Saturday, September 21, 2013
Baking Day Panic Attack
Today is a big day for me. Yep. It is baking day.
My friend likes to host international dinner parties. They are pretty cool evenings. Approximately 20 plus strangers gather together for dinner. Each brings a dish reminiscent of their home country. Basically we get together and share a delicious mix of food and culture.
The last time I did it got away with a fruit salad drizzled in maple syrup. Typical Canadian dish. Not. Okay, the maple syrup was typical. Today however, I am going to shake things up. I am going to bake fruit pies. Not crazy ambitious, but certainly more so than the fruit salad.
First panic attack occurred when I realized that my trusted pastry recipe was safety stored somewhere back in Canada. A few minutes on the computer, and Google lead me to a four star recipe that promised not to disappoint. I entered the kitchen. Second panic attack. No pie plates. A quick text to my gal pal and she told me where I could procure some pie dishes close by. Emailed myself the shopping list for the pies. Third panic attack. What is lard in German?
By this time I am starting to ponder whether maple syrup drizzled over vanilla ice cream would suffice. Alas, I am determined, and ready myself to shop for the necessary dishes and ingredients.
Forth panic attack. How does one carry multiple pies on trams and through the twisty, hilly walkways of Zurich old town?
Then I got to thinking, in Canada it is customary to purchase chocolate cake at the local bakery...
And now it feels somehow fitting that I share another Canadian singer/songwriter. Chantal Kreviazuk with "Feels like Home."