Operation Mother’s Day turned out really well, as did actual Mother’s Day.
Saturday Mom’s Day started around 7 pm on Friday night, when I mixed together the ingredients for no-knead bread, swapping a ¾ C pumpernickel flour for some of the white flour. Goodness, I must have been hungover, because the next morning when I woke up around 6 am to turn and let rest for 2 hours I did something and it turned out flatter than normal. Oy. But it still tasted good, so bonus! Phew!
Well, maybe it technically started on Thursday night when I made white chocolate bark for my 2 Mammas. This was really simple: Melt white chocolate. Spread over parchment paper, sprinkle toppings on and press down. Let cool. Break into pieces. You can really and should really load them up with toppings to give them a good chance of standing out/not being drowned out by the white chocolate. I picked dried pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts since I’d seen another blogger make the same bark on Serious Eats’ Photograzing.
Zee coconut. You don’t need to chop it up.
It was very hard to keep Albany John away from the macadamias. We even have some left over!
Slab of melted white chocolatey goodness, with pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts pressed into it.
The look pretty similar after sitting in the freezer to chill and firm for a few minutes.
Break it up! Pow Pow Pow!
After making the bread, a few hours later I made blueberry scones. I used the Cook’s Illustrated recipe that Papa Amherst uses. Except our milk had gone sour. And we had no sour cream. Luckily I had some yogurt in the fridge and subbed that. I figured it would have been a similar texture (I made my own yogurt and it was more on the watery side) so I just used a cup of that.
A bit sloppier coming out of the oven, but very tasty. Seems like the larger ones hold their shape very well. Skip the teeny scones
Delicious flaky layers of sconey goodness. Mmm. And rainbow sprinkles!
I’d like to imagine it was someone’s first day at a crazy bacon plant:
“Roy! What are you doing, man?!”
“Hunh? I just thought you laid bacon out in strips on top of each other like this…”
The silver lining to this shrinking-bacon cloud is that I have just about doubled my bacon fat can. What? Like I’m gonna throw that stuff away? Psshhhhh.
2nd batch was much better looking.
Sweet success! I’m sure half of it was the shock that all three of her children managed to pull this off, and the other half that we actually were able to keep it a secret from her.
Albany John, my brother, and I went off to Tulip Fest for some of the early afternoon. We got there pretty early, and I enjoyed the people watching while sitting on a blanket near the main stage. Somehow I feel like the atmosphere was a little different than usual. We got there when music was just setting up, and there were people who had brought their own personal tents. Most of them were off to the side, but some people set up right in the middle of the field. There were also people playing beer pong nearer to the front of the field. I don’t really remember seeing stuff like that before, or maybe as much as was present this year. Or am I just not remembering as much from last year? However, I didn’t see the shirtless guy with a fur jacket like I did last year! Also different, I feel like people were friendlier? Maybe? We didn’t stay very long though, something we were thankful of after it started pouring when we got home! Sounds like we left before things got dirty though (scroll down for tons of other perspectives from T-fest as well, in the comments).
And I love Daily Grind for A) providing us with much needed caffeine after being drained from too much noon-time sun. $4.50 for 2 large iced coffees. I like them because they’re fairly mellow and easy to drink.
And B) for letting us use their “Out of Order” bathroom since we had to pee really badly. (And I’d also like to think because we said “please” and “ohmigoshyourock”)
The next day we met up with Mama and Papa Amherst in Hudson, NY to visit an old manor and walk around Warren St, where there are a lot of antique shops. It was fairly relaxing, but also quite chilly! Like a fool, I figured it would warm up and didn’t bring a jacket. But that’s okay since I am now the owner of a rather gaudy and tacky winter themed sweater.