My Mother's Favorite New Testament Quote
Trying to make sense of things. Art, Religion, Books, Politics, And So Forth.
combine 1 package (2 1/4) teaspoons active dry yeast and
1/2 cup of warm (105 to 115 F) water. (Not too hot, or you'll kill the yeast!)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons sugars
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
Mix until thoroughly blended.
2 1/2 cups bread flour. (By which is meant some less refined, less bleached, more glutinate flour. I didn't have any on hand this time, and substituted all-purpose flour, and it turned out fine. I feel bad, though.)
Get out a baking sheet, grease it, and dust a bit of cornmeal over it. This is the surface on which you'll braid your challah strands.
The picture above is a four-strand challah loaf, but a three-strand loaf is easier. Start by dividing the dough into equal parts. Roll each part out into one-inch thick snakes. Dust the snakes with rye flour if you have it, other flour if you don't; this step helps you keep the snakes separate. Secure the top end by pressing the snakes together. If you need instructions on braiding, the Joy of Cooking actually has diagrams. The tail-end of the braid can just be tucked under the loaf.
a pinch of salt
In the back row of Mrs. Weinstock's eight-grade English classroom, Gilda Joyce chewed on a lock of her dark hair and pretended to listen as her classmates described their plans for the summer on the last day of the school year."A lock of her dark hair"? This is the language of the pot-boiler romance, and that the author would resort to it at the very first mention of the heroine is a very bad sign.
She was a very pretty thirteen-year-old, but she looked more like an eleven-year-old, since she was extremely small. Her long, fine hair was nearly as light as corn silk, and the pallor of her white skin belied her sunny California surroundings. If you looked into her icy gray eyes, you would probably decide right away that this was not a girl you could make friends with easily.The author gives plenty of other information about this girl's situation and character, enough to make this aestheticized description superfluous, and, again, this external evaluation in the guise of description is a romance-novel writing crutch.
put a grat deal of effort into her appearence. Her green eye shadow and toenail polish perfectly matched her tight green T-shirt, upon which the word AQUARIUS glittered in sparkly rhinestones, and her bleached-blond bands constrasted sharply with the dark hair on the rest of her head. She wore Capri-cut, hip-hugger stretch pants that revealed a pierced belly button and a taut, suntanned stomach.Okay, Summer is presented as a character-actress, but the trend is already becoming clear.
typewriter & lots of paper, notebook & pens, The Mater Psychic's Handbook, Ouija Board (just in case), fishnet stockings, pendulum, strand of fake pearls, binoculars, red lipstick, giant handbag, makeup kit (for disguises), fake fingernails, bug spray, crucifix, flashlight, Polaroid camera, suntan lotion, cat's-eye sunglasses, heart-shaped sunglasses, blond wig, dictionary, thesaurus, leopard-print jacket (for evening), evening gown (for seances), blue jeans, T-shirts, miscellaneous accessories, bikini, stilletto pumps, giant hoop earrings, underwear (West Coast style).