I'm calling it quits for the summer before I head to MacDowell for five weeks.
Over at Stiff Jab I've got an open letter to Gennady Golovkin.
Epic weekend. The party started Friday with Pedrito Martinez Group. The frontman is an angel-voiced Cuban who either has an excellent personal trainer or else playing the conga is great for your biceps. We came back home afterward for snacks from one of Brooklyn's best kept secrets and some homemade bread in my mother's style. This is for Hiroko:
Makes two large loaves.
Into 4 cups warm water, dissolve two packets active dry yeast. The water should be warm but not hot. Add a big pinch of sugar and let sit ten minutes or until foamy. (If it doesn't foam, your yeast is too old.)
Add 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup molasses, 1 cup oats, 1 cup rye flour, 2 Tbs caraway seeds, 3/4 Tbs salt. Stir well.
Add whole wheat flour by the cupful, stirring after each addition, until it gets so stiff that you can no longer stir it with just your wooden spoon. I have no idea how much flour this is - 12 cups?
Once it gets too stiff to stir, turn it out onto a counter that has been coated with all-purpose unbleached white flour. The bread will absorb several more cups of flour as you knead it. Switch to white flour for the kneading, which will take about 15 minutes and will be complete when the bread is warm, elastic, and only mildly sticky. When you poke it with a finger, the hole should close up. When you pinch it, it should feel like an earlobe. (You can knead with a mixer and dough hook, but kneading by hand is good exercise and will make you feel connected to your ancestors. Also it's impossible to over-knead when you do it by hand.)
Clean your mixing bowl a little and put in a big glug of olive oil or walnut oil. Put the dough in the oil, then flip the bread over so the top of it has oil on it. Cover bowl with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until roughly doubled in size.
Punch down - more exercise! - and let it rise again.
Pinch off half the dough and knead it for a few minutes, then shape it into a tight round. Repeat with the other half. Place loaves on oiled baking sheets and let them "proof" in a warm place for 30 minutes or so.
Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 50 minutes to an hour, rotating the loaves so they cook evenly. Make sure your baking sheets are thick or else double them up so the bottom doesn't burn. The bread is done when a tap on the bottom makes a hollow sound. Overdone is better than underdone, because you can always cut off a burnt crust but you can't fix bread that is tigey ("tigey" is a word in my family's idiosncratic Yiddish for sticky, underdone bread).
Saturday I headed to Atlantic City with these Russians to see light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev knock out Blake Caparello in two. My report is here. Lovely to see Sparkle Lee making the right calls. It was the only time I've seen a woman ref such a high profile bout.
This is the new Wonder Woman costume. Pretty sure I hate it, although I'd also like to own it. For Wonder Woman's roots as a symbol of "feminist bondage utopia" check out Philip Sandifer's fascinating critical history.
Here's one of Debi Cornwall's shots of Atlas Cops and Kids cleaning up at the New York tournament. We took home the Best Team Trophy and a well-deserved Best Coach Award for Aureliano Sosa.