Guest Blog by: Midge
This blog today was supposed to be about my grand attempt to get motivated out of my couch potato life and start moving. I have a 5K plan…I have goals…then, I was distracted by a fantastic looking pretzel recipe. Sigh…
So, I got myself off the couch and headed towards the kitchen. Internet recipe print out in hand, I put my ingredients in order. Then, because baking and I often disagree, I walked slowly through each agonizing step which was very time consuming.
Ever hear about the car mechanic, who gets done fixing your car and has parts left over? This pretzel recipe was like a train wreck. There was at least one ingredient in the ingredient list that did not translate into the numbered instructions. For those of us who are baking challenged ~ can I hear a collective “AAAAUUUUGGGHHH!”.
After twenty minutes I found out I was wrong and all of the ingredients were accounted for. The ingredient in question was baking soda and I was supposed to use it to “poach” the pretzel before baking it. Poaching a pretzel is probably the oddest instruction I have been given in a very long time. I am not sure that I have ever “poached” anything before. My husband was sure I was talking about poaching animals but I assured him I was not going to go elephant hunting any time soon!
I boiled the water added the baking soda and poached. Did I do it right? I have no idea! But, I followed those directions like I was a third chair flute on parade day.
When my husband and I finally ate them, they actually tasted okay. But, they were not the light, fluffy soft pretzels you buy at a basketball game. They turned out thick, heavy, and tasting slightly of baking soda. By now, I was pretty sure it had nothing to do with the recipe, just my interpretation of it.
Maybe I should have stuck to my original plan- get moving! There is a 5K (3.1 miles) race every year where I live and I told my husband that my goal is to actually run the entire race. By the way, not counting PE class where you are forced to run, I am not nor have I ever been a runner. I just need to get inspired and start moving.
I have until June and I already got off the couch. Now, I just need to get out of the kitchen!
Do you have any recommendations for how to turn my interpretation of this recipe from thick and heavy to light and fluffy? What are your goals for this New Year? Do you want to join the Midge team (party of one) with my 5K challenge?
Here are a couple of websites to share:
*My friend was the first one to inspire me when she mentioned she was going to do a COUCH TO 5K program…I think I might look into this!
*Want to try the same pretzel recipe and give me a few pointers?