Persia in a Loaf Pan

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” -Helen Keller"It's life," she said. These were the words my dissertation adviser offered me when, in our final meeting of the semester (of my…

Bread, Beauty is Thy Name!

Whatever the hands of man take up with love is holy.-George SeferisComrades and faithful readers, I have finally done it: I have baked the bread I've been talking about for months! I know what you're thinking though...you're looking at the picture and wondering if I've gone mad because, clearly, "That's not bread, that's cake!" My…

Butter Me Happy

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety.-Shakespeare (Antony and Cleopatra)So, I'm currently kind of obsessed with at least 5 things. A girl's got to have hobbies, after all.1) My bike. I love riding it, going places on it and finding pretty, scenic streets to ride on. I keep asking myself, "why didn't you…

Gnocchi for the New Year

Those of you who may catch the odd whisper, the odd squeak, so easily mistake my words for breezes rustling the dry reeds...But I've always been of a determined nature. Patient, they used to call me. I like to see a thing through to the end. -Margaret Atwood (The Penelopiad) Happy New Year, dear readers!…

The 12 Shades of Christmas, Part I

It was a wild idea, romantic and implausible, and the odd thing is that it worked. -Louis de Bernieres (Corelli's Mandolin)A lot can happen in a week. I flew across the country (it's cold here; my skin doesn't like it at all). I also revised my prospectus (yay, finally! Now the real writing can begin)…