I’m sitting in the bakery enjoying one of my favorite times here – It’s 6am and the sun is just coming up. I have a cup of french pressed coffee in my favorite mug (Stumptown, Indonesia Sulawesi Toarco, for you coffee nerds). Aaron did all the work, so I didn’t even have to get up to make it, one of the joys of having great employees. It’s quiet except for the soothing sounds of food prep coming from the kitchen; refrigeration humming, knives chopping, pans clanging, oven doors being open and shut. Every once in awhile Jesse and Katie laugh at something as they work and I can’t help but smile. Outside traffic is starting to pick up, and when the wind blows the air is full of pink petals, flying like snowflakes, from the blossoming trees lining the opposite side of the street. I know in an hour it’s going to get hectic, and I’ll forget this moment.
It’s finally spring, and after all of the impatient waiting, the tulips are blooming, and we’ve had our first warm sunny days. It’s already getting too warm in the kitchen, and we’re started wearing shorts. We’ve been thinking about fresh local fruit coming soon, and all of the new things we’ll bake. As much as I love fall holidays, I think this time of year is my favorite. It’s like a fresh start.
In the theme of working on new things, we’ve been featuring more savory items lately, my favorite of which has been this roasted garlic and tomato tart. It looks fairly unassuming, but the intensity of flavors are incredible.
Easter came and went already, so quickly that we barely had time to take any pictures. My Mom made a big deal of Easter when I was a kid, so I have more of a sense of excitement about it that the rest of my staff. I know it’s only because my Mom put money in our Easter eggs instead of candy, but I think that’s just because she’s a smart Mom – it kept me and my sisters interested in egg hunts well into our teens. Julie always seemed to get all of the money and I would get the eggs that had notes in them like “Empty the trash” and “wash the dishes”. Here at the bakery we made some cupcakes that were so fun and adorable that they sold out in minutes. And no chicken eggs were used in the process!
It’s 8am now,and time to get to work. Hope your Spring starts as well as ours has, and we hope to see you in the bakery soon, wearing a tank top and shorts! Maye you can show us all the new tattoos you got this winter.