Not really sure why and when the bug hits, but this weekend I felt like cooking and baking. Saturday morning I put some no-knead bread together, mixing together whole wheat, bread, and white-whole wheat flours. I usually mix a bunch of different flours, depending on what I have on hand and the bread always comes out beautifully. Well, maybe it doesn’t come out “beautifully” … but it always tastes good.

No-Knead Bread Dough

No-Knead Bread

Next up, some granola. I decided on this recipe  — I was drawn to the idea of using olive oil instead of butter. I always use less fat and sugar then granola recipes call for — this one included, and and I am very happy with the results.

Granola

And since we’re heading to our neighbors’ house for Superbowl and John is making his annual vat of chili for the occasion, I decided to make a simple cake for dessert. This Chocolate Banana Upside Cake has been sort tickling the back of my brain since I saw it — at first I wasn’t interested, then I started contemplating the three dying bananas on my counter and just couldn’t resist. After all, it’s chocolate and bananas. Together. In a cake.

Cake Mise en Place

Banana Upside Down Cake

Yep. No idea what happened to the poor thing — I had to bake it for about 1/2 hour more than the recipe said. Luckily it popped right out of the pan but then it immediately split open. Oh well. I think it will still taste good (the batter was delicious!).

In between cooking and baking, we went shopping/ran errands, had a delicious, light lunch at Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, and stopped by Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book signing at Blue Cashew Kitchen across the street. After a quick chat (I was wearing my Cassis, which is how the conversation got started), it was fun to discover that when Rose isn’t baking, she’s knitting! Who knew.

I’ve also started working on a sweater coat pattern design — it’s a long (mid-thigh), cable hoodie. I want it to be an “outside” sweater so I’m trying to find a yarn that works at about 3.5 stitches per inch. I swatched the Quince Osprey which is really lovely but I think it’s too drapey and soft for the type of  sweater I have in mind. I want something more rugged. I also swatched the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes bulky weight and that seems to be fitting the bill. I have a couple of other Knit Picks yarns (Swish and Cadena) because I couldn’t decide which to choose when I bought them (and they’re so inexpensive it’s easy to buy three and not feel bad!), and I’ll probably do those, too, just to be sure.  And I bought a skein of Beaverslide Dry Goods McTaggart Tweeds  to try. Sadly, I positively hate the color but if the yarn is right I can always choose another color, I suppose.  There are other yarns I would love to use for this but I’m also being realistic that this project is most likely going to take a lot of yarn and maybe something that’s $20+/skein isn’t the best choice for my first design!

Quince

Knit Picks

And now I get to hunker down with my knitting for a few hours. Ahhhhh……