Baby Harbat is feeling better. Now she’s back up to shenanigans like wagging her finger at various things (parents, pieces of bread, dolls) and saying, “No no no!” Because she is such a gifted and advanced child, she is already negating at a 2-year old level! We get the terrible twos a few months early! She has gotten really good at the full-body-limp collapse when you attempt to pick her up to take her somewhere she doesn’t want. I’ve never heard her say “Yes”, though she says no about a thousand times a day. Still, she’s damn cute and lots of fun, so I’ll take the terrible twos any day.
In the marvelous yeasty world of bread, I’m learning about whole wheat flour and aging. Apparently, you can use whole wheat flour immediately after it is milled (up to 8 hours later), or age it for 2 weeks in a paper bag at room temperature. What happens between 8 hours and two weeks? I think this no-man’s land produces inferior bread, somehow. I made a double batch of multigrain sandwich this weekend, and it was very pale and somewhat crumbly. I think it has to do with underkneading, as I’m still learning the feel of this new flour. But maybe it hasn’t been aged properly! This is what I tell myself.
Also, I’m thinking of adding another option to the Aurora Bakery menu: pizza crusts. I’ll pre-bake them and package them up like Boboli, so people can buy it and drop on toppings and just slide it in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese and get everything crispy. Voila! Artisan pizza in fifteen minutes! We’ll see if I can get the oven hot enough for good crispy crust, or else I’ll have to bake on the barbecue.
It has been hot here. Hot enough at night that I am tempted to turn on the air conditioning. But! We just had a tankless water heater installed on Friday. Our big switch from an electric tank to gas tankless should save us tons of money on our gas/electric bill. So I don’t want to put on the A/C because it’ll wreck my data set for savings comparison. This is why we are sweating at night, so I can see how much money we’re saving. I can’t put my finger on it, but something isn’t right.
This weekend will be, possibly, the Era of Power Tools. We may rent a power augur to dig out the roughly fifteen thousand holes we’ll need to put in new plants and trees. And I need to trim the tops of the 4×4 redwood fenceposts. The radial saw I borrowed from my neighbor has an 8 ½” blade, but the maximum cut depth is only like 3”. Which means I’d have to make two cuts per post and hope they line up for a flat top. I’m thinking it’s better to rent a bigger saw so I can make one pass. Or maybe Home Depot rents an ultra-sharp samurai sword, and I can just chop the tops off. Remember that Mythbusters episode about cutting a sword blade? I need that pneumatic sword swinger…