My weekend has not been a very successful on the cooking and health front. Co-workers continue to come into the office with colds and flu thereby making others to suffer by passing on it on to others. I am a victim of a cold. I have not had a cold since August, which by the way is the longest time for me. I spent a three-day off weekend with a cold downing NyQuil, and spending a good portion of time in bed.
Now getting to the rant about my oven, it came with the apartment I moved into five months ago. The problem is that oven needs to be calibrated as everything browns in ten minutes, and the inside reminds uncooked. Yesterday, I was baking a buttermilk vanilla pound cake from a Cooking Light recipe. The recipe is enough for five 5 1/2 by 6 1/2-loaf pans, but I managed to make two bread loaf pans. I put the oven at 350 degree and came back to check on it in 15 minutes with the outside completely burnt and inside uncooked. I did not even preheat the oven. I am angry because never burn a cake in my life and consider myself a very baker as a good cook. I am especially angry at the fact that the most expensive ingredient that is the butter went to waste. I was planning to bake bread, but am woeful that the oven will burn that as well, I am going to purchase a digital temperature to gauge the true over temperature and will have to calibrate hoping that it is capable.
I suppose all was not lost, having managed to catch up with my blog and book reading. I need to finish reading a book before returning it to the library on Thursday. I tried to extend the borrowing date, but it is on hold for another person who wants to borrow it. Apparently, “The Evolution of God” by Robert Wright is a popular book to borrow and with good reason it is a fascinating read about how religion has evolved throughout human history.
I also had an idea in my head about skirt that is shaped like a tulip at the bottom. The idea came from reading the Crafty Chica blog, she found an article “Plus-sized Clothing Myths debunked”. I am trying to imagine how would balance with someone such as myself who is bottom heavy. I suppose it could the tulip shape is not too wide and has inverted triangle. Well it will be something to sketch out this afternoon. Ciao for now.