This love-and-hate affair that started several weeks ago has become an obsession. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was already too involved and couldn’t get out. Now I am confused, remorseful and bloated. I knew this is trouble from the very beginning!
I have stayed away from flour years ago. I had a love affair with it that left me broken. Because of that bad experience, I gave away my almost-new rolling pin and swore never to knead dough again.
Then I got into pottery making. I didn’t know that clay required kneading! It was too late to back out so I continued attending the class, kneading and shaping and throwing and trimming and glazing. Did you know that clays are baked too? Not just once but twice! In the end, I got over my kneading fright and created several potteries by hand and with the help of the wheel.
Kneading clay awakened something in me. I need to knead flour again! I resisted the temptation of buying another rolling pin. I don’t want to get too involved.
I did some soul-searching and found recipes for making Filipino siopao aka Chinese baozi aka in plain English – steamed buns. I love steamed buns! If I was going to rekindle my love affair with flour, steamed buns should be the way to go.
AND SO, THE STEAMY AFFAIR BEGAN…
Twenty buns two weeks later and two pounds heavier, I am starting to regret it. I still haven’t picture-perfected my buns and the sticky doughs are starting to get to me! I can’t figure out why sometimes the dough is sticky and sometimes it is not. I can’t knead sticky dough. How could I make fluffy buns if I couldn’t knead it properly? What does a woman like me do? Help!
I should give up for now and stop this obsession with steamed buns. Meanwhile I still had flour in the pantry. And ripe bananas with dark spots on the skin that yelled, “Eat me!” With regained enthusiasm, I made steamed banana muffins that required no kneading!
The steamed banana muffins were the result of a spur-of-the-moment, love-on-the-rebound kind of stuff. You’ve heard about that. It was good for a change, but something’s still missing. Or am I just missing my steamed buns?
If only I could knead the dough without it getting stuck on my fingers. Then my steamed buns and I could get back together again. And the rest would be perfect. If only!
Steamed banana muffins ~ Recipe here* If you live in Wellington and are interested to learn about pottery making, get in touch with Anthea Grob at firstname.lastname@example.org.