Month: October 2005

Challalujah

Challalujah

Earlier on I said that I would write about my first bread making experience. Well on Canadian Thanksgiving (American Columbus Day), Chris and I invited some friends over for dinner and I made turkey, gravy, stuffing and challah bread.

For my first try at making bread, I would have to say it turned out alright. It wasn’t dense like a rock and it had a good flavour to it. I used my Kitchen Aide mixer to do all the goopy stuff and then I took it out for all the real hand kneading.

Dough is tough. When I punched it I actually felt a sting on my fist. I can imagine that back in the olden days the women and men making bread had some serious arms. The kneading is tedious and hard work. My advice to anyone who tries to make bread: give it some good hand work. Don’t skimp on the kneading.

My stove is funny. In my old apartment, the stove didn’t get hot enough. Now in my new apartment, the stove gets too hot. So, when I thought I had it at 375F, it was really 425F. The bread baked quicker and the crust was thicker and harder than I had anticipated. But when I cut into the loaf, it was wonderful and tasty. Maybe it’s because it was warm and baked goods, even when they’re mediocre, still taste good when fresh out of the oven.

The overall review of the bread from the guests was good, although I don’t know if they were being polite or telling the truth ( I will assume the latter). I had fun making the bread and today will be another attempt at challah but using a different recipe. Hopefully my first bread making attempt was not beginners luck.

Vocal Duets

Vocal Duets

Last Sunday (October 16th), I performed accapella vocal duets with my dear friend Judith Berkson. Judith is a fabulous musician with a unique musical concept and a great vocalist to boot. We performed in the Dowtown Music Gallery store on Bowery and 3rd. All pieces were free improvisations. Some were based on poetry and some not. We used the text from Dr. Suess’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” for one of the pieces. It was a fun 45 minutes and I hope that we get to do it again sometime soon.

Oh, then after the show we went to Joe Shanghai’s in Chinatown and had their amazing soup dumplings, yummy…..

Restless Spirit Music Series Season II Opens Tonight

Restless Spirit Music Series Season II Opens Tonight

Tonight is the beginning of Season II in the Restless Spirit Music Series at the 5C Cafe. I’m excited to say that Mat Maneri will be joining us this evening. We start at 7pm and hopefully the rain won’t hold back too many folks. Anyone in NYC who is interested, we would love to see ya.

Is It Supposed To Be Cold Season?

Is It Supposed To Be Cold Season?

Here I am sniffling and feeling tired and Chris has a cold. Is it already that time of year? If so, that sucks. This season’s Restless Spirit Music Series opens this Friday and all I need is a cold. Well I guess it’s chicken soup for the next week.

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