I've always been a morning person and I've never been one to sit still and "relax", but when did I become someone who bakes fresh baguettes before my morning class? For that matter, when did I start enjoying writing?
If you had told me a year ago that I would be writing voluntarily on a daily basis I wouldn't have believed you. In fact, I think I would have laughed at the sheer unlikeliness of such an idea. But here I am, keeping my laptop next to my bed incase I come up with some witty prose at one a.m. that I simply must write down if I am going get to sleep. Here I am baking baguettes at 7:30am after my morning run, before I've even had breakfast or pushed the plunger down on my french press. Why? Well I had an unfathomable craving for some crusty baguette with a slice of prosciutto or cheese inside it for lunch. Or a piece of dark chocolate nestled in there for a french style afternoon snack. Maybe if I lived in Paris I would just walk to the corner and pick one up, freshly baked by someone else too early in the morning. But I don't live in Paris and surely my corner store carries nothing but wonder bread, so here I am covered in flour, kneading, folding and waiting while it rises all before most college students wake up. Am I crazy? Maybe. Or maybe it just gives me a way to break up the monotony of this dreary Binghamton winter and class after class. Oh, who am I kidding? I just really like food.
Oh and I figured I'd knock off some of my lemon supply while I was at it. Tally for the morning? One baguette freshly baked, three in waiting for the weekend, and one batch of lemon coconut cookies.
Click here for the baguette recipe.
Click here for the cookie recipe.
Note: In the cookies, I used honey in place of agave and added the juice of one lemon.