This week, the foodblogging community lost one of its most treasured and inspiring members with the sudden death of Lisa Cifelli, co-founder of The Daring Kitchen. There are no words to describe how deeply the loss is felt and my heart goes out to those close to her in both the online and physical worlds. She was an amazing, wonderful woman, full of energy and humour and my life is so much richer for having known her.
We were asked to post something today as a commemoration of her spirit of sharing, community and education so I decided to bake pretzel rolls. Why? Because, firstly, the very first Daring Bakers challenge which led to the foundation of The Daring Kitchen, was for pretzels. And because, secondly, when I was preparing with Lis to host my Daring Bakers challenge which ended up being Life of Pie, I was originally going to revisit pretzels and I had a recipe that Lis sent me with a request to include it.
Where are the rolls, you ask? Well, they don’t look pretty, I completely forgot to salt them before baking and they stuck to baking sheet. Chalk that one up under the column headed “Failure”. I’ll keep trying, though. After all, that’s precisely what the Daring Kitchen is all about – challenging yourself to try something new and working at it until it is what you set out to achieve. When I get there, I’ll share them.
Thank you, Lis, for welcoming me into the Daring Kitchen, for making me stretch myself beyond my limits and never give up trying. I owe so much to you.
Rest in peace.