Projects, New and Old; Big and Small
It's not every day that I'm struck with the lightning bolt of creativity. More days than not are culinary disasters. Case in point, the other morning I was craving pancakes, and got up to make them. My milk was frozen and so I used heavy cream that I thinned out. DID NOT WORK. No worries, I thought. I'll just make some toast. BURNED IT. So, I got back in bed and waited for lunch time. Macarons. Well, though I've made them successfully at work, I can't at home. They're beautiful, feet and all, smooth shell, but also HOLLOW. Yes, I've been humbled in a lot of my endeavors, but I carry on.
I had countless notebooks, pads, paper scraps-not to mention pages bookmarked under "Recipes to Try," notes in my phone-laying around the house with ideas, thoughts, flavors, sketches, recipes (untitled, I might add and often just ingredient lists) scribbled in them that nag at me constantly. Some are small, like cupcakes for a friend's party, cookies I'm craving. Or making Whoopie Pies to use up a jar of 'Mallow Fluff I found in the cabinet.
While tackling the little things, I've had this larger one lurking in the background. Part of me tried to ignore it, but since I haven't any other excuses, I decided to finish it and test it out. I finally cut, glazed and tasted it today. While I am happy with the initial results in that I don't have to start from square 1, there are a few things to tweak. I won't divulge details other than it's called "The Candy Bar." Since this dessert was built in my half-sheet frame, I'm going to need a lot of friends to help me finish this one off before I can make another one (and pass out pieces of that too). Until then, enjoy this teaser in anticipation.