Posts Tagged 'Bagels'

Food Nostalgia Challenge: Bagels

When you ask an American student what they most miss about home, after their family, the most common response is often…the bagel.  My plan L (for lottery winning) in life is to open up a bakery here in Seville called Desa y Unos that specializes in American pastries – pie of the day, quality cookies, and of course – bagels.  Caroline and I still wax nostalgic over our bagel dates in college – a fresh bagel, toasted crispy and shmeared with flavored cream cheese accompanied by an almond latte.  So, so, so good.  Here in Spain, they are not to be found.  Like anything denied, it starts to grow in importance, taking on a rosy glow in your memory.  I had had it.  I had made gluten free bagels before, why not make glutentastic ones?

I called up my friend Erin and told her my plan and she started chipping in with her own sighs. The desire of her heart? A sandwich: the Tribeca Turkey from Manhattan Bagels.  The plan coalesced: we were going to make this sandwich and failure was not an option.

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Gluten-free Bagels

If you know me personally (and honestly, most of you who are reading this do) then you know that as soon as I meet someone and try to form a friendship, the oven will be involved.  Michelle remembers the first time I met her, Gabrielle called home to give me a heads up to stick around and my response was “Great! I have a strawberry rhubarb pie going in the oven right now!  Perfect timing!”  Major (and minor) life events are usually marked by some baked good as well; that same pie just came out of the oven a week or so ago as another Goodbye Pie for Caroline, to see her off to Hotlanta just a little bit plumper. And will probably be making an appearance here soon to break in our new oven when it finally gets here and puts me out of my misery.

Another theme in my bake-ery has been taking on nutritional challenges.  I personally am an inveterate omnivore who eats processed sugar, animal byproducts, lactose, strange beasts, preservatives, whatever.  I have cooked vegetarian, vegan, and sugar-free.  So when I struck up a new friendship with someone who is type celiac, I knew that a new challenge had presented itself.  When Alex mentioned how much he missed bagels, the challenge took shape.  To the fancy flour section!

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Hey, I'm Desa. I've been bouncing between the Pacific Northwest and Sevilla, Spain in the last few years and from tiny apartment to tiny apartment. I cook mainly for one, which means some potentially boring meals, but here I'll be sharing the food that excites me. Feel free to offer suggestions, commiseration, or desires. And thanks for coming by!


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