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
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
Welcome to my “Recommended” series of posts. These will be weekly – for now – 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. 🙂 Whether or not I continue to post these, and how often they … Continue reading Recommended: XiaoXi’s Culinary Idyll