The other day someone asked me what bagels varieties i made. I went through them but slowly as i knew i would probably forget one or two if i tried to go fast.
Not quick enough for my interlocutor who tried to remind me ‘poppy seed, sesame seed, plain…’ she insisted. But, i explained, only one of these is true: plain. The Tower of Bagel seeded plain has a mix of flax poppy and sesame seed.
‘Do you do rye’, she asked. ‘I like rye’ she said ‘with caraway’.
Well i have done but it is not a staple. Just as i have done a rainbow bagel.
What about a marbled bagel. Nope.
What about a sourdough bagel. Nope.
What about a gluten free bagel. Not yet.
The possibilities are endless, which is one of things i really like.
And most especially I like also doing seasonal varieties like wild garlic in the spring (see to the right) and nasturtium (pictured above) in the summer.
The key thing whatever the variety, is that the bagels are boiled in a kettle, and the end product is a chewy bite, close texture.
…we have been Trump-ed, and alt-righted – all of whom ought to be behind bars with Jo Cox’s murderer – and further Brexited, proponents of whom probably do not deserve that same sweeping statement. (or maybe they do?).
I mention this because having a handle on the real world is more important than the next Bagel.
On the other hand , i can only control the next Bagel so what’s happening?
Well, delicious things like the offering from cafe#9 is what has been happening. They have been getting a delivery on Mondays of freshly baked bagels and doing wonderful things inside them, like this butternut squash and spinach filled bagel.
Some say that bagels come from a time after Austria was saved by the Polish king. Famed for his horsemanship, they were formed in the shape of a beugel which is the Austrian word for stirrup.
Others say that when there was a famine, shaping rolls with hole in made it feel as if there was the same amount as before. There were also easy to carry on the long journeys to find better food supply.
But actually they do not come from either of these things. Rather than being created as a present for the rich, or under times of famine, the bagel was created to remember how people helped each other at the time of the floods on New Year [read more…]