February’s task waded further in the yeast required baking, specifically bagels. As my intimidation of bread making has not totally dissipated I procrastinated again. I waited until the last weekend of the month to tackle this task. Again, it was pretty easy. My yeast proofed, which still feels like a mighty accomplishment. (Do you know how many times I have flat out killed it?) I whipped up the dough pretty quickly and then had to let it rest.
I used the recipe from Vegan Brunch. It stated that the dough should be a little tacky. I thought I had achieved just the right amount when I laid it to rest. However, when it was done rising it was a little too sticky. I found it difficult to separate into twelve chunks and to roll into balls. My dough kept sticking together. It was fun to create the bagel shape, however, they came out small. Whenever I stretched it out further it would shrink down. The process of boiling them for a minute on each side in a big pot of boiling water before baking felt a little bit like being in a lab, which delighted my inner scientist.
I will admit to being disappointed by the final product. They tasted good, but most of them were too small to slice and toast as I am accustomed to doing. And I will admit that they didn't all get consumed before they turned green and moldy. I don’t blame the recipe, though. I contribute it to user error and my novice bread ways. The recipe says it should make twelve bagels and the picture showed big puffy bagels. I’d be willing to give this recipe another try. However, I would shape six bagels instead of the stated twelve. Perhaps that would yield the big, fat bagels I was shooting for.
March Task: Make Cleaning Products
When I had the idea for this project, one of the first items to make the list was make my own cleaning products. I am no stranger to the many posts floating in the ether that is the internet describing in detailed steps just how EASY it is to make laundry detergent at home. But I am perennially lazy and unmotivated for such projects so I haven’t tried it yet. But I’ll be damned if laundry detergent isn’t one of those things I intensely dislike buying. Mainly because it is a pain to carry around in my arm basket. But still.
For me, the impetus of this project is push through my laziness and attempt some of these things I would *like* to do but never get around to. I want to see for myself how easy or not something actually is. To determine for myself whether it is more practical to do something myself or to keep paying for someone else’s efforts.