It has been ages since I made a loaf of yeasted bread from scratch. The stars aligned just so yesterday (Sunday), so I meandered my way through a new (for me) process that involved an extra resting point for the batter before kneading. I am incredibly pleased with the texture and structure, so I think I may stick to it. Had forgotten how satisfying a process bread-baking can be. Gonna take advantage of the upcoming […]
Greens. The loss of watermelon. The reappearance of tomatoes. Every little thing inches us closer to the cool that fall promises. Tonight’s cup of tea in place of iced water is certainly another little bit.
I have a confession: I have never baked with canned pumpkin puree. I didn’t grow up eating pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread or pumpkin anything. Our holiday gatherings tended to have flan or Lulu’s choco-flan or dulce de camote. The closest I came to pumpkin in October were those little pumpkin-shaped candies that my mother would throw out of our Halloween baskets (source: dangerous halloween candy urban legend of the mid-80s). I baked my first […]
The fall season marks the beginning of an 8-9 month watermelon mourning season. Perhaps more importantly though, it means the start of greens-washing season. Wash, spin, wash again, spin, and then lay out on a rag for its final drying stage before it gets portioned and sent to the fridge. Today’s CSA stash means my greens-washing skills are being put to the test: broccoli kale dandelion greens collards bok choi sweet potatoes beets radishes […]
I’ve never followed pecan season very much, but may have to change my Autumn ways. These beautiful clusters are popping up all over the neighborhood. I see some salsa-for-pecan swaps in my future…
It is official. Everyone in the house is in varying stages of sick. He went down over the weekend with flu-like symptoms and, if his appetite is any indication, seems to be on the mend. She was running a fever yesterday and can’t seem to taste anything. And I… well no flu-like symptoms, but my body and respiratory system are acutely aware of the re-emergence of cedar in the Austin air. Oosh. Meal plan is […]
It’s one of those weeks again. You know… the ones where a full map is required to get from point A to point B to point ZZ. Monday (full day o’work & meetings, martial arts) Breakfast – Steel Cut Oats with Peanut Butter, Honey & Cinnamon Lunch for her – Rice & Broccoli Rolls | Carrots | Half Grapefruit | Kettle Corn Lunch for us – Leftovers Dinner – Field Roast Sandwiches | Spinach Salads […]
Yesterday’s list is a lot of what goes on in the weekly handwritten notes that I keep in my journal/list/everything book. That list gets transformed into a slightly more sane plan for the week on my computer where I can move things around. If I am in a good kitchen groove and fitting my kitchen time in without much struggle, I put them into buckets – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks. If I am not feeling […]