I turn my back for a year or two, and look at the state the world gets itself into! Did I not repeatedly say that the precipitous drop in the frequency of home baking could only lead to civilizational decline, mass hysteria and global pandemics? Oh Lord, when will they listen. Happily the sun still rises, the electric oven still works, and WordPress…well I guess that’s another matter.
First, a big apology to everybody for the outages of the last month. Evidently a bevy of new web security standards were introduced in my absence, and not having kept up with them…well, you saw the result. Thank God for the crack IT team here at JP, who came out of retirement to get me up and running again. Ms. B, I am in your debt!
Thanks also to a few of you who tracked me down (via my online alter-egos) to sound the alarm that the baking world was starving without Joe’s Pastry Cream. A few of you even managed to find some of my relatives, fearing that I was dead. I don’t want to know how, I only want to say that, well, that was a little on the weird side. But flattering. I think you all for your concern.
Given the circumstances, and that it seems we’ll all have quite a bit of baking time on our hands these next few weeks (months?), I’m going to stage a sort of limited return. I don’t know what form that will take exactly, though my younger daughter, young Josephine Pastry, is now old enough to be interested in baking, so we may team up on some projects. Who knows?
Meantime I’m around to answer questions where I can, especially pertaining to things like ingredient substitutions, which we’ll probably all have to contend with, at least in the short-term. So from me to you: stay cool, relax, don’t panic, and let’s get the oven on. I’ll be back with some of my usual typo-riddled posts before much longer. – Joe