After six weeks or so of indulging my sweet tooth and my fat tooth in the name of holiday permisiveness, followed by a relaxing week-long post-Christmas vacation, I’ve been looking forward to getting back into the kitchen and on track with some nice savory, healthful breads.
My immune system, it turns out, had other plans, and the bread’s just going to have to wait until this nasty whatever-I’ve-got sees fit to decamp and I’m free to leave my bed.
In the meantime, have a meme: I was tagged for Fantastic Four by Zainab and Meedo, the sisters behind the fantastic Arabic Bites. I had a lot more than four choices for most of the answers, and why I picked the ones I did I cannot explain (I’m delirious, after all).
Four Jobs I Have Had:
- Mathematics tutor/teaching assistant (in college, when I could still differentiate between differentiating and integrating).
- Software engineer/systems analyst/academic computing consultant.
- Hand weaver.
- Nurse practitioner.
Four Places I Have Lived:
- Upstate New York.
- Boston (two suburbs, actually).
- New Hampshire and Vermont (two states, actually).
- Northern California.
Four Places I Have Vacationed:
Four Favorite Foods (I’m changing this to four favorite cuisines because I just can’t narrow it down to four foods, and even four cuisines is asking a lot):
- All Mediterranean (see how I cheat?).
Four Places I’d Rather Be:
- Honestly, I’m glad to be back home. I’d rather not be in bed, though.
- Anywhere near the ocean.
- Anywhere warm (not hot).
- Anywhere quiet.
Four People I’m Tagging:
- Not four. If you’re reading, you’re IT.
zainab & meedo says
we so happy to see you did the Meme.
Well it was nice to know about you.
Sorry to read you’re not ok.
Get well soon!
Thanks for your great tips on de Norwich Sourdough, they turned out even better last time!
I give Susan,
what’s a hand weaver? Do you have a loom?
And what kind of nurse practitioner?
I approve of the way you cheat!
Hope you’re feeling better soon.
Ulrike aka ostwestwind says
Get well soon!
I hope you feel better soon. As a chef trying to work up the ladder, the “4 places I’ve lived” is wide open, but now I’m happy to be back in upstate New York. I’m trying a variation of your Miche, which I did verbatim with great results a couple of days ago. I want to see what happens with the addition of Spelt and a bit more Rye Flour. My roots as a line cook can’t resist the tweaking you wrote about even though I know I need to follow formulas for a reason in bread making. Take care.
Hope you’re feeling better by now. I’ve enjoyed learning more about you. I used to hand weave as well until my loom was accidentally left behind during a move. I’ve also vacationed in Kauai and Sevilla, and would find it difficult to narrow my favorite foods to any less than a hundred or so.
Thanks all for your get-well wishes!
Zainab & Meedo, thanks for thinking of me to participate in the meme.
Lotte, I’m glad you’re liking the Norwich sourdough!
Tanna, I didn’t weave hands, but BY hand, which I suppose would have been equally well communicated by just saying weaver. My loom is still with me, but in garage storage and has not seen any action in quite some time. Family nurse practitioner (i.e., I should know better than to not get my flu shot!)
Ulrike, thank you!
Dan, I’m not against tweaking if it’s in a spirit of experimentation and learning, or if you’re experienced enough to know how your tweaks will affect things. Let me know how the spelt miche turns out!
Judy, how sad about your loom. I can’t bear to part with mine even though I’m no longer using it. Yes, a hundred favorite foods might be enough!
Sorry to hear you’re not well. I got sick over the holidays and it’s still hanging on a bit which is seriously annoying. I’ll look forward to the bread you’ll make and pass on the meme (since I just did one on one of my blogs…) : ) Cheers!