Well, contrary to what it may appear based on the lack of blogging, I have been baking, cooking and otherwise living my normal day to day life. This past weekend I went back home to Chicago to see some friends and family and get a change of scenery. Before I went I made some Almond Shortbread and french bread, and some bagels (although those are certainly old news by now).
The shortbread was composed of:
- 1 cup Earth Balance
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2-1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup almonds sprinkled on top and pressed in
It was delicious and buttery. I think next time I would use more almond extract and maybe some ground almonds in the dough in place of the flour for ultimate almondy flavor. I think these will definitely be reincarnated sometime during my holiday baking.
I also made some french bread, using my recipe, but making 2 smaller loaves for each of my friends. Unfortunately pretty stale by the time they got to my friends. Oh well… they still make good croutons!
I got to go grocery shopping while I was there too! I know there are grocery stores here, but not Whole Foods and Trader Joes! I got nice, cheap wine (Charles Shaw!), some peanut butter Larabars, granola planks and Middle Eastern Couscous! I want to use the couscous for something for dinner tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes.
Meanwhile, as I was off discovering new fun foods, Brent existed on groceries he picked out for himself:
and a lot of bagels I made for him.
See you later for a couscous update!