March 26, 2012 §
Hello reader! It’s been a while, hasn’t it. Well, it has been for me. I dropped my computer on the floor a few weeks ago, killing it instantly, and silencing me for a while. If you’ve been paying attention you know this is the SECOND time I’ve done this. My husband is losing his patience. I may just need to stay away from computers altogether, but for now, here is a quick update on things around here:
:::I made my first loaf of naturally leavened bread!! I started it from my own starter and everything! Was I this proud of myself on the days I gave birth? I’m not sure. I used a recipe from Maggie Glezer’s Artisan Baking, but there are lots of recipes out there. Try here and here, for instance.
:::I took an old turtleneck from one of my kids drawers and turned it into a dress with the help of some elastic and material I had lingering in my stack. I was really winging it here and it shows a bit, but all in all, I think it will be a great summer dress for girl number 2. You can get the real instructions here.
:::And the chickens are back in full force for the spring! We are swimming in eggs and it’s glorious. I thought this page was a good place to start.
:::I’ve been reading Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking: the Science and Lore of the Kitchen, and it’s amazingly entertaining and fastidiously detailed at the same time. I feel very studious when I read it, too.
:::I’m wanting to try something like this. I think they are so simple and beautiful.
:::And finally, I tried to make goat milk ricotta twice to no (or very little) avail. I used the directions found here. It sounds so good, doesn’t it? And it would go so well with my new baby, I mean, bread! Does anyone out there know if my ultra pasteurized version of the milk is to blame?