“I don’t often have the luck to dream like this. It is new to me for a nightmare to lead to a lobster. It is commonly the other way.”
-G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
Smoked Salmon Biscuit with Chive & Dill Cream Cheese “Icing”
_ _ In life, my mom’s father has been both financially lucky, and savvy. A career in the Air Force allowed him to retire with multiple pensions: savvy; a company paid him to allow them to put up a cell phone tower on part of his several acres (and then didn’t stop paying him after the tower was no longer in use): savvy and lucky; he hit natural gas on his land and now can power his home for free: lucky; he created four ponds in which to raise catfish for profit, but they have now become his friends and pets, and at 89 years old he still makes the walk to them every day to feed his babies: funny.
_ _ I love my grandpa and I love these smoked salmon biscuits. They’re intended to be an appetizer, but filling enough to be dinner… and because they’re similar to a bagel with cream cheese and lox, I currently feel justified in eating them for breakfast as well.
“I like breakfast-time better than any other moment in the day,” said Mr. Irwine. “No dust has settled on one’s mind then, and it presents a clear mirror to the rays of things.”
-George Eliot, Adam Bede
_ _I originally considered titling this post “Hold on tight spider monkey… bread” but then I realized that I don’t particularly want to showcase not only that I have seen, but can quote “Twilight” the movie. Granted, these films may be my guilty pleasure, but I also wrote a college paper on the glamorized yet unhealthy and borderline abusive relationship between Bella and Edward. Ohhh how two-faced I feel.
_ _When I see recipes for Monkey Bread they are nearly always made in a bundt pan (which always sounded like a dirty word to me) and not only do I not own said pan, I refuse to buy one for a single recipe… even if it is a recipe that I have been dying to make. So I switched it up and decided to make it in miniature. A true spider monkey… bread.
“People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained.”
-Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
Rosemary & Sea Salt Bread
(Photo courtesy of browneyedbaker until I can take my own!)
_ _Ok, so homemade bread may not be the most “easily obtained” thing, but it’s undeniably one of the simplest comfort foods… welcome to my obsession with carbs. This time last year I had never attempted to bake my own bread, and honestly the thought hadn’t really crossed my mind to try- until I came upon a recipe for homemade rosemary bread (and when I say “came upon” I mean I spend hours of my free time trolling for recipes online… that’s normal, right?) Frankly I was intimidated; I have a complex about being bad at things, which I’m sure is very Freudian but I wouldn’t know because I failed Psyche101. In any case, I didn’t run straight to the kitchen, but instead allowed the idea to percolate. That night, rosemary baked goods Freddy Kreugered my dreams (it’s a verb, trust me I’m an English major); I was positive that if I didn’t make this bread immediately I would die. Yes, die. So with the help of Pam Tolbert [hi mom!] who was nearby to keep my confidence high with comments like “don’t TOUCH it! The yeast is supposed to look like that,” I tentatively stepped into the world of homemade bread… and I’ve never looked back.
_ _I do have to give a huge shout out to my life-saving Kitchenaid mixer, because since that first day I’ve tried making bread the old fashioned way, and when I do, I weep; I gnash my teeth; I cross going to the gym off that day’s “to do” list… it’s just way more work. But whether or not you have said mixer, the smell of delicious, baking rosemary bread wafting through your house will make all the effort worthwhile. Just go make it. Now.