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October 2008
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Cooked a boring dinner for a bunch of people last night.
Also attempted soft pretzels for dessert. Pretty boring bread recipe, only one-and-a-half risings. Shape pretzels, dip in boiling water to form crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, bake.
They came out well. I personally feel that the crust was not thick/tough enough, but they had that distinctive pretzel taste, and all the extras got eaten. The only complaint I heard was that there was not enough sugar and cinnamon, and nobody must have minded too much, because nobody took me up on my offer to add extra.

I didn't use to inflict my cooking experiments on people, but I'm getting braver. I blame all the people (like this freak: killianpooh) who have sung the praises of my neophile cooking, and tolerate my inability to actually follow a recipe without improvising.

I'm starting to suspect the joy I get out of cooking for people is just a harmless little outlet for my control-freak tendencies. ("bwa ha ha! I control what you eat!")

And as for me, I welcome the chance to stop thinking about quantum physics or imploding social dynamics or the space robot or my published algorithms or whatever the hell I worry over uselessly in my mind. My thoughtspace narrows to the feel of the knife in my hand, or kneading bread. The smells of yeast and cinnamon and garlic and thyme and olive oil and bread baking. The awareness that there are people waiting, that they might actually enjoy the result.

Good way to get rid of stress, that. Mmmmmm.

Comments

I thank you for your twisted bread and the compliment.

They were quite lovely.

You dissed the coconut bread! You may not speak!

Re:

Suck it. :)

It was actually really good stuff. That's only the second time I've had someone else's cooking since I got back from Christmas, and believe me, it's much appreciated. :)

Just remember, though, that you can never have too much garlic.

You're just trying to get me to invite you back. Does next Sunday work? How do you feel about homemade pizza?

Woohoo, my evil plan worked!

Next Sunday is definitely good, as is homemade pizza. mmmmm... so long as nothing scary appears on top ;) you rule, you know.

Actually...next Sunday may or may not work. I'm going to Cathy's for Easter, and she said we'll be back "before Compline", but I don't know huw much before.

Oh, right, forgot the Easter thing. I am so not a good little Christian this year; I have no liturgical senses right now. Ne'er mind.

I'll happily accept homemade pizza another time, though...(other than Friday, got Good Friday stuff to uphold)

oh, and:

"...because nobody took me up on my offer to add extra."

Woohoo! I'm nobody! :D