The tempting picture in my cookbook... how could I resist?
One of my favorite ways of remembering Spain (and perhaps to try and re-live it a little) is by trying to recreate some of my favorite foods from the country. I even received a cookbook of Spanish foods for Christmas two years ago, when I came back from my trip. I was flipping through a week or so ago and I spied one of these tasty treats, ensaimadas – little spiral pastries topped with powdered sugar. They are light, sweet, and a delightful breakfast treat with a chocolate (hot chocolate) or café (coffee). They’re from the region of Mallorca, but you can find them pretty much everywhere in the country (at least in the major cities).
So, I decided to have a go at my Spanish baking skills – after all, I have a recipe and everything. It’s not a particularly difficult recipe, either, but I had never worked with yeast before so I was a little worried about messing up the cultures and ending up with flat pastries… but hey, at least they would taste good. I admit that it was a little bit of a challenge to find all the proper cooking utensils in the dorm, but Robinson is pretty well stocked, luckily. The only thing that I couldn’t locate was a food mixer, so I had to knead the dough by hand, which was not a problem. I even documented my progress in this exciting endeavor:
First, before going into the oven, after cooling for 24 hours, then rising for three...
Then, after coming out of the oven, looking pretty good so far...
Finally, my proud final product, lightly dusted and tempting. Not bad!
They didn’t turn out exactly like they’re supposed to, but they were pretty close (and still quite delicious). Success!
Summer has just started and I’ve already been to Europe and Florida. I’ve spent time with wonderful friends and my precious family. I’ve sang in some of the most beautiful churches on the earth, gotten the chance to minister to people through music, built lifelong friendships, and learned to appreciate my family so much in the past two weeks.
And the best part is…
this is only the beginning.
My summer hasn’t even gone into full swing yet. I’m hoping to work a couple of summer jobs: a couple of clothing stores, some babysitting here and there, and maybe even a new job as a barista for Starbucks?! The possibilities for summer work are all around me, so it’s time to just stop being lazy and get out there and work. Lord knows I need to make back a good chunk of the money I spent on my vacations and make some money for some future trips and events I’d like to participate in soon.
A road trip to visit my cousin while she’s in summer school is in the horizon, as well a possible trip to Australia in August to visit my best friend who’s studying abroad there for 5 months. Who knows?! Either way, I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on my whereabouts and interesting things that happen this summer.
I’m planning on making some unforgettable memories, in fact I’d say I’m already halfway there, so how are you going to make the most of your summer?