What If The Bread Is A Cake?

A loaf of banana bread.

It’s Bastille Day. And it’s too hot to cook, let alone turn on the oven. Regardless, I baked a banana bread to go with a cup of hot coffee.

And then I wondered why banana bread should be regarded as a bread when, in fact, its texture and taste is closer to cake than bread. If anything, it’s a cake in the shape of a loaf.

Dinner was another heatwave-y affair: a spatchcocked chicken, roasted with potatoes.


The Little Coffeemaker That Could

We resumed brewing coffee at home after a long gap of about 19 months. I see it as a good omen and the herald of better days to come.

For the purpose, we bought a new coffeemaker, though a much smaller one than we had earlier. Everything about Mr. Coffee’s 4-cup coffeemaker is, well, small, from the size of the decanter to the paper filter to the gadget itself.

It’s an astoundingly simple analog machine that has only one button. The only challenge it presents is in the area of measurements. As Starbucks’ 16-ounce bags of ground blends are made for standard, 12-cup coffeemakers, I had to do a little math to nip and tuck the recommended proportion to fit our dollhouse-size pot.

To make 6 ounces of coffee, you need 2 tablespoons of grounds.
To make 1 ounce of coffee, you need 1/3 tablespoon of grounds.
Therefore, to make 15 ounces of coffee, you need 1/3 x 15 tablespoons of grounds = 5 tablespoons = 0.3 cups.
In Mr. Coffee’s coffeemaker, 1 cup equals 5 ounces of coffee. So, 3 cups equal 15 ounces.

Books Inside One Big Book

Marcel Proust.

I recently read a book that explores the immense role of books and literature in Marcel Proust’s complex, oceanic novel, “In Search of Lost Time.” It takes many different forms, some of which are easy to detect; others, not so much. 200 characters populate the world created by the French penman and some 60 writers preside over it.

If Proust’s heptalogy isn’t easy to read, what of the memoirs of the duke of Saint-Simon, a courtier at the Louis XIV’s court? They run to 40 volumes.