This year’s Christmas decorations

Every year, I used to make new decorations for our Christmas tree, and to share with family. We had a multi-year hiatus for a number of reasons, including moving here, but I've started the tradition up again. Each year, I try to do something different, hopefully learn a new skill, and use materials at hand. … Continue reading This year’s Christmas decorations

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

First Ginger Bug Pop: Cran-Raspberry Cocktail

When it was time to feed the ginger bug, I decided it was time to start our first batch of fermented pop (aka: soda). In looking for recipes and instructions on how to actually use the ginger bug, I found myself with some issues. One was the ratios of ginger bug to liquid, which tended … Continue reading First Ginger Bug Pop: Cran-Raspberry Cocktail