Monthly Archives: April 2010

PB&J Bread

Finally, here is the PB&J bread I talk about endlessly. There’s my loaf, pictured above, about to go in the oven. This bread also turned out great, which leads me to believe that Jim Lahey is a demigod. However, making this bread was a little bit more of an adventure than my first loaf. The recipe is still pretty basic in terms of ingredients, with flour, yeast, water, salt, egg, and peanut butter going into the dough. You have to wait around for another 12 hours or so until the dough gets big and gassy. Then you smush it out into a big rectangular sheet, spread jam or jelly all over it, roll it up, and pop it in a loaf pan for a quick second fermentation before you bake it. This was all very straightforward except for the part where I had to pop it in the loaf pan. I’m not sure if my dough wasn’t the right consistency or if I missed some crucial dough-handling chapter, but after I rolled up the jam in the dough, my bread-to-be looked like a giant, fat slug. I mean a HUGE slug that was extremely movement-averse. This is extra stressful because now you have all this fruit stuff inside the slug, so if you manhandle the slug into the loaf pan, it will just burst and create a big mess. I finally negotiated my slug onto a baking sheet, shoved all his lovehandles into the upside-down loaf pan, and flipped the whole contraption over. That’s why my dough is all wrinkly and ugly instead of smooth and perfect like Jim’s in his book. All this aside, the bread was still delicious. More pictures after the jump.

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Rollercoaster

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Around the World in 80 Seconds

{from Kottke}

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Links I Love

Whenever I go away for a weekend it always takes me at least a full week to catch up on my Google Reader. Here are a bunch of links I’ve been saving to share.

1. Sea Creature Cupcakes!! Anyone who knows me knows that I love cupcakes and that I love anything that swims, scuttles, or lurks in the ocean. I like the shark and the starfish the best! {from Cupcakes Take The Cake}

2. Fantastic sweatshirts by Teenagers In Love {from Vic’s blog}

3. This felt sheet folds up into a cute little tote bucket. I want to load it with food and take it for a picnic! {from NotCot}

4. New Ratatat album art and release date! {from Pretty Much Amazing}

5. Animal-shaped papers clips by Midori. Just the sort of pointless office supply I can’t resist. {from NotCot}

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Strike a Pose

Yes. I am a girl and I took photographs of my cat. Angie is four years old and has spent most of her life with my two golden retrievers. She’s pretty sure she’s a dog. And a model.

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Meerkats make the best citizens

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I’m sorry. This is the cutest thing ever. The London Zoo gave their meerkats fake ballots and put a little post box in their enclosure to raise awareness about the upcoming elections. I love it when adorable animals and civic duties intersect.

{from Gawker}

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Geek Watches

One of my favorite possessions is my Timex digital watch, pictured below. It’s a pretty geeky watch, but I don’t care; I love it. So I was really impressed when I came across the Casio Databank, pictured above. This baby has a calendar, calculator, currency converter, stop watch, and alarm clock. It comes in a classic black version, but I happen to think the black version is pretty ugly. I have a big crush on this ivory one though. Talk about geek-chic. Or maybe just geek, because I’ve been told that my Timex is actually not that cool.

{Timex available from Amazon, Casio available from Urban Outfitters, seen on Uncrate}

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