Sunday, November 18, 2007

Photo backlog

and a few cold weather recipes

Graveyard cake that we made for Halloween. I made the cake/frosting, R. decorated. This is his photo.

I've been eating this for breakfast a lot: steel cut oats, blueberries and toasted almonds or walnuts. Three superfoods in one meal - add a little yogurt and you've got 4. Lately I've been buying frozen wild blueberries, which I just heat up in the microwave or in a saucepan with a little water.

Our last CSA pick up included an enormous cabbage. I made sauerkraut using these guidelines. Basically you shred the cabbage (I used my food processor, which worked well) and pack it into a crock, salting as you go.

My fermentation vessel: I covered the cabbage with the bottom part of my springfrom pan, and held everything down with a pyrex container filled with water as a weight. After one night the brine hadn't reached over the top of the pan, so I poured in 4 cups of salted H20 and let it sit for a week. Apparently the salt water brine keeps bacteria/mold/etc from growing in your kraut.

At first it just smelled like... wet salty cabbage. But somewhere around day 3 it turned into real
sauerkraut, which I cooked in the crockpot with potatoes and a pork tenderloin. I totally love kitchen experiments like this.

The pork/sauerkraut meal finished up with this fantastic sour cream apple pie (via Posie gets cozy). One of the best apple pies I've ever tasted, seriously. I always use the pate brisee recipe from Martha Stewart's baking handbook, and it has never failed me. This time I actually put the flour and salt into the fridge before making the crust, and it did make a difference.

Some other recipes I've been wanting to try (I've had these saved for a while, and now can't remember where I first saw them. Sorry!):

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Breaking news

I've been away for some time, haven't I? Two things prompted my return:

1. Erin (who doesn't have a blog, but should) called last night to make sure I was ok, since this space has been silent for so long.

2. R. has started a blog! As you will see this may be a dangerous thing for me, since he's already revealing the stupid crap I come up with, but enjoy!

I have a journal club presentation this afternoon (this paper - an interesting topic) and that is occupying much of my brain space at the moment. I'll try to post again once it's over...