I finally, after 4 1/2 years, received the fabled "Golden Ticket" ! Yes, they do exist. not actually golden either, but it will end up on my wall in a frame. So, how to do it justice? this is going to be very difficult, as the parcel arrived at FedEd on Wednesday, late. Actually too late for me to even pick it up, as Wednesday was the third day of looking at huge striped layers of tenting totally engulfing my house that were finally dropping off as the crew exposed what is now purported to be a termite free structure.
Now, this in and of itself may not have been all that difficult to deal with, however, I'm also the dubious owner of a neurotic cockatoo that had only weeks earlier laid two eggs. See, you don't just pack up and go to a hotel with a rather large parrot in a larger cage, especially when she's sitting eggs. Problem. Solution not however optimal. Now, at least I reside in SoCal, so we've not been experiencing the absolutely Yellow Brick Road weather much of the nation has been blessed with. It's been mild at night and actually pretty warm in the day here. Given that, the solution was to move the cage, bird and eggs just outside, into a rather small backyard. This too presents obvious problems; where do I hire a bird-sitter for an already neurotic white parrot sitting on two eggs. You don't, that I know of. Second solution; stay with the bird. Yeah, can do. I do have an old official cedar, I think, and canvas, I know, surplus cot, and a sleeping bag. Time for a stay-at-home camping adventure. Work, yeah, that too. An extension cord and wireless router saved the day and I could just work on files from home. So cage outside, cot next to cage, computer, extra monitor, wireless phones and a few basic supplies on a picnic table was my new outdoor office for three days. Now, obviously, there are other physiological needs that would need to be tended to, but those details are left to the reader.
Wait, this is about an Average Joe Bread Kit isn't it.
Yeah, and just how am I supposed to make bread, enter the house with breathing gear in a hazmat suit? So I picked up the parcel from FedEx on the way to work this morning, Thursday, and needing to make up some time just got home at 20:45 local, that's PDT, so many of you are already reading your eyelids, but I've got a book to read. Not going to get a chance to sample the wares, just play touchy-feelie with the goods. Others have pretty well covered what's in the kit, but the flour is the noted King Arthur Bread Flour, that's good for points. And the other ingredients, yep, all there, no shopping required, another plus. Did I already have some of these ingredients, true that; I have a bread machine, but this isn't bread machine plonk we're trying to make here is it?
I've got bread cookbooks with lot's of recipes, but this one is visual, and not being a cooking school graduate, or for that matter even a decent cook, much less a baker, this makes it all look easy. I've never had good luck getting yeast breads to come out consistently, so when I'm not using the machine, I tend to do soda breads. Those heavy loafs that do well as lethal projectiles a day or so after they're baked, especially if you have your old school boy slingshot.
The BOOK, let's talk about the book. For me this is what makes the kit. It's got pictures. It not only tells you what you knead to do, but shows you. Huge plus, the other cook books just fail here. And it sounds like it's going to be simple, but will likely try my patience; what is this 18-24 hour business. I can't even remember what I was doing 24 hours ago, much less predict what I'm going to be doing 24 hours from now.
So, now with little time left for you to purchase this, based of course on this extensive and concise review, I'm going to start my first loaf of bread. This looks like it's gonna be some fun.
I ask you now, could I have really made this up?
Think so, check this out my digs for the last three days, before I got the cot setup…
Thanks WD and George, but next time let's try to improve our timing just a bit...
AverageJoe, thank you too, nice concept.