Life has not been going exactly as planned lately. Expectations rose high, too high. Then the atmosphere thinned and dropped us like flies. But it’s okay, we’ve been here before. The husband and I have become pretty good at a quick recovery.
Thanksgiving was low-key and wonderful. I adore my family. I think I’d have a wonderful time if we just sat and stared at the floor all weekend. Okay, well maybe I don’t like them that much.
-I discovered a new whole wheat sandwich bread that has replaced my former version. It makes three loaves instead of one and has a fluffier texture.
-In a concerted effort to eat healthier, I purchased a giant bag of almonds at BJs, then promptly realized that raw almonds have an odd, slightly unpleasant chewy texture that isn‘t really my cuppa tea. A little research and hardly any effort produced this recipe** for roasted almonds; so ridiculously simple, I will never go back to store-bought. (Well, except maybe for this, which I firmly believe is glorified crack in a can and has no substitute.)
-On a whim one weeknight, I baked up a batch of David Lebovitz’s sugar-crusted popovers. Yes, they really are as delicious as they sound. Although (not that I’m really one to criticize the former pastry chef of Chez Panisse), next time I think I would add a little more sugar to the batter, and add the coating to the tops only, as a full drenching in sugar made noshing very messy.
** A note about the roasted almonds recipe- I skipped the blanching, and used kosher or table salt instead of sea salt. Also, I found the appropriate cooking time to be more around 15-20 minutes, not 20-30. Oh, and I highly recommend using a teaspoon of pepperless adobo powder in lieue of the salt. It gives the almonds a fancy little kick.