Yesterday Youngest Daughter pointed out that I haven’t posted on the blog for a “really long time.” In her view, photos of snow, as populated my last post, are not real posts.
“I’ve been very busy!” I protested. “I have to do the taxes!”
When one is self-employed, one always has to do taxes. I don’t necessarily object to paying the taxes, but to the filling out and sending of forms that is ever hanging over my head. These days I am responsible for more people’s tax documents than my own.
I added, “But you know, I have five or six blog posts floating around in my head all the time. I don’t get to write them down, and eventually they float away and disappear.”
YD: “Mom, that’s so sad. You should put off the taxes and write on your blog.”
Me: “But the punishment for not filing your taxes on time is pretty severe.”
YD: “It couldn’t possibly be as bad as a disappearing blog post.”
That’s the spirit. Accountants, make way for the writers! (I hope accountants do not take offense. We are extremely grateful to the accountants who prepare the tax returns for all our elderly relatives.)
The truth is, there is way more to do around here than tax returns. There are two sure things in the life of the Common Household: taxes and Passover food. Folks, Passover is almost upon us. It’s time to pull out the special recipes and baking materials.
|I didn't have a gold medal, so the|
matzo meal has won the Celtic art medal instead.
In the Great Baking Race that is the Common Household preparation for Passover, the three top contenders are matzo meal, cake meal, and potato starch. Matzo meal gets the gold medal: while most Passover desserts require cake meal and/or potato starch, traditional Passover meal recipes usually call for matzo meal. You cannot make matzo balls of any size without matzo meal.
|For some reason, these matzo balls remind me of|
alligators lurking below the surface of the water.
In Passover cooking, eggs get their own category. They are the heavy-weight champs. It would be nearly impossible to have the expected Passover without eggs.
|A successful Passover cake, but, according to my husband,|
never as good as my mother-in-law's cake
Passover will be different this year, because we are not having a seder at our house at all. No cooking of brisket will occur here. But still, I should get busy baking our family’s three favorites: Passover lemon squares, Passover brownies, and Passover bagels.
So if you are looking for me, you can find me either at www.irs.gov or in the kitchen. Because it would just be wrong to lie around all day reading Barbara Pym novels and eating bonbons.