The bouncing goes elsewhere

As I’ve run Ricochet, I’ve found two issues:

1. “Ricochet” as a word is hard for a lot of people to spell.

2. This blog doesn’t cover what I want to do in the food world.

I wish I didn’t care so much about the first issue, but the second is what hit home.

I’ve been thinking about this since I went on hiatus, but what I love about food is exploring. I’m not going to ever make the prettiest tarts, or artfully arrange cookies on plates, or garnish cocktails with sugar-encrusted microflowers. And, somehow, RB never quite fit the bill. It confused people when I tried to explain my writings, which have spanned the range from social justice, to travel, and most recently primarily about food.

While I don’t want to cater to elevator pitches, I also want something that can be read. And, hopefully, spelled.

And I write about two things, really: social issues and food. I’m building out a project (details will come once I survive a few more things) for my social issues, but I still want to blather on about my love of chocolate. That and I’m writing my thesis the next two quarters, so that makes it much harder to do things instead of it.

With that in mind, my next blog will be titled Adventure For Dessert. It’s not ready yet – thank you impending thesis – but it will be about the things I do for sugar-covered goodness. There will be baking, dessert tasting, and road trips. And it will be epic. And in the fall.

I’ll keep Ricochet Biscuit alive as an archive – it’s a reminder of where I’ve been and where I’m going to. If you can pin something or read a post later, great; the hand pies aren’t going anywhere. (I am also back to being alive on twitter, though not as much as I used to be. We’ll see how that goes.)

My thesis is in production, I have other projects in the works, and Ricochet isn’t bouncing the right biscuit way. Not for the plans I have in mind, at least. I hope you’ll join me on this next adventure, wherever it ends up.

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A sabbatical from Ricochet Biscuit – and twitter

I’m going on a blogging/tweeting sabbatical. Starting now.

Why? Because I’m still sick, and it’s not getting better. I’m not dying – trust me, that would be a different kind of post – but for now the best thing I can do is limit my non-school engagements. I’d planned to get away with dropping my post frequency, but cold turkey really is the best option. And that also means going silent on twitter. Cold turkey, not cold pheasant-that-kind-of-has-turkey-features.

My goal is to do this until January 1, 2014. Ricochet will probably be inactive slightly longer, while I work with full force on my next big project, but I’ll return to twitter by then. And by then, you won’t be able to get rid of me.

I’m not particularly thrilled about this decision, but my health has been poor for too long. I just need time to recuperate.

Also, right now I want to devote my free time to doing the things I talk about doing, rather than just writing about what I want to do. So if you need a co-conspirator for potentially bad ideas, I’ll still be checking my jessica @ ricochetbiscuit.com email. (If you’re a friend catching this and I haven’t contacted you yet, send me a smoke signal.)

In the words of Granny Weatherwax, I aten’t dead. I’m just off doing other things instead of my thesis.

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Eating contests: the good and the bad

So the other day I took part in my first ever eating contest. And I lost. Horribly. But I don’t think that was a bad thing.

Eating contests

I mean, I kind of saw this coming – while my stomach is a vast and unstoppable pit of hunger, I prefer to eat 5-10+ times a day in small batches rather than consuming large amounts at any one point. That being said, I love BeanFish’s taiyaki and saw the contest as a win-win: if I won, free taiyaki for a year. If I lost, free taiyaki for a day. Either way, free taiyaki.

There were five of us, with five minutes to eat ten taiyaki and finish a bottle of ramune. Nerves were high, stakes were moderate, and bellies were on empty. Well, except for mine – mine’s never sated.

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Welcome to Night Vale, cupcakes.

Good morning, readers. The sun is out, the birds are silent, and the Sheriff’s Secret Police are off rounding up the last of the “morning people” so the rest of us can get some coffee.

Welcome to Night Vale.

Welcome to Night Vale

This week, our cakes are from Night Vale’s finest, vanilla cupcakes from the annual PTA bake sale. After they were dropped off, a portal ripped through the station to the great beyond and, well, eldritch monsters appear to have eaten half of them. At least they were polite enough to leave us some of theirs as an apology.

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Cake Day: Crumble & Flake

Oh, Crumble & Flake.

Crumble & Flake

Don’t bring your lactose and gluten-intolerant friends there. If you do, there will be… Words about their opinion of you. Probably even Sentences.

When they first opened about a year ago, which now seems like forever, the lines were atrocious. I never fought them – I’m way too lazy for that – but everyone knew about the place closing no later than nine every morning. There was a food nerd frustration voiced on twitter fairly regularly about the general inability to get a single bite from their butter-laden shelves. I was excited when I managed to get there at 10 am one morning for a pair of cream puffs.

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