Friday, July 31, 2009

Sweltering Summer

A customer came into the bakery last week and told my coworker and I we should write a book about working there in the middle of the summer. I told her I'd title it "My Sweltering Summer." As the temperatures rise and humidity increases, I am working too close to ovens that raises the entire building temperature at least 10 degrees. When good-intentioned customers bring up the fact that it is very warm inside, I just retort with a pleasant "It's my own personal sauna." And judging from the number of times I have been told so, the sweat must be VERY good for my skin.

For I have been just sweat-alicious lately. I grew up in an extremely dry environment (read decade drought) and just have never been able to fully adjust to humidity. My sweat glands didn't even habituate after living a year in Thailand. So I try to just accept my Shiny, glistening nature.

So This girl just dusts on some baby powder in the morning, stays away from foundations that would clog up the poors, and carries around a little paper towl for occasional dabbing.
I also drink A LOT of water. and While Grape Powerade Zero tastes like a liquid popsicle, to avoid the sucralose I've been packing a coconut water to make sure my electrolytes stay ok. On a whim at Whole Foods I picked up a O.N.E. Coconut water with Coffee Flower.
SAY WHAT??? It never occurred to me that Coffee Trees must have flowers. I love the taste of plain coconut water, and have been pretty turned off by the Tropical flavors a lot of other brands mix in (Pina colada-no. Passion Fruit-No. Cashew Fruit-gag me). but this, THIS IS DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!Apparently the coffee flower has about the same level of caffeine as a cup of green tea and lots of polypenol antioxidants. Plus I love their slogan- "Some O.N.E will change your life" So corny but adorable. This little dude is super tasty, and currently Whole Foods has a 75 cent off coupon-making them about 1.75-I'm going to go stock up!

So Random House, I await your offer. I'll refer you to my agent.

P.S. Clear Flour was Rated Best Bread in Boston by Boston Magazine! So if your in the area, stop by! You will be greeted my shiny, smiling face! [and if you're not tempted by the decadent pastries, try the Pain Meunier-Miller's Bread, or a Fire-Roasted Tomato Roll, or my favorite-Volkornbr0t- 100% organic rye berries with sunflower seeds!]


Gina said...

That drink sounds really good. I have yet to try the ONE coconut waters, but if I saw that flavor...I might be tempted :)

nora said...

I just sent the recipe to Shelby at La Belle Vegan, so I still have it in my sent mail! Here you go :)

2 small yams or sweet potatoes (1 lb)
2 Tbs white miso paste
1 Tbs smooth PB
2 Tbs finely chopped shallot (I used onion)
1 Tbs minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1/4 tsp cayenne
6 oz silken tofu, crumbled (1 cup)
2 Tbs chopped cilantro
8 collard green leaves (I had really big ones, so I just used 4)

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut ends off yams and poke skins with knife in several places. Bake 50 min, or until soft, turning once. Halve yams, and scoop flesh into bowl. Mash in miso and PB.
2. Coat skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium. Saute shallot, ginger, and garlic for 3 min or until soft. Add edamame, 1/4 cup water, and cayenne. cook 3 min more. Remove from heat, and stir in tofu, cilantro, and yam mixture. Cool.
3. Place 1 collard leaf on work surface. Spoon 1/3 cup yam mixture in center of leaf. Roll bottom edge over mixture; tuck in sides. Roll up to top edge. Place, seam-side down, and repeat.

Judy's Nutrition said...

I too have worked in kitchen environments during the summer, and the heat can be unbearable. I remember taking many short breaks in the huge walk-in fridge...and sometimes sampling some butter tarts or cake at the same time!