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12:23 AM
Just popping in to say that I miss you, friendos. It warms my heart to see faces old and new being as supportive and awesome as ever.
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5:48 PM
@Preston Thank you. Positive feedback is always appreciated. Especially at the moment. How are you these days?
 
6:11 PM
I am well. I've thrown myself (back) into school. Busy with all of the things that entails.
Oooh I attended a sourdough workshop a couple of weeks ago. That was dope.
Lots of slappin' and folding.
Bread babies @Stephie
 
@Preston lovely!
 
Also, evidence of pizza-based happiness from the same trip: instagram.com/p/B3QjgYGHV4E/…
 
@Preston They grow so fast and then they are gone.
 
Not a terrible problem to have, I guess.
 
@Preston ohhhh that lovely look you give the dough. I can relate - I bet I’ve done something similar. Although I don’t bake too much these days as per explicit request of hubby.
 
6:22 PM
Carbs evil. Boo. Hiss.
I had been eating keto for 2 months leading up to that weekend. I was ready for bread. And beer. Now I want to bake regularly, but I don't really want to eat it. I've been struggling to try to figure out if that's weird behavior--to bake exclusively for others. lol
 
Not because of that, but long draining days at the office and then coming home to a fresh lukewarm loaf of good, handmade bread? That’s self-control going down the drain and a bad night due to reflux.
 
Oh yeah that makes sense.
 
But I know the feeling - I have made <random baked goods> and given most of it away. My neighbors love me more than ever.
 
<sigh>
I think I have to double-check with my friend when she fires up the bake house. Maybe I can sneak in some extra loaves.
 
6:30 PM
I wield my influence exclusively for good, promise.
 
She owes me, big time.
And when I’m there anyway, I’ll probably help shaping the other fourth-odd loaves that make one batch, and try to be useful. I’m good at making newbies work.
@Preston what am I looking at here?
 
@Stephie These are sourdough loaves with cooked grits folded inside of them! Then rolled in ground raw grits for texture and that dreamy color.
 
Nice!
 
(coarse ground corn meal)
 
I should probably give Roger and Wil a few rounds of feeding...?
(My sourdoughs, rye and wheat.)
 
6:40 PM
:P
 
Did you name yours?
 
I should!
 
I am trying to get the minors into the kitchen more and more. Minor 1 made his first “solo” yeast dough a few weeks ago.
 
Oh nice. I remember the first "meal" I prepared as a kid. It was a little cup of pickles, a squirt of mustard, and some crackers. I was very proud.
 
Yay!
Next dish on minor’s (slightly haphazard) kitchen curriculum: roast beef.
 
6:49 PM
Oh nice! That's a good one. I think any of those kinds of dishes that show off the magic of time are good lessons in the beginning. Planning + some technique up front and then just... waiting for a cool payoff.
 
If we’re brutally honest, it’s perfectly simple - a quick sear, then stick a thermometer in and pop it in a warm oven.
 
simple for us!
 
And once you have grasped that, applying the principle to a steak , a chicken breast, a pork loin... is simple.
 
Yesssss! So many people learn by recipe. But, man... technique is so much more empowering.
 
My mum is a decent cook. But she doesn’t understand the principles. She treats every dish like an individual preparation method and needs the recipes. That’s how I started, too. Tedious. When I first stumbled over a cook book with methods and technique - a whole new world opened up.
So obviously that’s how we will teach the minors.
Ratios. Basic technique.
Then let them go wild.
 
7:03 PM
@Stephie Hello! Just got in from the hospital. Hubby had the surgery this morning. It went well. :)
@Preston Hi!
 
@Cindy OMG! I was crossing my fingers and thinking of you all the time.
That’s good news.
 
@Stephie Thanks! Quite a relief to have it over with. He will have to stay overnight for observation though.
 
Of course.
 
There will be a few semi-lengthy restrictions, like not lifting his left arm over his head or not lifting more than 10 pounds with that arm for 4 weeks. But otherwise just light duty stuff for 4 - 6 weeks. And he won't have to wear the defibrillator vest!
 
How are you holding up?
 
7:19 PM
Heya @Cindy. Glad to hear positive news on that front.
 
I'm good. Just a little tired.
 
Good. Promise that you will also take care of yourself.
 
@Stephie Absolutely. If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to help others.
 
Sometimes I help myself to another serving of self destructive behavior. Does that count?
 
I have seen enough examples where people made exactly this very basic mistake.
Like they explain in the pre-flight safety instructions: Put on your oxygen mask first, then help others.
 
7:35 PM
Exactly.
@Stephie @Preston Great seeing you. But, as we left very early this morning, I have quite a few things I need to get done. Catch you later!
 
@Cindy have a good day and tell your hubby we wish him a speedy recovery!
 

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