Who am I?

      Hello there blogging world! My name is Alma and I’m delving into the wonderful world of food blogs. My passion for food roots from my well-fed youngsterhood. Personally I consider myself a novice foodie and food fanatic, although in comparison to many of my friends I seem like a food snob (in a good way?). Well to them I say a person should be picky about their food and be sensitive about their diet. There are so many opportunities nowadays to eat quality food and meals there is no reason not to!
      My kitchen skills on a scale from eh to wowzah are a meh, but I will valiantly attempt to experiment with different recipes and exotic foods. Will I successfully be able to make a batch of macaroons? Probably not, but no reason why not to try and take loads of pictures. This blog is dedicated to embracing both to successes and failures of meals and document the memories associated with them. Food is so much more than eating; it is also environment and atmosphere you are surrounded by.
      My interests include baking, running, and long walks on the beach (just kidding, this isn’t a dating profile). My favorite foods are chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, although I am open to any other dish. Just a quick note: I am a vegetarian and therefore do not eat meat (aka the definition of a vegetarian). I don’t want the vegetarian aspect of my diet to overwhelm this blog, but it will definitely be a notable aspect.
     As I start my foray into blogging, I would just like to say: Let’s eat!

Who am I?

I Made Bread- French Baguette

Yes that title is correct: I, an amateur chef and blogger, boldly attempted to make bread, namely a baguette, and it turned out–to my surprise–pretty good. In matter of fact it made me realize that we (mostly me) are grossly overcharged for that bread at a well known-but-shall-not-be-named cafe (hint: it has the word “Bread” in its name). Heck this baguette only required four ingredients, one of which being WATER! Not even lukewarm water, just room temperature tap water.

While it was not the super amazing stuff you can find in one of those uber cool bakeries, it more than sufficed my carbohydrate craving and had all the necessary characteristics I look for in a piece of bread: chewy, crusty, and addicting. I tried it plain and with a touch a jam, but I am sure it can be perfect for any use. It is the perfect meatball marinara baguette-ish bread and is definitely a saved recipe in my book.

Speaking of which, I discovered this recipe through the YouTube mastermind Chef John of foodwishes. If you do not know who he is, you are missing out on the sassiest and most amazing man of all the food-web. The link to the recipe is here, but I will summarize for you:

1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon yeast with 1 and 1/2 cup water, 1 and 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 18 oz flour until it is a moist, sticky mass.

2. Leave in a warm, dry, place to proof for 12-14 hours

3.  Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper and cornmeal (I did not have or use this and the baguette turned out nicely, but I highly recommend it for a even better product).Punch down dough, on a floured work surface, and shape into a rough rectangle. Divide into four pieces. Roll up each piece and shape into a baguette the size of your baking sheet. Let proof for an additional 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours until doubled in size.

4.. Place a pan or dish with water on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat to 550 degrees Celsius and prepare a spray bottle filled with water.

5. Place baguettes on baking sheet (s), with two per baking sheet. When the oven is done preheating either cut or slice slashes on the tops of the baguettes approximately two inches apart. Spray with water and place in the oven

6. Spay the baguettes with water after 5 minutes and then 10 minutes. Take out after 15 minutes or when a golden brown color and let cool fully. Enjoy!

I Made Bread- French Baguette