An article lamenting the transgressions of popular foodie-ism published a few months ago in The New Yorker has been on my mind.
I recently joined Twitter and started following a lot of different things: news agencies, food magazines, celebrities, food bloggers, musicians, chefs, and friends. As the Tweets came pouring in every 30 seconds, it finally hit me how much food noise there is. Bloggers announce new posts or book signings; magazines suggest what to cook or bake, where to eat next, or what to buy for your kitchen; "celebrity chefs" promote events (National Donut/Chocolate/Hot Chocolate/Burger Day), public appearances/tv episodes being aired, and what they're eating today.
Exhausted and weary from going down the rabbit hole of foodie-dom, I've resolved to cut out the noise. I'd rather spend that time (and money) on projects like this gingerbread chapel where I've challenged myself to refine techniques (or learn new ones) and shared the experience with friends. I won't give up my blogs though as I've gravitated towards those written by nerds like me.
|Based on Kylemore Abbey's Gothic Chapel|
Sugar Glass (windows): Not wanting the caramel colour, I took it off the heat the moment it hit 320F.
Royal Icing from Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum