Well, we had at least one good thing happen today. I was able to finish the chive blossom vinegar. The bottle has had two weeks in the cupboard to infuse. Any time we went into the cupboard for something, we'd turn the bottle upside down a few times, to get the blossoms out of the … Continue reading Chive Blossom Vinegar is done
Today has been another day of rain and high winds. After today, we're going to be back to high temperatures and sun. My Weather Network is forecasting 37C/99F on Wednesday! I think that must be some kind of typo, because I'm not seeing that anywhere else. The highest I'm finding is on my phone's app, … Continue reading Making things
I had a rather amusing start to the morning! While heading out to feed the outside cats, I heard a noise from an unusual direction. I had startled Nicky the Nose on the sun room roof! I always get a giggle out of how he pancakes himself like that when he's startled. As if he … Continue reading An awesome Mother’s Day, pancake cat, soil comparisons and pretty things. 🙂
I hope that your day was full of joy and blessings. Our favourite tradition is our Easter basket. The traditional items include bread (I made a challah this year), eggs (half were pickled, half were coloured with beet juice), ham, sausage, cheese (goat cheese with herbs this year), horseradish (we purchased a spread this year, … Continue reading Happy Easter!
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
Photo heavy post ahead! 😀 Today, we got to use our pasta machine for the first time, while making pasta for the first time. 🙂 Granted, I have made pasta-like noodles before, before, but nothing quite like this. Of course, I did some research first. I wanted something really basic for a recipe. This turned … Continue reading First time making pasta!
When setting the old dough to reconstitute and ferment overnight, I had some concerns about temperature. The crock was sitting on our dining table, and that room gets pretty chilly. I did warm up the rice bag we have been using to warm our fermenting hard apple cider (which is probably ready to be bottled, … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3b: first rising
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, I bring to you a variation of the traditional Polish dish called haluski. You can go here for a traditional recipe with some common variations. The link will open in a new tab, so you won't lose your place. 🙂 Oddly, though my parents were both born in Poland, and I grew up with … Continue reading Recipe: Mushroom, Bacon Haluski
At our last Costco trip, we picked up large packages of three different types of mushrooms. After using as much fresh mushrooms as we wanted, I planned to dehydrate the rest. I really like the mushroom salt we'd made, but wanted to have mushroom powder, without the salt, to use. The powder is an excellent … Continue reading Drying mushrooms – sort of