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baker's dozen

Sniff. It's still Christmas (well, still the Christmas holidays) and I am sick. I've been slightly sick since Thursday morning and properly sick since Friday afternoon. I have, of course, a hideous head cold, like almost everyone else I know, and the only reason my poor runny nose hasn't fallen off is because it's been smeared in so much Vaseline. Patsington and I had a tiny party on Friday, and on Friday afternoon I was feeling so awful I was debating which would be ruder: cancelling a party two hours before guests were due to arrive, or sneezing, snuffling and whinging my way through the party itself. I decided that I just had to buck up and ignore the runny nose and sneezing, so I did, and (hopefully) a good time was had by all, including me (apart from when I sneezed about fifteen times in a row, which exhausted me so much I had to sit down). Anyway, I am quite annoyed by my sickness, which is spoiling my precious time away from the office. My aunt gave me cool bike panniers for Christmas, and I had great plans to go on an epic shopping trip around all the fancy little food shops in Dalkey, loading my panniers as I went but I'm so wobbly about the limbs that I'd be a liability on a bike. I went for a walk around the park yesterday and had to have a lie down when I returned, so there will be no cycling for me.

Today I am baking bread with my own germy hands. Actually, I haven't baked it yet, i've just mixed the yeast batter and put it in the hot press (airing cupboard to non-Irish folks), where it will have to sit for another hour or so. I have only tried to make bread once before, and despite following the instructions of Saint Nigel (Slater), it was a horrible salty, squashy-centered disaster. This time, however, I am following the instructions for "the easiest bread ever" from the Guardian's recent baking supplement, which involves creating a separate yeast-n-flour batter (which Nigel's recipe didn't) and leaving it to rise before mixing it up with flour-salt-and-butter. All very mysterious, but I hope it works - Lord knows it can't be any worse than my last attempt. I'll let you know how it goes...


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Dec. 30th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Poor you, I'm sorry! It's rotten to be ill, when you're not only away from the office for a while, but so is everyone else, and this is the chance to have fun. Boo. I hope you'll feel better very soon - do you have plans for New Year's Eve?

Good luck with the bread! I'm impressed - I have to admit to being a Big Fat Cheat on that front, and I just use my breadmaker. It produces really quite good results, but I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to do it by hand.
Dec. 30th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
The bread is still in the preparation stage - I've now mixed the two mixtures and it looks okay, but I won't be able to tell until I try eating it!

Because I am very old and boring, my friends and I are going for a late lunch and then P and I are going to his parents' house for the night. Not very glamorous!
Jan. 3rd, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Old and boring? Not even slightly! :-)

I don't think glamorous matters, so long as it's fun and good company. I hope you had a good evening.
Dec. 30th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! I never knew non-Irish people didn't call it a hot press. On the other hand, now I finally know what an airing cupboard is!

Anyway. I hope you get better very soon! I seem to be non-ill, but I am amazingly useless at getting out of bed before 2pm at this time of year. Pathetic.
Dec. 31st, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
God, I wouldn't mind staying in bed until two! I am DREADING going back to work on Wednesday.

Also, I was astonished when I discovered we were the only ones who call it a hot press (as far as I know anyway). I think I found out through my London-dwelling sister, who, years ago, bewildered an English friend by a reference to the hot pres.
Dec. 30th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Grargh, it's that "relax enough to get ill" holiday syndrome! I hope you have lemon and honey drink and steamy baths and nice food on the horizon.

Dec. 31st, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
Danke! I am feeling better today, apart from general bunged-up-ness, but I have to go back to work the day after tomorrow. Bah. I did follow your suggestion and had a lovely soothing bath last night, though!
Dec. 31st, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
From one ailing person to another
Lemsip definitely counts. *sends you some* Hope you feel better soon!
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