Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Podcast And Baking Binge. You've Missed This, Haven't You?

Wow. It's been a while since I've done a weekend baking binge. Just this past Friday I was talking with a family member who made me aware of people we know who like a TV in their kitchens. We're
only talking two people, but, still, it reminded me of my kitchen work. I would never bother with a TV in a kitchen, because what I want when I'm working is sound, not something to look at. Music or some kind of talkie thing, a way to suck up info.

But as I said the last time I cooked and wrote, the podcasts I'd been so fond of for so long are getting old for me. I'm getting close to doing an abrupt turn to music. Hmm. I heard a Rhiannon Giddens' concert Friday night. Maybe something like that.

But not quite yet.

Not a big binge. Seriously, I'm a little embarrassed.
Saturday I switched from marketing and littalk podcasts to short story podcasts from Slice Magazine. These were stories from one of its issues, read by their authors. I'm always trying to check out the work in literary journals, and this was a good opportunity to do that while baking biscuits, rolls, shortbread, and pear crisp.

And listening to short stories gave podcasts a little new life.

We All Come From Somewhere by Kristian Mecom  Listening to this illustrated the problem with listening to podcasts--someone came into the kitchen at an important moment, and I don't know how the main character got to the place she ended up. Or if she ended up there at all. Maybe something metaphorical was going on.

Regret by Erin Sommers On the one hand, I'm thinking, This character would risk her good life for that guy? On the other hand, I'm thinking, Okay! This character would risk her good life for that guy!

For the time being, I'm going to try to limit myself to podcasts of published work, both fiction and essays. If I can find them. But I'm sure music is in my future.

Also, I've baked a lot of biscuits, shortbread, rolls, and pear crisp these last six months. I need to do something else.

I need something different to listen to and something different to bake.

Weekend Cooking Meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

Editing Note: While trying to edit a tiny error the day after publishing, I deleted an entire paragraph and had to rewrite it. So if anyone is into rereading, you may see some minor differences. Trials of blogging.


Beth F said...

Baking and a story binge? I love it. I'm adding that podcast to my list.

I think I need to have a baking day soon -- I usually don't bake in the summer (no A/C).

Mae Travels said...

Inspiration for baking: the Great British Baking Show! All kinds of interesting types of baked goods -- theirs are elaborate but still inspiring.

best... mae at

Gail Gauthier said...

We had a cooler day Saturday that I tried to take advantage of. I do bake in hot weather, but probably not in a lengthy binge.

I just learned yesterday that a family member watches the Great British Baking Show. Hmm. It would be great if they did a podcast.

tanita✿davis said...

We have cherries right now, and strawberries. I find myself prepping a lot of fruit for freezing, canning or drying - I can't bring myself to bake at present, even though I intended on cherry pie, more than once,... however, inexplicably, the cherries keep disappearing. ::cough:: Lately, I'm making meringues for pavlova - vegan ones out of chickpea water, and then making a lot of hummus with the chickpeas. Definitely need podcasts for that! I've been listening to This American Life, and Code Switch, of course, but will check out the story podcast as well.

Gail Gauthier said...

Oh, my gosh, Tanita. I've got to kick it up a notch.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I am drooling over that pear crisp. ;-) I tend to like a quiet kitchen or sometimes background music--but I will have to try a podcast sometime. The ones you mentioned sound interesting.

Gail Gauthier said...

I was never a pear fan, but I started replacing apples with them in crisp last winter and was happy with it.