Fireflies & Laserbeams

Homemade Rolls!

Sunday February 28, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Cooking | Leave Comments

Made our own cinnamon rolls this morning and they were delicious! Well, my life accomplice did nearly everything. I had very little to do with it. I did help her eat them, though.

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Sheet-Pan Pizza With Asparagus and Arugula

Saturday February 27, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments

I get the New York Times Recipes every Friday and this one was in the list last Friday.

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound fresh or thawed frozen pizza dough, atroom temperature
½ cup fresh ricotta (about 4 ounces)
5 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
½ bunch asparagus (about 1/2 pound), trimmedand cut into 5-inch pieces
1 or 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
4 thin slices pancetta (optional)
½ cup pitted and torn green olives,like Castelvetrano
Flaky sea salt and black pepper
1 cup loosely packed Italian parsley
1 cup loosely packed baby arugula

Here are some of the comments about this pizza:

Absolutely the best pizza I have ever baked. I love the no soggy crust. Will make this over and over. I made the recipe pretty much as written but I cut up the asparagus in smaller pieces, added raw broccoli florets, used Black Forest ham instead of pancetta because I didn’t have any and sprinkled some sliced almonds over the top before baking. To. Die. For.

This is a delicious and easy recipe!! With toppings I would never have thought of. I used a 9 inch cast iron pan which worked great. Added garlic to asparagus and jalapeño , subbed prosciutto for ham. A perfect Sunday TV dinner!

Super excited to try this. My girlfriend and I were thinking this would be delicious if we subbed Pepperoni for the Asparagus and Sausage for the Pancetta and skipped the Olives and Arugula altogether. Maybe add some more cheese.

Or maybe we could just go out in the front yard and get some fresh grass clippings. 😉

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This was my view driving to work yesterday morning

Tuesday February 23, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Photos | Leave Comments

A blanket of snow covered everything. Even the trees were coated in snow. And then the red sun came up over the horizon with a clear sky above. Wish I'd had my better camera with me. It was pretty amazing.

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Been trying my hand with a French Press

Saturday February 20, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Coffee Stuff | Leave Comments

Ever since I saw Chuck Wendig's post on his blog about using a French Press to make coffee back in 2013 I've been interested in trying it. My life accomplice, that's what we call each other now, as girlfriend or boyfriend just doesn't do it, and life partner sounds so cliché, actually owns a French Press. She doesn't even like coffee. Says it tastes like dirt. So anyway, we pulled it out and decided to figure out how to use it, as she doesn't own any other type of coffee maker.

I actually like coffee. I didn't start really drinking it until I was about 30. I'm 56 now, so I've had a few years to figure out what I like, and my tastes are fairly pedestrian I would say. I like a little French Vanilla in it with the cream, enough to take away any bitterness, and enough sweetener to make it taste like a candy bar.

My first efforts with the press were meh. It tasted too weak. I had googled how to do it for fuck's sake. I added more coffee and I think I found the sweet spot for timing, but I was using normal coffee. Finely ground. It left a residue on the bottom that was really bitter. I toyed with the amount of cream and sugar, but I finally decided to get some proper coffee. I dove back into the interwebs and after using my finely honed GoogleFu, I found a list of the best coffees to use in a French Press. I will be trying out Koffee Kult on my next attempt. Fingers crossed.

I haven't given up yet, but I'm not completely sold on the whole idea that this is really better way to prepare coffee. You actually need to spend a lot of money on specialty coffees and creams and sugars, because after all this is coffee snobbery at its best. LOL

I will report back with my some point...don't hold your breath, it will be a few days before I get over to her house to try it.

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Thumb in a Robe

Friday February 12, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Photos | Leave Comments

Slicing potatoes for scalloped potatoes and I got my thumb...twice. We even had a glove to use to protect the fingers, but did I use it? Yes, but on the wrong hand. LOL. I'm definitely not as sharp as the slicer.

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So this arrived in the Mail

Thursday February 11, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Merchandise | Leave Comments

It's inspired from one of the characters in the novel Effacement. Kasia Foss wears a bunch of different T-shirts, but this one turned out so well I made it into a mug also. It's up on the Merch page

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Blue Ink – 3 Simple Ways to Satisfy Reader Expectation

Wednesday February 10, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments

Three Simple Ways to Satisfy Reader Expectation, an article by the amazing Paul Goat Allen just posted on Blue Ink Review. He gives Effacement some kinds words. I changed the cover at his suggestion, as he points out in the interview. Great article, Goat! And thanks for the advice!

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