Door to Happiness #ThursdayDoors

I said last week that I would soon be reduced to taking pictures of my oven door, and that time has come.

We paid extra for this stove because it has a see-through door. Since I love to bake, I need a see-through door, so I can keep an eye on my pastries and shit without letting the heat out.

#1 Daughter gave us that perty flowerdy dish towel.

Okay, without the towels.

So convenient.

And open.

Got a baking stone in there because I was going to bake naan last night, but decided to cook ’em in the cast iron skillet instead. I baked bread on it the other day.

Better doors next week. Maybe.

Thursday doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his wonderful photographs, follow his directions, and enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about something that’s boring to everybody except one person, who finds it wonderful.

MA

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One thought on “Door to Happiness #ThursdayDoors

  1. travtrails

    November 5, 2020 at 10:19am

    Innovative idea for β€˜door’. An everyday boring entity but a lifesaver of families

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  2. scooj

    November 5, 2020 at 10:44am

    I was threatening to do a similar post as my archives of doors are running a bit thin. Nicely done.

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      Marian Allen

      November 5, 2020 at 10:52am

      Well, thankee! We do what we must to keep the honor of our band intact.

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  3. Norm 2.0

    November 5, 2020 at 11:51am

    Nicely done indeed. It’s probably because I’ve always had ovens with window doors that I never thought about this issue before…and I bake…a LOT! You’re absolutely right though, you gotta see what’s going on in there.

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      Marian Allen

      November 5, 2020 at 3:45pm

      Absolutely! You have to cook cream puffs until there’s no speck of moisture on them. How are you supposed to do that with a solid door? Unless, you know, you have x-ray vision.

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  4. Teresa

    November 5, 2020 at 6:25pm

    Opening those doors, seems like food happiness to me, Marian!

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      Marian Allen

      November 6, 2020 at 7:35am

      I agree, Teresa! I roasted some raw almonds yesterday, and made myself and the kids happy. πŸ™‚

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  5. kirizar

    November 5, 2020 at 8:53pm

    I’ve been baking lately too, but I’m not so experienced. My dough seems to be pretty dense. I always thought it was because it included whole wheat flower. But, could it be I’ve just not kneaded it enough? Asking for a friend….

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      Marian Allen

      November 6, 2020 at 7:38am

      Yeah, whole wheat flour makes a dense loaf. I would either substitute bread flour for up to half of the whole wheat, and/or let it rise more (it should double on each rise), or try using more yeast. But if you’re following a recipe, all that should be taken into account. So maybe you SHOULD just knead it for about 10 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic and you can stretch it without it breaking until you can stretch it so thin you can see light through it.

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      • kirizar

        November 6, 2020 at 8:48pm

        I think that might be the problem. I never set the timer and just knead until I’m tired. So, probably I need to knead more. (There are so many ways that is applicable, but I won’t count them now.)

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          Marian Allen

          November 7, 2020 at 9:53am

          LOL! Have you ever watched The Great British Baking Show? You can probably find videos of bits of it on YouTube. Or look up Paul Hollywood videos. He’s the bread guy. Watching him knead is like watching a good DJ or good modern dance using only hands and upper body.

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          • kirizar

            November 16, 2020 at 9:47pm

            I’m more a fan of Marian Berry. She looks like a woman who could pit your cherries at ten paces and serve you up with tea and crumpets without batting an eye.

            It is entirely possible I am watching The Great British Bake-Off for all the wrong reasons. Has American television corrupted me so much that I would soil the genteel sport of fine baking by turning it into a gunfight at the OK corral? It is entirely possible.

            Side note: I’ve been re-watching season 5–I think–and they just finished the Tart category. Man did I want to throw together a tart–but life and time preclude getting fancy with my baked goods right now. But next week–no school. There will be pie at the very least!

            Happiest of November-based Holiday–Diwali to Thanksgiving–celebrate it like you mean it!

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              Marian Allen

              November 17, 2020 at 10:07am

              Thanks for the good wishes, and more of the same to you!

              I loved Mary Berry! Have you watched the Baking Show Masterclass? Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry cooking the challenge dishes. It’s so charming and funny! I do like Prue Leith, though; she’s posh, but kind of two-fisted posh. What Sara and I like about the Baking Show is how the bakers look out for each other, even though they’re in competition. So sweet!

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              • kirizar

                November 17, 2020 at 3:43pm

                I’ve not heard of Prue Leith before. I’ll keep an eye out for her. And we don’t seem to have the Baking Show Masterclass through our PBS station. I’ll see if I can find it somewhere. Thanks.

                And yes, a friendly competition is definitely more my cup of tea!

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                  Marian Allen

                  November 17, 2020 at 3:57pm

                  Prue Leith took Mary Berry’s place a season or two ago. They have new presenters, too. I think they switched networks? Anyway, Sara and I watch on Netflix.

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                  • kirizar

                    November 17, 2020 at 3:59pm

                    One more reason to get Netflix. Sigh. I really want to, but I have to get through the seasons of shows on CBS.AllAccess first. Don’t tell me how it turns out. I’ll check out the shows perhaps this Christmas I’ll break down and get a subscription!

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                      Marian Allen

                      November 18, 2020 at 9:09am

                      There’s also The Great British Baking Show Holidays, where fan-favorite cooks — not necessarily winners — compete to make holiday treats.

  6. circadianreflections

    November 7, 2020 at 10:12am

    A clean oven! Always nice to see and so is having a window on the door. The fresh baked bread and naan sounds delicious!

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  7. slfinnell

    November 8, 2020 at 1:51pm

    What’s in your oven door each week works for me — & your fab recipes πŸ™‚

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