Photo heavy post ahead. 🙂 Okay, here it is! My very first attempt at slowly recreating my grandmother's bread, with her use of "old dough" yeast that she kept stored in flour in between baking day. (Part 1: the story) The first goal is to create the bread dough yeast starter, and for that, I … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread experiment, part 2; the beginning
I may have mentioned in past posts, about my mother's memories of bread baking in pre-WWII Poland. I was fascinated by what she could tell me. With no commercial yeast available, I had thought my Babcia (grandmother) had used a sort of sourdough. I know my father remembers this; a portion of the bread dough … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 1: the story
Today has been one of those write-off days. Yesterday, we hit 27C/80F. An unexpected result of that is, all number of house flies and other flying insects emerged from wherever they were slumbering in the previous cool, and got into the house. Which meant a night of cats making a ruckus while chasing bugs all … Continue reading Crab apple cider vinegar, fermentation progress
Last night, I procrastinated cleaning the dining room by starting the apple cider vinegar! 😀 I slightly modified the recipe I used last year, which you can find here. (Link will open in a new tab.) I started off by using one of my gallon jars to measure out apples from one of the 5 … Continue reading Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?
Many thanks to carolee of herbalbelssingblog for her suggestion on how to cook our little beets. She wrote: Even tiny beet thinnings are wonderfully tasty! Pulled whole and left intact, scrub the beet and root to remove any soil and give the green parts and stems a good rinse. Heat butter in a skillet and … Continue reading Trying out the beets
Last night was supposed to be the height of this year's Perseids meteor shower, so I headed out again to try and get some photos. This time, I actually played around with the manual settings on my phone's camera a bit, so I will include that information the photos in the captions, for those who … Continue reading Shoot for the stars
While making scalloped potatoes yesterday, I wanted to find a way to use the carrots from our garden I had picked that morning. If they had been larger, I would have just sliced them thin and layered them with the potatoes, but these were on the small side. So I got creative. Here is how … Continue reading Not quite a recipe: three cheese scalloped potatoes with kielbasa and carrots
I just couldn't wait to try out the new carving knives! I ended up using only two of them, though. After looking at the bits and pieces in the basement, I chose a small piece of lilac to practice on. It is resting on the leather breastplate my husband made for me. I was not … Continue reading First attempt at wood carving