November 2022 » Hummingbird Excessive

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Hi there!

It really seems like I say this each month, however October was an extremely busy month for me. I filmed a enjoyable vacation cookie phase with The Today Show, and hosted a dialog at an area bookship with my good friend Erin Jeanne McDowell about her new new e-book, Savory Baking. And outdoors of Hummingbird Excessive, I’m making a lot of large strikes—most of which I’ll be capable of share with you quickly!

However the first is that this: bear in mind how Erlend and I had been imagined to get married in the summertime of 2020, however the pandemic just about killed our plans (in reality, you possibly can nonetheless buy my original wedding dress here, lol)? Properly, after shedding deposits and rescheduling and canceling repeatedly due to variants and such, we determined to only elope… to LAS VEGAS.

If you recognize Erlend and me in actual life, the considered us eloping to Las Vegas is a bit of hilarious. We’re the least Vegas-y folks ever—we don’t gamble, we don’t go clubbing, and neither of us have been to Vegas since we had been little children. But it surely’s nonetheless fairly troublesome to get married in Portland’s metropolis corridor, and what became an idle joke (e.g. “ugh, perhaps we must always simply get married in Vegas”) shortly turned a actuality. So this upcoming weekend, we’re heading to Vegas with simply two of our good associates, signing the papers at some tacky chapel, and at last getting hitched. Hooray!

photo of michelle from hummingbird high getting married
photo of michelle from hummingbird high getting married

Some people have requested me if I’m unhappy about not having a extra conventional wedding ceremony. Actually, I’ve by no means been a Massive Marriage ceremony Particular person to start with—even our unique plans concerned us getting married at our native metropolis corridor with simply our mother and father, with a small reception dinner at our favorite (and now shuttered?) Portland restaurant.

I’m saddest about not having all my family and friends from all over the world be in a single place (As a result of when will there be an event for that ever once more? In all probability by no means!), however except for that, I really like how low-key our plans are. We took these photographs with a tripod and a timer, I made our cake (with this “classic” recipe on my website!) and embellished it with the flowers from my bouquet (that I picked up from a local market). For us, all of it’s only a easy and quiet method to have a good time our relationship of so a few years.

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In Case You Missed It: New Recipes and Posts

Right here’s an inventory of the whole lot new on my completely different Hummingbird Excessive channels:

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Food For Thought

This past month, I also spent a LOT of time thinking and reading about food beyond the baking recipes you see on this blog. Here are the ideas and issues that resonated with me:

  • “11 Moments That Show How ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Crumbled” in Eater and “‘Mexican Week’ Was Not An Accident For ‘The Great British Baking Show’” in The New York TImes. I really like The Nice British Bake Off, however I’ll be the primary to confess that its misplaced a few of its magic after transitioning to a brand new channel and shedding Mary Berry and the 2 unique woman hosts, Mel and Sue.

    And even when Mary was at its helm, each she and Paul made some questionable judgements—the Eater article has an incredible abstract of issues like them being weirded out by widespread taste combos like peanut butter and jelly, or maple and bacon—that made me understand how we wanted extra variety and youth on the present. I haven’t seen the latest season, however from the uproar about their woefully misinformed Mexican Week, it sounds just like the present continues to be trending for the more severe. What do you guys assume?

  • “Everyone Wants A Tip Now. Do You Have To Give Them One?” in Vox. I really like going out to eat. However I’ve seen I’m anticipated to tip for actually the whole lot each time I do, together with at locations like quick meals drive throughs and eating places the place I decide up my very own meals and bus my very own desk. It’s getting unaffordable, particularly since my very own revenue is so unstable today, too! This text describes this expertise as “tipflation”, and does an incredible job outlining why it’s such a murky difficulty.

Recipes and Assets To Save

And listed here are all of the recipes and baking/cooking sources I saved for myself:

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New Cookbooks

We’re nonetheless in the course of peak cookbook season. Listed here are the brand new ones I added to my assortment this month:

  • Baking By Feel: Recipes To Sort Out Your Emotions (Whatever They Are Today!) by Becca Rea-Tucker. I’m an enormous fan of Becca’s instagram account, @thesweetfeminist, the place she combines baking with activism, feminism, and extra. I’ve been ready for her new cookbook eternally ever, and even contributed a advice blurb to its again cowl!
  • Delectable: Sweet & Savory Baking by Claudia Fleming. Claudia Fleming is likely one of the nation’s most celebrated pastry cooks. She’s at present the culinary director at Daily Provisions, considered one of my favourite bakeries in New York (critically—take a look at these crullers!). I’m tremendous enthusiastic about her new e-book—it comprises a mixture of each candy and savory baking recipes.
  • Savory Baking: Recipes For Breakfast, Dinner, And Everything Between by Erin Jeanne McDowell. I discussed this e-book a handful of instances already, however I’m SO enthusiastic about this pattern in savory baking. And what higher to study extra from Erin Jeanne McDowell, who is likely one of the most gifted meals stylists and recipe builders ever?
  • The King Arthur Baking School: Lessons and Recipes For Every Baker by King Arthur Baking Firm. If you’re trying to enhance your baking, that is the one e-book to purchase this season. It’s received a breadth of recipes for all ranges, in addition to extremely detailed and complete photographs of all the ideas and methods that will help you succeed at making the recipe.

Lastly, On A Lighthearted Be aware

I believed this video poking enjoyable on the tremendous quick paced cooking movies of TikTok was spot on. Severely, how is any person imagined to cook dinner from these movies?

@logenkershaw Like dang, decelerate please😫 #chef #food #breakfastburrito ♬ original sound – Logen Kershaw

That’s all for now, people. I hope you all are staying protected and wholesome! Please let me know the way you’re doing within the feedback under, and be happy to share the concepts and points which can be floating round in your heads, too.



Over the previous a number of years of working Hummingbird Excessive, I stored a vital side of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extraordinarily demanding job within the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I lastly reveal the secrets and techniques to baking scrumptious desserts on a good schedule.