I had to make an emergency yarn run yesterday, so I stopped by the pattern department for a quick look. We are actually still in cold weather here in the heart of Texas, but it won’t be long before the sun is burning us alive. I started thinking that I should probably start sewing up some summer items now, so they are ready for battle when the time comes!
This week’s loaf is the classic wheat. Delicious and nutritious. We’ve eaten it as toast mostly, but I have a panzanella recipe that I am hoping to try tonight!
I have also been reading this book, and I am right in the middle of the air section. Super nerding out on the history of grains and such. I’ve been keeping the starter in the fridge and feeding it every week, and it works perfectly fine, but I might try a little experiment. Just to see what it does, I’m gonna try keeping it a little warmer and feeding it more frequently. I know everyone is eagerly awaiting the results.
Figuratively and literally. In between the rain showers, we were able to get outside and get to work on laying our rocks. I am forever thankful that the guy and I make a very good team! We aren’t quite half done yet, but so far, it it is going a lot easier, and looks much better, than we both thought. Its like giant Tetris, with a lot more shoveling.
Some recently made things around here: old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, a clock that will always tell the guy that its time to come home, m&m bars ready to be eaten, and a funny new animal.
I’m already on the hunt for my next pattern, so let me know if you see anything awesome!
The next recipe in our sourdough cookbook was a peasant black bread, which it says is based on a Russian staple. The recipe said specifically not to leave out the coriander, but I am a rebel, and I did. Because I didn’t have any, and also because cilantro is yucky.
I decided to make two smaller loaves this time, instead of one large loaf. So I basically worried the entire time it was in the oven, since I wasn’t quite sure of the cooking time. But it sounded good and hollow around 40 minutes, and it turned out nice and crumby inside, so we will put this one in the success column.
I planted some wildflower seeds last fall, and look who is popping up all over the place. Some baby bluebonnets, getting a jump start on spring. Its been so cold and I was a little nervous they weren’t going to make it, but I’m so happy to see their little faces ready for some sunshine.
Last week, we made a no knead sourdough bread, since it was late and I didn’t want to clean the counters again. We ate it right up with a boatload of lasagna. No knead bread is no joke.
Here are some good looking breads to consider baking soon. We got: apple sourdough bread, brioche donuts with honey glaze, challah pretzel bread, and cinnamon raisin soda bread. (pictures from respective links)
Yum! Get to it!