Monday, February 9, 2009

Ode to a Piece of Wood

Some of you are probably thinking I must have gone mad writing about a piece of wood. It’s probably the lack of sleep that’s causing this, some might say (well, I’m getting more Z’s lately so that’s not it!). And then some might wonder it probably is a metaphor for my profession which is often viewed as inflexible and humourless. I am a bean counter after all.



No, this is neither a dissertation on the parallels of accounting and a piece of wood nor am I going mad…well, maybe I am but that’s not the point! This "thing" is actually a gift from a friend’s father who’s had quite an influence in my recent baking exploits.



Tatay Rudy has got decades of baking experience under his belt owning and operating a bakery in the suburbs of Valenzuela for years. I did not know this at first but one time when we invited his family over for dinner (with pan de sal on the menu) he observed my pan de sal methodology quite intently. He was probably laughing inside seeing how clumsy some of my steps were. He was kind enough to show me some tricks of the trade. He’s also realised that I was missing a very essential tool!

Being the kind hearted man that he is he made me my very own pan de sal dough cutter…by hand! Isn’t that special! Well, I certainly felt special! It is one gift that I will treasure for a very long time.


The ingenuity of the Filipino is definitely not lost in Tatay Rudy. No new trees were hurt in making my cutter. Also, not having his woodworking implements here he’s made use of what’s available, including the concrete floor! I think it’s great and very earth friendly!

is that a prophecy?
So, from the bottom of my heart I would like to say, Maraming, maraming salamat po! I do hope to become a good baker…someday!

8 comments:

Tangled Noodle said...

That is so sweet - and he even inscribed it! I'm curious how he made use of the concrete floor. You'll have to post a follow-up, showing how this cutter in action.

The Beancounter said...

Thanks Tangled Noodle... Tatay Rudy used the floor for the initial polishing...

I'm making pan de sal tonight for this week's kids pan de sal/lunches... i'll do a follow up post...

The Beancounter said...

I've just edited the post... i meant "tricks of the trade" not tips... ;)

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

A pan de sal cutter! Now you have to show the proper way to use it. Clueless here.

The Beancounter said...

Hello there ts of (eating club) vancouver!

My next post will be about this cutter...in action...

Thanks for droppign by!

Manang said...

Hmmm...you just gave me an idea...I have tons of spare wood here (we are building our house) that I can make into such...

Manang said...

well, I just talked with my hubby about it. He said I cannot use the scraps we have (soft wood) because they are treated (and so, are chemical-laden, which I don't want in food), but he definitely can get me some and make them for me (that's what he said before I told him I wanted to make 10 of these to give away to friends. I think he changed his mind about his offer. Hehe.)

The Beancounter said...

Hello there Manang!

I can't wait for your post 'bout this project....