If you like bread, oh boy you should have been here yesterday. Our crew loves homemade bread, something I’ve always found intimidating especially after having had a pizza dough failure. However, I’ve been slowly dabbling in it again this year (here & here). I finally tried Alexandra’s Kitchen recipe:
Don’t you love the light crust on the outside and see how fluffy the inside is? The family’s reactions:
Husband yells from the office, ” This bread is good!”
Princess Jellybean, “Mommy, this bread is so good. You need to make this bread every day.”
Princess Cupcake was too busy stuffing her mouth.
I used two, Pyrex bowls; one was 2.5 L while the other was 1.5 L. Next time, I will just use the 2.5 L one. I loved using my bread knife and hearing its serrated edges crunch through that crust!
Okay, onto books…
I decided to try out Bill Bryson, a travel writer, when Katherine of I Wish I Lived in a Library mentioned his books. London is definitely a place I’d like to visit one day; for now, vicariously is how I travel so I downloaded his memoir.
SUMMARY: After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson – bestselling author of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to return to the United States. (“I had recently read,” Bryson writes, “that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another,so it was clear that my people needed me.”) But before departing, he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.
Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.
THE VERDICT: Unfortunately, this Kindle book was added to my Incomplete shelf. I got up to chapter seven, trying to give his writing a chance. I didn’t feel hooked from the beginning. I guess his travels wasn’t what I had expected or wanted to learn about the country.
So I stopped and turned to my second book:
It’s still a read-in-progress but I will just say for now I love Carol Carr’s blunt writing style.
What are you reading and baking?