Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Erin Go Bragh

I like making bread. It's fun to rummage around in the cupboards and fridge and find new and interesting stuff to throw into the dough. Bread dough is very forgiving and you can add all kinds of interesting things...take today for example. Besides the usual cornmeal and oatmeal, added what was left of a box of organic corn flakes, there wasn't enough left for a bowl, so it was just sitting there, never to be used, until it found its way into my bread. Then, I started digging in the fridge looking for interesting leftovers, but came up empty. But, there was a bottle of some kind of vitamin powder passed on to us from our neighbor when she cleaned out her refrigerator before moving off-island. The powder is nasty-looking, about the consistency of soot and a really dark green color, something nobody in this house would eat voluntarily, but since I knew that a bottle of that stuff sells for $25, I really hated to just throw it away, so it's been residing in the back of the fridge...until today. I figured I could throw a little into the bread and add a few extra vitamins without anyone in the family finding out about it. Uh, yeah. Turns out the green powder is really really green, and no amount of flour or kneading is going to change that. My bread, though it tastes just fine, looks like the nightmare of someone who had just a tad bit too much green beer on St. Patrick's Day. There is no way I was going to smuggle those extra vitamins past the kids.

For those of you wondering, the bank DID find my deposit and had it in our account by Saturday morning. Just sucks to be the poor bugger who had a mysterious wad of money in their account for a half day, only to have it just as mysteriously disappear.

Book Review Tuesday: Hey Cowgirl, Need a Ride? By Baxter Black While the plot of this book was a bit odd, the writing totally redeemed any shortcomings. Baxter Black is a cowboy poet, who also had written some fiction books, of which this is one of them. I didn't realize until I was almost done with it that it's a sequel, but it works fine as a stand alone. Black's analogies are so much fun, I could read an entire book of just those alone, he hauls in some great secondary characters and a goofy plot about a big game hunt for endangered animals. All in all, a totally fun book to read and I'm now going out in search of the first book.