Nothing new. That’s fine. I have a surfeit of books and CDs now.
There may be something at Christmas, but I think Wife is trying for non-book Christmas, which will probably mean a new winter coat or something. That’s fine with me. Besides, that’s what I got for her (don’t tell her!). We bought our “for the house” present, on deep sale plus 20% off: a new Kitchenaid stand mixer, something we’ve wanted for a few years but considered them too expensive. We used it this morning (see below) and it’s a cool piece of machinery.
I’m felling a lot better – there were a few days when I barely got out of bed, between the mouth ache, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and blurry vision it was a really miserable time. Bad reaction to the nitrous oxide plus a heavier-then-usual set of Novocain shots. Who knew? When I go back in a couple of weeks I’ll skip the gas.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls – on a much happier note, we made homemade cinnamon rolls yesterday/today. We usually go with the Pillsbury ones in the tube, but I wanted to try to make them from scratch. We used Alton Brown’s recipe from the Good Eats 2 book (you can find it here, along with the video and reviews). It’s a lot of work compared to the separate and bake ones, not that much if you’re used to making dough and have the tool, a stand mixer with the right attachments which we now do. The biggest thing with these is the time, you make the dough, let it rise for 2-3 hours, slice it and refrigerate it 10-18 hours (overnight). Next day you take it out, proof it in an oven for 30 minutes, then bake for 20-25 minutes (and don’t bake all the way to 30 without checking it or you may overcook them). The verdict? Really Very Good cinnamon rolls. From now on, we’ll make these unless we’re short on time.