Grain dust in the wind
I loved the Celestino Garcia article too, but I also thought: Is there a way to help him reduce his hours of work?
Also loved that his kids are into bagels, too. I feel that many of these types of stories have children doing anything BUT what their parents have done and/or the parents wanting them do the same. Just so much joy in that video.
I think a helpful strategy for the recipe writing conundrum is to describe or show a picture of what the expected look of the dough is at each critical juncture. I’ve seen helpful notes like “if it’s not ____, give it 30 min and check again”. I’m reading your shokupan de mie recipe in anticipation of making it this weekend and am delighted with the step that you describe that the dough will still stick to the bottom of the bowl and be sticky. It’s so graphic and answers exactly question I ask myself every time I make an enriched dough recipe in the mixer (is it supposed to come away cleanly from the bowl or not?!). You have so much experience already in knowing how people might struggle with recipe directions so I think you know how to adjust to stem off questions or confusion for the vast majority of people. And beyond that, sometimes it’s on the recipe user, not the recipe writer 😂
I agree that a bake fail sucks, a cooking fail can usually be saved but bake fails tend to be inedible.
Question from my end: is milk powder in baking the stuff we use in lieu of real milk for coffee or is it something else? It's been stumping me as a baking ingredient. 👀
Your lead image reminds me of when Mythbusters exploded coffee creamer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRw4ZRqmxOc