well, i’ve made it 31 one years on this here planet and this much i know is true: there ain’t a better way to end your day than hacky sacking on top of a mountain while drinking champagne and watching the sun dip down into the ocean.
am i right, or am i right??? i’m oh so happy to hear if you’ve got a better idea, so speak up now, ya hear?
okay now, let’s get down to business, i’ve got some veeeeery important stuff to share. let’s see now, where was i…?
oh sheesh, i thought i had all sorts of funny and entertaining and important things to tell you, but wtf, we all just wanna look at pretty pictures anyway, so let’s just do that –
BUT before we dive into pretty picture zone, might i remind all of you folks who live in the northeastern part of our united states of america that maybe just maybe i will be in your neck of the woods for a book release party, and maybe just maybe you can come by and join in on the revelry??? here goes –
- June 12: Brooklyn, NY
- June 18: Amherst, MA
- June 20: Morrisville, VT (my home town!!!)
and don’t you worry Cali folks, once i am back i am driving down to LA for some parties there too!! check em out –
- July 31: Pasadena, CA
- Aug 1: Culver City, CA
- Aug 2: Los Angeles, CA
ok ok ok enough with all these WORDS, let’s get into some yummy stuff –
that is our workingman’s bread. (do you get it? if you do, you’ll also appreciate that what some people call their “office days” i refer to as my “dancing bear days.” what a long, strange trip…) we love workingman’s bread. it’s half rye flour, half wheat flour (all whole and stone ground at The Mill), and then we also sprout a bunch of rye berries and grind em up and work em in to the dough. aside from tasting real nice, i like to think that it’s a purty one as well… don’t you think?
holy moly, the pizza last week really blew my mind. and i can say that, because to be totally honest, the topping combo was wholeheartedly not even my idea. ya see, at Josey Baker Bread we subscribe to a philosophy that can be summed up thusly: best idea wins. and sometimes i don’t have the best ideas, sometimes the wonderful folks that i am fortunate enough to employ have the best ideas. and this was one of em: snap pea, radish + mint. and tonight: summer squash, rosemary + spinach. next week 6/16: corn, chard, + ricotta. and the following Monday 6/23: tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella. please enjoy the next couple pies for me, i will be away on book tour, and missing all of you and all of this pizza.
speaking of the very talented folks whom i have the joy of employing, ms. rachel anne duffy decided to do that with the berries in our galette the other day, and i thought it rather marvelous. i hope it tickles your eyes the way it does mine.
we’re always tweaking how we make the bread, and sometimes things go just right and it goes BOOM in the oven. the other day that happened, and it looked like that. it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
now i am VEEEERY pumped about that guy right there. ya see that is an experiment that i’ve been wanting to do for a long while, and i’ll tell you why. we are making some changes at The Mill, and one of the things we are going to start doing is making more breads with ancient grains, such as einkorn, spelt, and khorasan (same grain as Kamut, with a non-trademarked name). these grains behave differently in the dough than common wheat, and so present some fun and interesting challenges. we took a stab at it the other day, and this little beauty is what came of it. it’s a blend of einkorn, spelt and khorasan, with a weeeee bit of rye from the starter culture. all of the flour is whole grain, milled moments before being mixed into the dough. there’s no common wheat in it, nor is there any store bought yeast. we’re gonna start making it regularly soon, and we’re not quite sure what we are going to call it… got any good ideas?
my brother came over last night, and i know how much he likes it when i make him snacks, so i made him this. it’s our stone ground griddle cake, with some cutesy little strips of bacon, rosemary, maple syrup and szechuan peppercorn. i’m a bit outside of my comfort zone making stuff like this, but what the hell, ya gotta do that kinda stuff sometimes, yeah?
ok that is all peace out sweethearts hope to see some of ya on the east coast