November 2022 » Hummingbird Excessive

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It actually looks like I say this each month, however October was an extremely busy month for me. I filmed a enjoyable vacation cookie phase with The Immediately Present, 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 numerous huge strikes—most of which I’ll have the ability to share with you quickly!

However the first is that this: keep 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 actual fact, you may nonetheless purchase my unique wedding ceremony gown right here, lol)? Nicely, after shedding deposits and rescheduling and canceling repeatedly due to variants and such, we determined to simply elope… to LAS VEGAS.

If you recognize Erlend and me in actual life, the considered us eloping to Las Vegas is slightly 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. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless fairly tough to get married in Portland’s metropolis corridor, and what was an idle joke (e.g. “ugh, perhaps we must always simply get married in Vegas”) rapidly turned a actuality. So this upcoming weekend, we’re heading to Vegas with simply two of our good mates, 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. Truthfully, I’ve by no means been a Huge Wedding 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 favourite (and now shuttered?) Portland restaurant.

I’m saddest about not having all my family and friends from world wide be in a single place (As a result of when will there be an event for that ever once more? Most likely by no means!), however except for that, I like how low-key our plans are. We took these images with a tripod and a timer, I made our cake (with this “classic” recipe on my web site!) and embellished it with the flowers from my bouquet (that I picked up from an area market). For us, all of it’s only a easy and quiet option to have fun 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 all the pieces new on my totally different Hummingbird Excessive channels:

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photo of a hand spooning out a mound of pumpkin pie spice

Meals For Thought

This previous month, I additionally spent a LOT of time pondering and studying about meals past the baking recipes you see on this weblog. Listed below are the concepts and points that resonated with me:

  • “11 Moments That Present How ‘The Nice British Bake Off’ Crumbled” in Eater and “‘Mexican Week’ Was Not An Accident For ‘The Nice British Baking Present’” in The New York TImes. I 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 girl 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 ideal 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 range 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 serious. What do you guys assume?

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

Recipes and Sources To Save

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

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New Cookbooks

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

Lastly, On A Lighthearted Be aware

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

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

That’s all for now, people. I hope you all are staying secure and wholesome! Please let me understand how you’re doing within the feedback under, and be at liberty to share the concepts and points which might be floating round in your heads, too.



Over the previous a number of years of operating Hummingbird Excessive, I stored a vital facet 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.


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