In order to try to make tomorrow less hectic, and include more sleeping and laundry. I have tried to prep things in a way that I’ve never attempted before. I have a few things to do tomorrow, but I’m hoping the majority of them can be done while cleaning the house and doing laundry.
This is how my day went…
- Get in touch with little sister. Go dress shopping for wedding next weekend. Find dress, get discount on dress, plan to drop off at dry cleaners, fail to drop off at dry cleaners. Get lunch at restaurant that is usually too full on weekends for us to find a seat. Find shoes, buy shoes, drop sister off to do her laundry, confirm ideas about menu for tomorrow.
- Get flour sifter – change life.
- Go food shopping.
- Get home, start by cleaning dishes, because there is nothing worse than making any dishes with an already full sink. It makes me feel like I don’t want to clean anything – let alone the dishes you are about to, or have just made.
- Make sangria*, force self not to drink it right away.
- Make pasta for dinner to have with a few meatballs and gravy.
- Make swedish meatballs. Eat 3 with dinner, with gravy.
- Make bread dough for crostini with arugula pesto, goat cheese and proscuitto which needs to sit overnight, apparently.
- Make chocolate cake.
1/4 c milk
3 tbsp drawn butter**
1/2 cup finely chopped
1 tsp & 1 pinch of salt
2 lbs ground chuck and ground pork (I used mostly pork, cause it was cheaper)
2 eggs (large, if you have it)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 ground allspice
3 cups beef broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
preheat oven: 200F
in a small bowl: tear white bread and pour milk over it – set aside.
take a skillet and heat 1 tablespoon of clarified/drawn butter and pinch of salt with onions until soft.
in a stand mixer, combine the bread/milk, ground meats, egg yolks, 1 tsp salt, pepper and spices and onions. beat for a few minutes until combined.
try really hard to imagine what 1 ounce looks like – roll the meatballs into that size. hope that it’s the right size.
3 cups of warm water (roughly 100F)
1-1/2 tbsp yeast
1-1/2 tbsp salt
6-1/2 cups all purpose flour
Mix until there are no dry spot. dough will be kind of gelatinous, and keep the contours of the bowl. I can’t say with 100% certainty that I actually put 6 and a half cups of flour in this… I was a little distracted by… life? Something.
I made it exactly as the recipe suggests. I’m getting too tired to explain all that right now… But they came out fairly short levels. After a quick discussion, I may not have to do much more with it, or make more layers, depending on how much food I have already for tomorrow, but I may make a few more layers, and I still need to decide which icing I’ll be making too…
*The sangria deserves it’s own post. I will update it once we actually start drinking it.
**drawn butter is taking milk fats from butter. it can be done easily in a microwave, a 2 cup measuring cup, and 5-6 tbsp of unsalted butter, chop into slices, wait until it foams up, then let it stand (in fridge) and take a spoon and clean off the bubbles, retain yellow butter on bottom for recipe.