The long cold midwest winters can take a toll on one after awhile. I often find myself checking expedia.com’s daily deals section to see if there is a magical $75 non-stop flight from Cleveland to destination warmth; i don’t care, vegas, orlando, L.A. or Arizona, Somewhere there is sun. I’ve started checking websites for community supported agriculture farms here in Cleveland, dreaming of the promise of green tops of carrots popping out of the warm black soil, trees laden with ripe and juicy peaches waiting to be picked. But that is a long way from now.
In the time being, I find myself needing to operate under the “project distraction” mode. While some ski (I’d love to, but being preggers prohibits me), ice skate (I’d like to keep my ankles unbroken please), or take their children sledding (yes, sledding works, but not on days when it is 14 degrees outside) I’ve needed to make my own fun indoors.
While some might choose other ways to get baked this January, I’ve decided to begin a month-long “difficult bakes saturday” to keep myself entertained, occupied and hopped up on sugar until the sun begins to shine again.
Last Saturday I decided to make naan, the pillowy, buttery flatbread served at Indian restaurants to sop up spicy curries. While my first attempt with this recipe was an epic fail due to yeast that had expired, the second attempt using this recipe turned out deliciously and didn’t require yeast. As I was laying in bed napping this afternoon in an attempt to stay warm, pass the time and catch up on sleep, I remembered the sumptuous cake pictured in the latest issue of Cook’s Country that recently arrived in the mail.
Apparently, Smith Island Cake is the official state cake of Maryland. Perhaps I’ll pull a Sufjan and bake my way through all the state cakes in the union this winter. Anyways, I thought this looked like a fun and delicious one to try for my next baking challenge. If you’re in the area, you’ll have to stop over for a slice. While I may enjoy baking, I do try and avoid gluttony and hoarding baked goods to myself. 🙂 If you’d like to join me in this little bake venture, post a comment on what you’re going to cook or bake as a winter adventure/distraction.
Blog friends, what do you do to get through the long cold winters? This question really is directed to the brave souls who have a shovel and know how to use it. Please, if you’re a snarky resident of the warmer states of The America don’t mock my pain and leave comments about “oh, I just picked an orange off the tree in my back yard!” “who needs skiing to exercise, I took a brisk jog outside since it’s a lovely 75 degrees” or “brr, it’s cold out today, I had to put on a long-sleeved shirt.” can it. We still have at least two months to go until we see sun.