– I made another roll cake! I used the King Arthur Flour recipe for their Classic Jelly Roll, but I filled it with vanilla powdered sugar frosting (a lot of people call that ‘buttercream’, but to me, buttercream is made with granulated sugar, not powdered). I like making these rolls because the slices are a decent, not-too-big size, plus they just look really cool. Here’s this latest one all rolled up. Oh, and did you notice that there’s nary a crack in the cake this time?
– The dogs were on fire today! When I was working on my laptop this morning (sitting on the sofa), I looked over to find this, which is pretty darn cute. And then I was able to record a bit of them playing outside — Henny has been waiting so long for a playmate that’s her own size! I captured the photo above when I walked from the kitchen into the living room. I have no idea what they were doing; they stayed like that long enough for me to grab my camera and take several photos. I guess they were just relaxing (why does Henny look so proud?). Then we had a thunderstorm in the evening, and the dogs huddled in a corner together. Eventually, Greta found her way into her little house (crate), and Henny curled up in a cat bed right next to it. Now that the storm has passed, they’re back on the sofa. That’s a busy day of being cute.
– I thought it would be fun to bake a loaf of no-knead bread, since I haven’t done that in a while. I’d forgotten that the recipe calls for too much water (in my opinion), PLUS it’s been really humid (so strange), so the dough was just too soggy to rise well once it was in the oven. Oh well. It’s still pretty good, in a dense, chewy, crumpet-y type way. For dinner, I had a couple of slices toasted, with veggie pepperoni and organic cheddar.
– And speaking of organic cheddar, I’ve been trying to buy only organic dairy, which is pretty doable without going to great lengths (ice cream is tricky, though). The real exception is processed cheese slices — American wrapper cheese. It’s so bad, but it’s the only kind of cheese I like on a veggie burger. I think Whole Foods sells an organic variety, but I rarely go there. BUT… my local supermarket sells vegan wrapper ‘cheese’ — several kinds, in fact. I bought a package of American or Cheddar slices, and they’re really good! The ‘real’ wrapper cheese is so processed that the fake stuff pretty much tastes the same. And I don’t have to worry about sad cows. Everybody wins!