Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3b: first rising

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

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 1: the story

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

Not quite a recipe: three cheese scalloped potatoes with kielbasa and carrots

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

Recommended: XiaoXi’s Culinary Idyll

Welcome to my โ€œRecommendedโ€ series of posts. These will be weekly โ€“ for now โ€“ posts about resources and sites I have found over the past while that I found so excellent, I want to share them with you, my dear readers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Whether or not I continue to post these, and how often they … Continue reading Recommended: XiaoXi’s Culinary Idyll

Historical cooking: chickpea soup with fried bread

One of my Recommended posts was for the Historical Italian Cooking YouTube channel. Recently, they put out a new video for a super simple dish made with ingredients we typically have on hand. Today, I was able to give it a try! Here is the video. https://youtu.be/rqMmatyND7o You can also visit this link for the … Continue reading Historical cooking: chickpea soup with fried bread

Easter preparations and successful finds

I'm happy to say that I was able to deliver a little care package to my mother for her Easter. I called right after dropping off my daughter to see if she needed anything at the grocery store, but she was able to order everything she needed from the grocery store and have it delivered. … Continue reading Easter preparations and successful finds

Easter preparations: baking day and frozen ground

Today, while the girls continued to work on the basement (I have yet to go down to see their progress!), I worked on baking our Easter bread. Then, since I was baking anyway, I made some sourdough soda bread, and another double batch of what has become my usual standby, a basic bread recipe modified … Continue reading Easter preparations: baking day and frozen ground