Thursday 21 August 2008
Apparently, it’s been a month since I last told you about this beautiful blueberry focaccia. A month. And no, I’m not going to ramble on how time flies; I’ve done that too much in the past already. Not that I don’t like to complain – you know I do; but well, I’m just too tired and unhappy.
Or at least I was too tired and unhappy until it all happened.
You see, those past few weeks of unusual silence had a reason. I’m physically exhausted, and an emotional wreck. I barely sleep. I don’t eat how I should. I can’t find comfort anywhere or in anyone. I’m restless, always on the lookout for new experiences to share, new sensations to explore, new, new new.
Every morning I wake up after a couple of hours of sleep only to remember what a long day I’ll find on my path. Daily internship. Writing my thesis. Then going back home. Let the fun begin. I create. Or less fancily – and perhaps more appropriately – I make things.
The creative process is part of me. I don’t care about the end result. What matters to me is how you get it. Beautiful.
This is terrific. Exciting. And totally fulfilling. But also very shattering. Especially when I haven’t had the chance to have a few days off since last Christmas. When I know I’ll have to wake up at 3:30am every morning for a year. No break.
And I still don’t know what I want to do next.
Or more exactly, I know what I want, but also feel like it’s never going to happen (St Martin’s school of design, I shall tell you goodbye before we even met).
What do I want to be? Product developer. Certainly. Pastry chef. Possibly. Making my dream come true: being the owner of a pastry shop meets bakery meets book store meets cooking school. Hopefully.
So many doubts. And only one thing to be certain about: this focaccia is out of this world. Go and make it before it’s too late and blueberries disappear for another long year full of expectations, worries and excitement.
Adapted from Dan Lepard.
When I was younger, I remember my dad talking about how his grand father would make him olive oil bread topped with freshly cut apricot halves and baked until the flavours blend beautifully.
And well, since I had some blueberries to use (OK, I needed an excuse for not eating that whole tub); I thought I should give it a try.
The base recipe is just from Dan, as you may have guessed. So good it makes for the most perfect brunch or snack.
You could also replace the oil with softened butter if you feel like the olive flavour might be overpowering (I loved it, but it’s all a matter of taste).
one quantity of focaccia dough
120g demerara sugar
four handfuls of blueberries or any other fruit
Make the dough as detailed here, mixing in the sugar along with the second batch of flour.
Due to the addition of sugar, the dough will turn out way more sticky than your usual focaccia dough; but please, don’t be tempted to throw it away. Make your best to knead it (ever so slightly), proof it then fold it; adding a little extra flour is you really need to.
Shape the dough and scatter the fruits over it.
Bake as indicated. Feel happy.