I was really, really excited about participating in the SF bake sale this year, but April has been full of surprises. This just goes to show you that, while planning is never a bad thing, you sometimes just can't predict what you're going to be doing tomorrow, let alone next month; had I known a little respiratory infection was going to knock on my body's door and stay for a while, I never would have gotten so excited at the prospect of making more Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes or these crumbly little chocolate pistachio and honey financiers (a teacake whose main ingredients are ground nuts, browned butter and foamy egg whites) that, with the help of La Tartine Gourmande, I whipped up a few nights ago when I actually believed that I was maybe, just maybe feeling better.
Wishful thinking, my friends, wishful thinking. In any case, if you're in the Bay Area and you're looking to support a good cause--Share Our Strength, whose aim is to end child hunger--this weekend, as well as to try some sure-to-be-amazing baked goods, then head to the endlessly fascinating Omnivore Books from 11-4. If that isn't incentive enough, baker extraordinaire Alice Medrich will also be speaking at the bookstore at 3 (I once made her brownies with browned butter--yes, it all comes back to browned butter!--and haven't tried another brownie recipe since)....As for me, I'll just have to wait until next year.