Monday in Vermont
Welcome back to me. (Not a bad location for breakfast in that photo…though home is home and looking out at the Adirondacks, tea in hand, puppy curled by my feet is also not a bad location, not by a long shot.) I’ve actually been back from vacation for a week but in the way life can get weirdly hectic, I’m only just having a chance to sit down and write a new post today. Well, to be fully truthful I could have sat down yesterday, but I was busy being very not-busy. I have goals for Sundays and they don’t include sitting in front of the computer. Anyway, I’m back, writing for now and baking for later. Butter and eggs are coming to room temperature while I type, hubby is heading out to Monument Farms Dairy in just a minute.
- The reason life got hectic last week is that I came home from vacation and 24 hours later had to scoot off down to Boston (in the winter storm that never really materialized) for a study abroad conference. This is a world I worked in for a number of years and it is interesting spending time around people who are so focused on the entire world and offering widely adventurous experiences to young people. The phrase ‘global fluency’ was used a lot and I like it. At the very best of times Americans are not generally known for their global fluency. We’re a big country, we have a lot on our own plate, but being able to see more than what is directly in front of us (and as I type this I think, this applies to everything, not just education or work) is vital in creating an empathic, bearable world.
- I have Easter on the brain and have pulled out several cookbooks to find the perfect hot cross bun recipe. I’ve never made them, but I think this is the year. Stay tuned. Don’t forget to let Banoffi & Such know if you’d like any Easter goodies. Eat a Cadbury Cream Egg and think of me.
- I’ve had this cookbook for a number of years – the Clandestine Cake Club. It’s full of recipes – from simple to hugely imaginative. But, the clubs themselves, such a cool idea! Basically there are groups all over the UK (and other places now) who meet up to share their baking creations. And eat them. And socialize. That’s the whole purpose. Their Mission statement: Bake, Eat and Talk About Cake. The locations are secret but anyone is welcome. I’m storing this idea in the file in my head, the one that I can’t really figure out where these ideas will lead, but they seem important.
- I’m not sure you can be a thinking, functioning person right now without having some awareness of the March for Our Lives protests and the many, many debates surrounding the many, many issues involved. I have wildly mixed feelings about the idea that young people are being praised for taking charge of their country. I feel impressed and inspired but also incredibly disappointed. I’m solidly an older member of GenX, (and I truly don’t feel all that old) so the idea that my generation is feeling that they need to hand over control to the younger set (or, in fact, are encouraging this idea) who will be able to make their/our world a better place, feels very much like we are walking away too soon. All this being said, I love the fact that The Guardian newspaper invited the Parkland students to be guest editors for their coverage of March for Our Lives
- And big respect for Pope Francis, who does not seem to back away from a fight, for his encouragement to young people everywhere. ‘Dear young people, you have it in you to shout’
- About 3D printers. I’m still pretty sure I don’t actually understand what’s happening, though I see and hear and understand how they could change the game in a number of ways. I remember reading about being able to 3D print prosthetic limbs and imagining the world of good this would do. This week I read about 3D printed houses for the developing world. And while I still really don’t understand how this works (Are bricks being created? What about plumbing? Bathtubs? How big are these printers?) I love the creative problem-solving towards really important issues.
- The New York Times has started a feature called Overlooked, where they are attempting to redress the balance in their obituary section which has always been dominated by white men. As they point out, there is judgement in obituary writing, because it does indirectly comment on who gets remembered and for what. This week they featured Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the chocolate chip cookie. Maybe I feel an affiliation because she was a fellow innkeeper (her inn was famous for their sea foam salad ring….?!) or maybe I can’t imagine a world without the chocolate chip cookie, either way I’m glad she’s getting her moment.