Hooked, the new restaurant I am designing on Martha’s Vineyard, is progressing exactly as planned. Large design projects rarely go this smoothly and this project has its share of real challenges.
The property is huge, and the “décor” was abominable. We have to make a lot of changes with a tight budget and even tighter timeline. It is difficult to manage a project of this size from a distance, but when clients, contractors, workrooms, and designers are all on the same page, amazing things can be accomplished.
There is a great deal left to do, but I thought I would share a few “before” and “almost after” shots of one of my favorite transformations thus far…
When it rains all day, I go on a cleaning spree. When it rains for two days, I go on a baking spree.
Bread baking is meant for rainy days and while it cannot lift a tropical depression, it may do wonders for yours. Best of all, no experience is needed.
Batter breads are ideal for beginning bakers. They use simple ingredients you probably have on hand, and depending on what you add, they can be sweet or savory.
Batter bread recipes are much easier and quicker than yeast varieties. The directions are far more specific requiring less experience for a successful outcome. They freeze extremely well, making it easy to keep a few on hand for gifts. And no gift is more welcome than homemade bread, especially so when it is well-wrapped. A simple cellophane overwrap (see this post)and a bright ribbon or some raffia work perfectly.
Check out my Projects section for a one of my favorite batter breads!