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They're definitely on the drier side, which is why I think they need butter/maple syrup on top. If you prefer, you can always add more milk to the batter (start with 1/4 cup) and you can of course add melted butter to the batter too (start with 1-2 melted tablespoons)!
I think you're thinking of caraway seed, which is often the flavoring in American/Jewish rye bread. Rye flour itself tastes a little...fruity, nutty, whole-wheat-y. :)
It's the same as the one above (just replace rye with buckwheat), but with a little melted butter thrown in!
Hugo usually goes to bed before my husband even gets home from work, so mostly he eats alone (with me next to him) or the two of us eat together, but that's relatively rare since I prefer to eat later with my husband. Now that Hugo's starting to go to bed later, we're trying to eat together as a family more. I actually find it less stressful to eat all together, since Hugo eats more/better that way then when he's eating alone, but that's just us :) The truth is that it will be messy either way - you should choose the way that causes you the least amount of stress. Your kids are still so little that there's plenty of years of family dinner ahead of you.
So happy to hear it!
Well, it's definitely a delicate situation with the three layers (hence the chocolate scoring before the whole thing is entirely set), but it sounds like maybe your shortbread was particularly crumbly, meaning a little too dry? I don't know what altitude you're at or maybe the fat content in the butter was slightly lower, but next time I'd make sure that the shortbread is as "moist" as shortbread can be (which, obviously isn't so much moist as not totally crumbly) and then use something like a sharp bench scraper to cut through the layers, which I found much better than using a knife in this case. Good luck!!
I so agree with your philosophy. Thank goodness for Abendbrot! Your class sounds lovely, where do you teach it?
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The best readers ever! I'm so lucky. Nigella's freezer quote made me laugh, thank you!
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"I don't like the idea that I or Heffernan just has to try harder to find a doable cooking schedule to appreciate the joy and health benefits of cooking, as some commenters on the NYtimes site have counseled. I enjoy cooking when I enjoy it, and when I don't, I don't." YES. This. I agree.
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So many good points. I agree that putting "act of love" onto cooking can be a bit much and that it's definitely contributing to the pressure non-cooks feel. Sometimes food is a chore, yes! Even to happy cooks like us.
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I like your piano teacher's answer, it makes perfect sense!
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I'm so sorry to hear you've been struggling. Your comments are always a ray of sunshine in my day. Hope you feel better soon. xo
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Yes, so good! My lucky husband was taken to their concert in Berlin a few weekends ago as a birthday present from his friends.
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Ha! Loved it. Thanks
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Ha, no problem! Since Hugo was a wee little thing, we've been listening to this: http://www.amazon.com/Haydn-Sonatas-Variations-Franz-Joseph/dp/B000002SR5/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1413206809&sr=1-2&keywords=mikhail+pletnev+haydn+piano+sonatas this: http://www.worldcat.org/title/klavierkonzerte-nr-9-jeunehomme-nr-23-piano-concertos-no-9-jeunehomme-no-23-concertos-pour-piano-no-9-jeunehomme-no-23-rondo-kv-386/oclc/37257900 and this: http://www.amazon.com/Wolfgang-Amadeus-Mozart-Sreichquartette-Quartets/dp/B00008FL00/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1413207022&sr=1-2 We also love this: http://www.amazon.com/Getz-Gilberto-Stan/dp/B0000047CX/ref=sr_1_10?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1413206856&sr=1-10&keywords=gilberto+gil Hugo sings along to it! :)
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Aw, hi!! I didn't go to the fair, just hibernated "off-campus" with my besties in a hotel. Hope you had a good one, would have been so nice to see you! xoxo
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Thank you and thank you.
Yes! I usually add a couple tablespoons of melted butter to the batter, too.
Eliot! Love it.
Mine, too! It makes me laugh every single time.
Thank you! x
Ha, these dishes were all sort of spread out over a week, actually! :)
Hmm! Possibly? Hang on, going to check. Yes, you're right! Evaporated in the US.
I don't! Have fun!