Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
In addition to a passion for Jacob’s Cream Crackers, graham crackers (must be Honey Maid!) are also my favorite cracker. It is possible for them both to be favorite crackers, because they fill completely different cracker niches. Only a true crackerphile will understand this. And I love ginger. What a find these were. They had a high awfulness-potential, but on the other hand, they might be wonderful, combining two of my top foods. They appear to be a seasonal treat, so I probably will never see them again either. Well…….. I tried them and they are …. Wonderful! Super Yummers! Will I ever be able to have more? One can only hope, and scour the aisles of Grocery Outlet.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
It had been destined to be Challah, and had two cubes of butter and four eggs in it. I worked on it over three days. The first day was not much work, I must confess, and the second wasn’t really either. I was wavering between anxiety (Rebecca usually makes the Easter bread and it is therefore always fabulous! A very tough act to follow-) and high hopes (my Bread Bible never fails.) It looked lovely going into the oven. “It’s a big blob,” I told Tom when I was taking it out. “I am sure it is not,” he replied, but when he came in to look at he had to admit that it was a big blob. None the less, it was delicious, and the gigantic blob was gone in no time. I didn’t tell everyone how utterly unhealthy it was.
Monday, March 24, 2008
We stopped in a sort of art gallery which occupied the site of our favorite variety store, Higo. Over the years, we went to Higo’s frequently. It was the place to find what you could not find anywhere else – from lovely handkerchiefs or exotic Origami paper to Asian dishwashing scrubbers. If we brought Leslie, my Cairn terrier, with us, the lady proprietresses would titter in delight, caress him, and rush into the back of the store to get him a cookie. Here is a picture of some dolls on display in the gallery today. And a picture of lovely greens from one of our previous – later in the season – walks.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Poor Rachael has been sick for the last couple of days and to celebrate her feeling better, I made some focaccia. It was quite good, but not nearly as good as the focaccia that Rebecca makes. So Rachael and I had bread, wine, and cheese for dinner. Unconventional but extremely satisfying.
My plan for today was to show the progress on my new glove, but I was too droopy to knit a stitch. So far the glove is one and a half rounds long. And so to bed. Hopefully to sleep.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Rachael wanted bread that was not Italian, not crusty, not artisan, but was white, soft, and normal. I looked through the Bread Bible for white, soft, normal, and found a bread which the author said was “what Wonderbread, in its soul, always wanted to be” – white, soft, and normal. The rising time was supposed to be four hours, given that one started a sponge the evening before, but there was another thing one did with the sponge which took several hours, and I had not counted this into my program for the day. As usual, I got a late start, and I shortly realized that I had seriously miscalculated the time it would take to make this bread. Oh well! I hadn’t had my sainted aunt to dinner for quite a while, and so I invited her, and as I was measuring out the 341 grams of flour called for on my nice little kitchen scale (a gift from Ana), I realized that I should invite Ana as well. I was planning to make Eggs Benedict, and use the bread for the toast under the eggs, but it was quickly clear that this was not to be. Fortunately, I had English muffins, the more traditional Eggs Benedict base, so we had the bread for dessert, so to speak. And it was quite yummy – white, soft and normal. It was the softest bread I had ever made – rather a miracle of whiteness, softness and normalcy in fact.
This is my first picture, not of my foot after all, and not too attractive either, of the pair of gloves I finally finished. One of the fingers is oddly longer on one hand – perfect for rude gestures. I don’t know how that happened, as I kept trying them on and on I started the finger end half way up my fingernail on each finger. I am very pleased with them anyway, and the long finger seems fine when I have them on.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I had been planning all week to make bread pudding, and had been foiled one way or another every day, but today in my efforts to avoid the camera, I finally did it. And it was wonderful! The household vermin were particularly intrigued by it at every stage of its making, and even more so when it was done. I have had a time fighting them off. So now------ the second UPS man has come, bringing the Kitchenaid, the bread pudding was delicious, I am off to sing at a wonderful liturgy – the Chrism Mass, so the day is definitely looking up. I did not get my glove finished which was my main goal for the day, but maybe later.
BBB Pudding (Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding)
4 cups of old bread cubed (I used NYT bread 4 days old, and an English muffin)
2 cups of milk
half a cube of butter
½ cup sugar
a teaspoon of vanilla
a large ripe banana, sliced thinly (or two small)
½ cup, at least, of blueberries (I used frozen blueberries thawed)
Scald the milk, and melt the butter in it. Whisk in the sugar. Pour it over the bread and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Whisk the eggs and vanilla, and add them to the bread and milk. In a well greased dish, layer the bread mixture and a layer of bananas and blueberries twice, ending with a bread layer. Bake it at 350 for about 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, and the bread tips are nicely browned.
This is really yummy - definite comfort food for those with camera anxieties!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Note that, in addition to my new pressure cooker, I have used my new salad dressing thing, and my new red soup server.
Here is Tom about to enjoy the dinner!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
This Nancy Bush glove design from Meg Swanson’s Gathering of Lace is my top favorite glove pattern. I originally made the gray pair in leftover Satakieli, a Finnish yarn, which is recommended in the pattern. Meg had suggested this lovely yarn for the Bavarian socks I knit Rebecca a year or two ago. They are her favorite socks, she says, partly because of the yarn which is firm but soft, and partly also because of their Bavarianity. I had sufficient yarn for the gloves left, and this was a happy thing. I made another pair in alpaca as a Christmas present. Subsequent to that, I heard bad things about alpaca’s stability, but my friend has been too polite to tell me if her gloves grew and grew. I have now done one and a half pair of these green gloves, also of leftover sock yarn - this time Knitpicks. Actually, I purchased the yarn years ago to make socks, then was desperate to make Rebecca some fingerless gloves for Christmas – no time to get special yarn, and so I used partly the solid green and partly some self-striping sock yarn, again leftover. These too were a great success. Perhaps she will let me take a picture of them one day, as they are sort of cute. You can see another pair of gloves from leftover sock yarn here. Scroll down a ways past the sweaters.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Maria is helping with the cleanup.