More bagels were made yesterday – following Nigella’s bagel recipe. I am not enamoured of her cookbooks, I find the recipes rarely work as well as they ought. The bagels confirmed it – nice, but not bagels. They were more like bread in donut shapes. I think my first try on Sunday didn’t get enough kneading. They were good, but a bit too tough. With the Nigella bagels, Diane helped. Diane’s mother baked their bread when they were little, so she kneaded like a champion, and knew what a ready dough should feel like. With the little bits of knowledge I am learning piecemeal, I think that my Sunday try 1) had not been kneaded enough and 2) did not rise as it should have done (I had active yeast that I ‘proofed’, which might of killed them). This will not do. I will conquer this! 😉 By making the first recipe again, but with adjustments for kneading, proper rising. My hypothesis is that this should bring some levity to the bagel (it was a little too dense) and also give some moisture and colour to them. Hi ho!
Things are finally shaping up for the next installment of the Socktopus sock club – had a minor crisis which thankfully has been avoided, and we may yet have the cool bonus I am hoping for – though this is now in the hands of others, so fingers crossed.
Wedding plans also now getting sorted, RSVPs flowing home, final details being ironed out. Dress fitting done monday, will pick it up on Tuesday next. I had also ‘misplaced’ my passport (meaning had no clue what had happened to it with the move). Some frantic searching turned up nothing… but then I happened to open the drawer where it used to ‘live’ and lo and behold – it was there. Bad bad Alice. Would have been rather embarrassing not to have made it to my own wedding due to, well, me just being an idiot!
Bad news on the neighbour front – two rotties attacked my friend Kat & her dog Max. Just about 8 min walk from here. The owner of the dogs let one dog attack Max, and then, instead of calling the other dog to heel, just let the second off his lead to join the first. WTF??? Needless to say Kat was quite shaken up, and bloodied by the whole thing. She is however ok despite it all. Max, who is not great with strange dogs, was shaking at the end, but no open wounds thankfully. The owner apparently told Kat to shut up when she screamed at her to control her dogs. The whole thing is just awful. Police have been called. I hope something can be done.