I was going to write about my father*. But the TV is on, and there is the Great British Baking Show ... Masterclass, where the two judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, are doing the baking!!! And they are showing us what their secrets are. Let's see what Mary Berry does with a madeira cake.
She adds candied lemon peel! I know how to do that. I will have plenty of lemons on the tree soon.
But Black Forest gateau is on the list for today's episode as well; I will hold out for that.
Yeah, not participating in NaNoWriMo, because this is the busiest time of year at work. But I can at least blog every day, can't I? Thus, I have signed up for NaBloPoMo and will be blo-po-ing daily this month.
Let's run my 2015 reading against the POPSUGAR reading challenge list. My recollection might not be perfect, but let's see how I fared. I am going to move all the no's to the bottom of the list, change the list to be numbered, and viola:
A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: "His Majesty's Dragons", about the navy and aviators in the 18th century. And dragons.
A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy: I knew I would love "The Racer"
A National Book Award winner: nope
A YA bestseller: nope
A book that's becoming a movie this year: not that I know
A book recommended by someone you just met: don't think so
A political memoir: nope
A book that's more than 600 pages: not even close
A book from Oprah's Book Club: nope
A book recommended by a family member: nope
A graphic novel: nope
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: nope. This is probably the hardest category.
A dystopian novel: I don't think so.
A book of poetry: nope
The first book you see in a bookstore: possibly
A classic from the 20th century: nope
A book from the library: nope
A book about a road trip: no
A satirical book: no
A book that takes place on an island: no
Not too bad! Considering that most of my reading was murder mysteries and science fiction, and 14 of the 30 books I read were all from the same detective series with the same setting and characters. And still I met more than half of the categories. With a little planning ahead, these forty bits should be fairly easy to check off.
... aber unsere Liebe nicht. It's an old German pop song, from back in the sixties, and it popped up in my brain because I am about to bake a Marmorkuchen, a marbled cake. I have not baked this kind of cake in a long time. I would not be surprised to find out I have never baked it since I moved here. So why now?
We have a staff meeting on the calendar for tomorrow morning, and I asked my manager if there would be cake. At first he responded with a firm NO, but then he added that, you know what, yes, there SHOULD be cake.
I said I would take this as my action item. Hmmm, what to bake? Last time I made lemon pound cake, with the super lemony trick. Breton apple cake sounds good, but I don't have enough apples at home. Oh, right. I have not made Marmorkuchen, marbled cake, in a loooong time, and it's a German specialty. Alright then. Marmorkuchen it is.
And it is later now, after 11:30pm, and the cake is almost done, while far away in France, Joaquim Rodriguez has won the stage up the Plateau des Beilles, soaking wet in the pouring rain.
Not enough hours in the day. ESPECIALLY in the evening. Le sigh.
I had a cup of coffee after lunch, took off for my training session at the gym, and arrived yawning. After having coffee, fer Chrissakes!
The trainer asked if I was stressed. And how I'd slept the night before. Nothing out of the ordinary, far as I can tell. But the Tour de France is quite a time commitment, I have to say. Two and a half, or three and a half hours every evening. We're at the halfway point now; they'll race into Paris on Sunday the 26th, and then I'll race into the finish line for Camp NaNoWriMo.