My last & final semester in my public health program begins TODAY & I’m honestly beside myself. How did this break go by so quickly?! What have I even been doing? This time last year I was still high off my solo-Euro trip to Edinburgh & Paris…you know, doing my whole eat, laugh, eat journey, mask-less without a care in the world. How did 2020 manage to feel like it was 3 years long, but 2021 seems to be going by exponentially faster? Can the person taking earth on a joy ride please slow down? Why are we going so fast, fam? We’re approaching our first pandemic anniversary way too quickly.
Those of us with the luxury & privilege to work safely from home are far too familiar with the flour shortage/PANIK in April 2020. Some of us dabbled in making bread or baking cookies, and some of us gave up on trying to perfect sourdough. If you didn’t go through a bready phase in lockdown, now’s your chance. The pandemic isn’t over yet, y’all! I’ve been stress baking a lot, so here’s hoping my productivity can inspire you to get back in the kitchen & bake! May I introduce you to my latest baking obsession or shall I say, my bagelmania?
I’ve made a lot of bagels in the past 2 weeks, so I’m not going to talk your ear off about why you should be making your own bagels at home. Just take it from Claire Saffitz, but the tl;dr version is simple: bagels are actually really easy to make. Just check out our girl Claire make some delicious bagels:
This new recipe I’m sharing with you is only my second time making bagels & it was damn delicious. Ever since I introduced my roommate John to dashi, his whole damn kitchen life has changed irrevocably. Unless my mans goes vegan/vegetarian, he’s riding the dashi train into the sunset & never looking back.
John had a hint of bagelmania before I left to spend the holidays with my family in California in November. His attempt at regular-sized bagels was a bit of a flimsy, chewy floppy disappointment. Paul Hollywood would not approve & he knows it. He looked at his remaining bagel dough with dismay, sighing aloud, “what am I going to do with the rest of this bagel dough? I just don’t have the energy to make more bagels.” Then our roommate Priyanka walked into the kitchen & asked, “why don’t you just make a big ass bagel?”
Our eyes widened. Brilliant. The big ass bagel (BAB) has been the best bagel John has ever made & one of the best I’ve ever eaten. Right up there with some damn fine NYC bagels. So when my dad brought home lox without bagels 2 weeks ago, I knew I had to pop my bagel-making cherry. I’ve made 32 bagels in the past 2 weeks, including a fresh batch for my brother’s birthday today. (Happy birthday to my brother, Vinny!!) When I said obsession, I meant O B S E S S I O N.
My dashi bagels recipe is a tribute to John & his discovery of dashi, & for showing me how wrong my previous opinion of bagels was. No past Tiffany, they aren’t chewy bread doughnuts, they’re delicious & comforting. These are some strange times, so if you have some time, try out this bagel recipe! What are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, baaAYYYY-KUUUUH!
- Dashi Bagel with Furikake & Sesame Recipe
- Restructured the Recipes Index page & updated some recipes (long way to go to fix them all)
- Added a bunch of new albums to 2019 & 2020!