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Bread this week
Levain with Dried Cherries & Pecans – made with levain, also known as sourdough, which is built up over the course of a several days before being incorporated with bread flour as well as fresh milled whole wheat. Then loaded up with dried cherries and toasted pecans. The dried fruit and nuts in this bread go really well with meats and cheese -$5/loaf
Poolish Ale – Made with a preferment known as a poolish where a part of the water and flour are fermented overnight. In this case the water in the poolish is replaced with beer. Fermenting overnight gives a jump start on the natural enzymatic action and gluten development. The poolish is mixed with more bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat. This bread has great flavor and is a great all around bread – $5/loaf
And for a bit of pastry…(drum roll……..)
Bear Claws! Made with an enriched danish style dough that is full of milk sugar, eggs and butter, rolled out, spread with an almond paste filling that has more sugar and a bit of cinnamon to round out the flavor then rolled up and sliced into bear claw shaped pieces. After baking topped with a honey glaze, ’cause bears love honey! Yum! 2/$5
We got home tonight (Thursday) on the 7:20 ferry, after driving from Portland this morning in heavy rain. The weather got better as we moved north, only to find the Major Detour around Ferndale due to flooding on Slater Road and Marine Drive.
We are looking forward to seeing you all Friday evening. Our intention is to participate in whatever it is that happens in the wine shop when we are away, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all!
The short version is that shortly after we left on January 23, Cooper’s cancer started overwhelming his defenses. In southern Oregon new x-rays revealed widespread intrusion of tumors into his lungs. His breathing became increasingly labored over the next several days. A last-ditch antibiotic against any complicating infections failed to provide him relief, and we were forced to let him go on February 1, two weeks ago.
Coopie was a beautiful, resourceful, playful, creative, and loving being who constantly manifested his Aliveness with Style and Grace. And maybe because we were uniquely blessed to have had him in our lives these last eight-plus years, his absence is a Tangible Void. All of us who lose beloved dogs know this particular Grief. As our friend Leigh put it, over time the pain of loss will get mellowed by the sweetness of warm memories. In the meantime there is a Big, Big Hole in our lives…