Spice Cake for St. Nicholas Day

December 6 is St. Nicholas Day, and one of the Polish customs is to make spice cookies or cake on this day. I didn't feel like fussing with cookies, so I went hunting for a spice cake recipe with ingredients I already had. More or less. The recipe I settled on is here; Piernik - … Continue reading Spice Cake for St. Nicholas Day

Recreating Mom’s soda cheese: the taste test

Part OnePart TwoPart Three Well, here it is! The final product in trying to make my mother's baking soda cheese. Did it work? Well... sort of. First of all, this is not at all like what I remember my mother's cheese looked like. That was a semi-hard cheese that could be sliced. This... is not. … Continue reading Recreating Mom’s soda cheese: the taste test

Recreating Mom’s soda cheese; final steps

Part OnePart Two After sitting overnight, tucked away in the oven, it was time to take out the cheese and do the final steps. This is what it looks like this morning, after stirring. It... looks like dry cottage cheese. The next instructions were: Add salt to taste, if desired. Add colour if desired. Add … Continue reading Recreating Mom’s soda cheese; final steps

Recreating Mom’s soda cheese; the next steps

Okay, so the curds have been hanging for about 5 1/2 hours, and I've moved on to the next steps in trying to recreate my mom's cheese. Now, my Mom had said to just set it aside for a few hours, or overnight, so hanging it may have changed things a bit. I don't know. … Continue reading Recreating Mom’s soda cheese; the next steps

First time canning, and garden clean up progress

Just a bit of catching up on how things went yesterday. The short version: Long. It went long. Very long! For me, it was working on pickling beets using the water bath canner. Until now, we have only done refrigerator canning, and my only experience with water bath canning was helping my mother, as a … Continue reading First time canning, and garden clean up progress

Babcia’s Bread Experiment: awake!

Thanks to my wonderful daughter taking over for me, yesterday, we had a couple of fresh loaves of bread to try this morning. I'd started by having the dough baby soak overnight, then added flour to make a sponge. After several hours, this is what the sponge looked like. My daughter set aside half of … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment: awake!