As part of my ‘bake more’ initiative I have made bread. This might be dramatic but bread is the centre to my life, so I’ve made bagels, with the help of a family friend who supplied everything including the kitchen sink. This idea to bake bagels specifically came to me after I ate a whole packet of bagels in two days and wanted more. No judging. Now I have 8+a mini bagel of chewy, soft bready goodness.
The recipe came from the ever faithful BBC GoodFood. The bagels were so simple and really enjoyable to make (and even better to eat).
It was always a mystery to me how bagels were made but I didn’t realise how simple the procedure was! The only thing I couldn’t get right was the outside shell, it was quite rough looking and not smooth like the shop bought bagels. I think I’m going to put it down to not enough kneading.
I recommend baking bagels to anyone, the end product with lashings of butter are incredibly worth it.
Next baking project will hopefully be creme brûlée!
Keeping with a creative mindset I’ve been in recently, I tried my hand at origami. Immediately, I ran into a few complications.
First complication; I live in a small town where, believe it or not, origami paper is not stocked in any shops. I used sugar paper, not the optimal paper choice for origami but, did the job nonetheless.
Second complication; I don’t own a scissors. I know you’re thinking, why do you need one to master the art of paper folding? Well, sugar paper does not come in squares so I had to fold and rip into a square, leading to near impossible clean folds after that.
Third complication; I have little patience. Trying to do the elephant (where the video is 24 minutes long, not including all the times I paused it) was tricky at the best of times!
Once I got into it I really enjoyed it. It is a great way to occupy a distracted mind while creating stunning little creatures. I made a butterfly, an elephant and the iconic crane.
I pretty quickly realised I’m not great at origami, not bad but not great. I think I’ll blame it on the paper. Yes, it was definitely the poor paper choice, not my lack of any type of finesse.
I want to share a secret with you guys…this is my proper first attempt. Laugh away! I call it shark crane, a Cark.
Starting as of tomorrow, the road to list completion will commence!
- Visit Brighton
- Make lemonade
- Bake a creme brulee
- Do a trip within Ireland
- Lose some weight/become fitter
- Take more photos
- Movie Marathon (preferably Harry Potter and/or Wes Anderson)
- Read more
- Tie dye something (anything!)
- Make a bathing suit from scratch
- Go to the zoo
- Means test for the best paper airplane
- Bake more in general
This list will probably be added to as I go along or thing of more things to accomplish!
So if you haven’t found my ‘About Me‘ page, this will act as your guide to what I want this blog to do. As final year creeps up on me and summer (non-deliberate) unemployment beckons more than ever I wanted to try new things and get out more. Here is a list of things I would like to accomplish and I will document everything on this blog. So I am giving myself a time frame, June to September, to accomplish as much as possible.
Find my list on the next post!