Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

Before the birth of my son Matthew, I would begin and end my day with prayer.  The content would vary a little from day to day, but without fail I always asked a question and I always asked for a sign.  “Lord what do you want me to do?”  “Lord, if it is your will,…

Viennoiserie at le Cordon Bleu and Radical Change Part #2

March 30th, day #2  we all piled back into the kitchen at noon. There was to be no more two hour pre-amble in the demonstration kitchen.  Chef Hervé, would demonstrate what we needed to accomplish, we would take notes and then head back to our stations to attempt what he had demonstrated.   I could…

Rich Man’s Brioche – Week #6

When I first looked at the table of contents for  recipes inside the BBA before deciding to do the baking challenge, I had warning bells immediately go off inside my head. The catalyst for the bells was the formulas for brioche and cornbread.  My dear friend Cristiana who is also a pastry chef instructor at…

Poolish Baguettes – Week #6

I do not think it is possible to make a Paris style baguette in the home. To me, a good baguette is almost like an incendiary device.  A crust so crisp that it shatters and explodes when a piece is broken off.  So much so that the broom and dustpan are required to clean up…

Chuck Jones, Coyotes and and Serpents…Oh my.

Matthew and I needed a break from homelife and the mundane tasks that are forever on a mom’s list.  Our school date at Billings last week left a huge impression on him and all week he has been happily chattering away about coyotes.  For the life of me, I don’t know why but he is…

Kaiser Rolls-Week #5

Chris and I watched a fascinating documentary on BBC a week or so ago which inspired me to tackle Kaiser rolls.  The documentary was called Victorian Bakers. It featured four modern professional bakers who for a period of time gave up their successful businesses to explore the history of bread in the U.K. during the…

Casatiello – Week #4

I have a friend who once said that when she needed some peace and quiet from the noisiness of family life she would sit in the corner of her kitchen, with an apron over her head and pray her rosary. That’s about the sum total of last week. Multiple members of our family were sick….

New York Deli Rye – Week #3

I grew up south of the city of Ottawa, in a small rural village named Manotick.  We didn’t live in the village we lived south of the village between Manotick and Kars. The roads that diviied up our community, essentially a farming community were labelled lines in lieu of names and could meander from one…

Poilâne-Style Miche: Week #3

As a new bride, my husband gifted me a copy of Breaking Bread written by Benedictine monk of Fr. Dominic Garramone along with his accompanying, instructional VHS video. My husband is a first class “breadhead”.  I use this term affectionately.  Together we watched the video and Fr. Dom’s television segments on PBS.  For St. Valentines…

Artos: Greek Celebration Breads – Week #2

​I have had a lifelong,  long distance love affair with Greece.  It has been on my bucket list since I was a tween.  At that impressionable age, the thought of poking around the ruins of Knossos Crete was thrilling.  It was delicious to daydream about how Theseus and Ariadne solved Daedalus’ labyrinth and vanquished the…

Seed Culture and Barm – Week #2

In highschool I failed miserably at chemistry and physics.  I do not have a head for math at all.  So, when it comes to what I feel is a science project, my heart and stomach are always in knots.  When I committed to doing this baking challenge, the first thing I did was start the…

Marbled Rye Bread: Week #1

The first recipe I chose to make in the baking challenge was the marbled rye found on pages 191 through 194 of Peter Reinharts Bread Baker’s Apprentice.  I chose this loaf first because it could be prepared in 1 day and as a family we are a little dotty over rye bread. We decided to…