|Yours Truly, Josh, Derek , and Matt enjoying the food and friendship (and dodging mosquitoes) at our Summer Solstice Supper. It was just as enjoyable a new tradition as I hoped it could be. Derek and Josh are wonderful friends.|
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Butterfly Rolls and Solstice Supper
I think that shaped bread is always more impressive. I also think it is a lot of fun to play with. I like to make braided loaves a lot. They even taste beautiful in my opinion. I also like to make what I call "treble clef rolls" and cloverleaf pullaparts and all sorts of things. Thus, I took our plan to have a Solstice Supper as a challenge. What fun summer shapes could I make out of dough...? I tried flowers, my initial thought, but they proved more complicated than I was interested in messing around with.
Then I had a light bulb moment. "What if I took the basic premise for the treble clef roll, but just slapped two of them together to make a butterfly?" The large yellow butterflies (swallowtails?) have started lazily drifting around town lately so it seemed seasonally appropriate. They are so large I keep thinking they are birds out of the corner of my eye. Matt says he does, too. (Our eyes are fine tuned to alert at the slightest bird-like motion or shape apparently.)
I really treasure occasions like these. That is my idea of a perfect evening (minus the mosquitoes of course!). Preparing a home-cooked meal to share with dear friends, eating, laughing, and telling stories, drinking a local beer, enjoying the sunset and the bird song and the fade into twilight, and starting new traditions. If that isn't nice, I don't know what is.