July 18th, 2013


adventures in baking

Some of you will recall I started a Great Cake Baking Project a while back, intending to bake one of each of the cakes in my 80 year old cookbook. The very first cake, an angel food cake, turned out somethig more of an angel food doughnut: it tasted fine right out of the oven, but I’d overwhipped it and it was flat.

Well, having all these leftover egg whites from making custard for ice cream, I figured I should try it again. Except having just moved, I have no idea where my tube pan is. So I ended up making cupcakes.

I didn’t take pictures, but they turned out perfectly. They also verified what my mother has always said to be true, which is that angel food cake is pretty useless cake. It’s only good the day you bake it, and even then the only thing you really want to do with it is pour strawberries and cream over it and make strawberry shortcake. In this regard, it was magnificent. By the next day, it was just sort of nasty. So it’s a good thing they turned out, because now I don’t have to ever make another angel food cake. :)

Then there was the chocolate ice cream I tried making. Now, I screwed up the custard–the double-boiler water wasn’t hot enough when I started, so it cooked too long and got lumpy (causing me to run to the internet to see if lumpy custard could be saved. The answer: yes, with a wire whisk and an arm-numbing amount of whisking.)–so I can’t be sure if it was me or the recipe, but the final result was a frozen chocolate mousse. Now, if you wanted a frozen chocolate mousse, it was very nice, but I didn’t, so it was disappointing. Now I can’t decide if I should try that recipe again in case it was me, or just move on…

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


busy day

Ted was off work today, so I brought the boys to the zoo, got them in on the family pass that has my name/picture on it, and went off to town to work.

And work I did. I answered the critical emails that were piled up in my inbox and managed to triage another 500 or so. (And I still have 800 left, gah.) I spent time actually unflagging things because right now Gmail thinks EVERY EMAIL is Important, and I want to be able to use that feature for actually important things if I need to.

Halfway through the day, Gmail updated itself to its new format, which I acually will find potentially quite useful, though the first thing I wanted to do was add tabs of my own, which it won’t let you do. I’ll have to train it to recognize work stuff as ‘primary’, I guess, and everything else as social or promotional. It’s doing well with promotional already, really.

Anyway, so it was a good day. There’s plenty more to do, but I got a satisfying amount done.

Wow. This thing with Nic Cage & Ron Perlman just came on TV. Season of the Witch. In its first ten minutes or so, it’s pretty much proving itself to actually be worse than you’d expect something with Perlman & Cage in it to be, which is saying quite a lot.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)