A tasty fail!

Yesterday, I tried a bit of an experiment. I decided to make some little beef pies in muffin tins. This is something I've made before - the first time, in Home Ec class! My experiment was with the dough. We've been trying to find ways to use less butter in our cooking. We don't use … Continue reading A tasty fail!

Our 2022 garden: winter sowing experiment

I was inspired by WolfSong to try something new - and help with that urge to be planting something already! Winter sowing. Today, I finally got some seeds started. We've been keeping a variety of plastic bottles and jugs for potential garden use. We've got mostly the blue water bottles. The distilled water we get … Continue reading Our 2022 garden: winter sowing experiment

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

Crunchy walkabout, and a garden experiment

Today, I did something I haven't done in quite a while; check things out beyond the outer yard. Everything beyond the fence surrounding the outer yard, plus the old hay yard, is rented out, and somewhat less than half of that is used for pasture. This first photo was actually taken from within the outer … Continue reading Crunchy walkabout, and a garden experiment

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 10: No Knead bread

A while back, we tried a recipe for overnight bread, which you can read about here, and find a link to the original recipe we used. I then tried an "over day" version, using the dough baby from my Babcia's bread experiment. It was fantastically successful! We've made it again, as a pretty basic no-knead … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 10: No Knead bread