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
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
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
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
I am currently in the middle of an experiment. Growing up here, as a subsistence farm, we had cows for milking and for beef. Even with 7 of us, we were milking enough cows to have excess milk. I remember my mother making cottage cheese (which I did NOT like), but that was the only … Continue reading Recreating Mom’s soda cheese
It was a lovely morning, as I did my rounds, with nothing at all to suggest we were going to be hit by a storm, later today! As is now usual, I had a whole crowd of kitties waiting outside the door for breakfast. 😀 I counted 19, but it's possible I missed one of … Continue reading A good day to be baking!
Okay, we finally gave the Red Kuri (also called Little Gem) squash a try! We only had three that reached maturity (or close to it), and with the poor growing conditions, they did not reach their optimum size. I expect this has also affected their flavour, but we've never had this squash before, so we … Continue reading Red Kuri taste test
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
While I was outside, using the wood chipper, my daughter was busy dealing with our last summer squash! She made four 750ml jars of refrigerator pickles with most of them. The rest went into a summer squash and tomato soup. I think she actually used canned soup as a base, with the summer squash and … Continue reading Deliciousness
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!