I’m going to give myself a big pat on the back here – for I wasn’t sure if I could do either these things before I gave them a try.
First I baked my first two loaves of challah bread. They turned out wonderfully. The best part about challah left overs – are the epic french toast that can be made the next morning. I froze one loaf so Mike can enjoy some with us while he’s home too.
I used to work in the financial district of Toronto, and beneath this section of this city lay an underground network of cafes shops and passageways for workers to move between buildings without being exposed to the cold weather. It is truly an ingenious system. But I digress – what I found down there was a small bakery beneath my office that sold the most delicious challah buns. They were golden yellow and would melt in your mouth in only a couple of bites. They were a huge treat, and since I’ve left the city have not seen any where that sells these special pastries. So, after what seems like now a decade I’m taking my challah love into my own hands and making it myself. It’s surprisingly easy to make. If you’re keen to try making them at home yourself – here’s the challah recipe I used. I would love to show you a photo but sadly my camera is still broken – but I’ll be making these again and will endeavour to show you the results.
The other was briefly touched on a few posts back.
Bee capturing! Mike talked me through it over the phone, and assured me I was safely protected by a bee suit. The bees were full of honey and wouldn’t be able to sting. Ok, I’m in! That thrill of trying something new and scary was so rewarding. We now have a second happy little hive!
They had been swarming on a branch in the yard so I put on the suit and placed a box underneath the swarm. Then gently moved the branch to drop 70% of the bees into it and close it off. You basically have to pray you caught the queen, otherwise they will just walk out and fly back to her. My first attempt looked successful, but a few hours later I found them all back on the branch. I gave it one more shot and woke the next morning to discover they were all happy and warm inside. Moving beyond my fear of being stung, I knew it would make Mike really happy if I tried – so there it is, success!