Chocolate Mug Cake for Proto-Curmudgeons and Those Who Love Them

VVVVT. VVVVT. VVVVT. I lifted my head off of the couch and opened my eyes. I had dozed off a bit after watching the Lagos episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. My phone was informing me that wife was calling. She has been away for the last couple of months in New Hampshire learning from an expert … Continue reading Chocolate Mug Cake for Proto-Curmudgeons and Those Who Love Them

Microwave Masala Chai for Two, a Few, or a Crowd

Chai, like a sunset on a warm summer evening, is best savored in an unhurried way, preferably with others. It reveals more of its beauty if you stop what you're doing and just listen to it. The zing of the ginger, the warmth of the black pepper, the perfume of the cardamom, clove, and cinnamon, and the richness of … Continue reading Microwave Masala Chai for Two, a Few, or a Crowd

How to Make Real (Crispy Crust, Chewy) Bread

Edited on 16 July 2017. I've simplified the procedure I published back in 2014. I removed some steps I found to be unnecessary. *** Baking bread is alchemy. Flour, salt, yeast, water, time, and heat combine to yield chewy, airy, crispy-crusty gold. For a long time, kneading, the deep tissue massaging of a lump of … Continue reading How to Make Real (Crispy Crust, Chewy) Bread