During the lockdown and between projects for my then full-time job, I started baking challah bread after being inspired by my Rabbi and later finding my Grandma's recipe tucked away in a Settlement Cookbook on the back of an envelope. Back then, every Jewish woman had a copy of the tried and true book, and knowing it was the way to a man's heart, they all clung to it.
That sounds rather sexist today, and truth be told, I almost tossed the book until I saw dog-eared pages, tons of notes in her writing, and more envelopes sprinkled throughout. Back in the day, that was how they did things, and I'm certain if Grandma Louise was still living, she would have been overwhelmed by online recipes and guarded her own like a Mama Bear. Everyone had their own variations, everything was top secret and this logic was perfectly acceptable.
Those days are long gone, but the recipes and the inspiration remain. With Grandma Louise's bread recipe, I organized and implemented, "Operation Challah Drop," and started leaving care packages on porches as a way of getting out of the house and staying connected to friends, family, and colleagues. Everyone loved it and said I needed to start selling my creations, which was the furthest thing from my mind. Quite simply, it brought me joy knowing I did something so little that left a lasting impression.
There's something truly special about bringing people together through food. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend to share what I've been doing. Here's a sneak peek at my interview with Kelly Young, hostess of the Our Joy Project. Reconnecting with Kelly was joy in and of itself, and having the opportunity to share more about Miss Daisy was a real pleasure. Keep an eye on WISHTV.COM to see the full podcast, and as always, if you're in the market for a happy sugar high, know that I look forward to serving you. Meanwhile, like my page on Facebook, follow Miss Daisy on Instagram, and place orders today.
When I moved to Indianapolis in 1996, one of my favorite places to be was in Broad Ripple. I loved the area and any opportunities to support local businesses. I also enjoyed long walks on the Monon Trail with my favorite four-legged girl named Miss Daisy.
Besides my age and the absence of my beloved dog, not much has changed. I still savor everything about Broad Ripple and now as a small business owner, I am thrilled to bring Daisy Cakes and all its sweet splendor to the Broad Ripple Winter Farmers' Market every first and third Saturday of the month through April 2021. Hosted by the Broad Ripple Village Association and sponsored by Demerly Architects, the Market is the largest in the state with a mix of local vendors for every taste.
I'll be stationed next to Groomsville Popcorn with Daisy Cakes, Abby Browns, muffins, challah bread, assorted cookies, cupcakes and other sweet surprises. I hope you'll stop by for a happy sugar high, and if there's anything you want customized, call me and I'll bring it.
Thank you so much for supporting Daisy Cakes. I look forward to seeing you Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.