Monday, September 29, 2008
another lovely weekend of food and friends around here. the weather was fantastic, too. august and september are typically warm and dry in these parts. it's supposed to be 87 today. holy cow! better eat my breakfast so i can get out and exercise before it gets too late/hot. i'm a real baby about sweating it out in the sun.
saturday morning's farmer's market haul: strawberries, baby bok choy, a gigantic head of red lettuce, a croissant, summer squash, shelling beans (tongue of fire, i think), tomatoes and red peppers. i'm still reeling from the fact that strawberries and red peppers are available at the same time here. nuts! and they're both good!
i made a new chocolate and peanut better no-bake recipe for a potluck yesterday. these are really rich, and could even be cut smaller. which i rarely advocate. another hint: natural peanut butter doesn't seem to want to "heat until runny." save yourself the trouble if you're using the freshly-ground type.
i seem to have set our camera down somewhere that made sense at the time. ahem. so, it's temporarily out of service. but can i mention that i took that farmer's market croissant from fleur de lis, and we that enjoyed the first taste of my blackberry jam with it? wow. the fresh and punchy blackberry meeting the soft and buttery croissant was just out of this world.
sunday morning, it was whole wheat waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. man, life is good!
modified from the food network
3 tb melted butter
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup wheat flour *** or up to 1 1/4 cups wheat flour to total 1 1/2 cups total
pinch of salt
3 tb sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
preheat waffle maker. i like 'em crispy! sift dry stuff together in big bowl. beat milk and eggs together. add to dry stuff until just combined. stir in melted butter. measure scant 1/2 cup of batter onto waffle iron and cook until steam stops coming out, or your little light turns green, or however your waffle iron works.
i cook all the waffles at once, then reheat as needed by placing them back on the iron for 10-15 seconds. this crisps them back up.
enough for two fairly hungry people. great for sunday mornings before roller derby practice - without the whipped cream.
excuse me if this looks a little funny - blogger is forcing me to learn html on my feet, since it's not behaving very well.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
so, trust me, i got a lot more than this:
...but what to do with all of them? i got some canning equipment from my mom the other day, and i'd love to preserve some that way. i'll definitely make some more fruit leather. blackberry-infused vodka? the sky's the limit! within a budget, of course.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
i spent a lovely evening with my parents, niece, and nephew (and air conditioning) last night, and was sent home with a goody bag of slicer tomatoes, romas, and sweet 100's from the garden.
i roasted the roma and cherry tomatoes, immediately devoured the cherry tomatoes straight out of the oven, and saved the romas for dinner.it wasn't a lot of work, but brian called it "a treat." a treat! it was - you don't get that pure, sweet, concentrated roma tomato flavor from a can or a jar.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
on friday, i made the raspberry-topped lemon muffins from smitten kitchen. i only used the zest from one lemon, to reduce any bitterness. they still had a full, delicious lemon flavor. however, these guys are really cupcakes masquerading as muffins. a stick of butter creamed with sugar to produce a muffin? mmm-hmm. suuuure. i'd still eat one for breakfast though. or two. i overcoked them a little, afraid they'd be raw around the berries, but they were still very very good. i reccomend. go forth and bake. tomorrow, maybe. today it's supposed to be 95. let's hope it's going to be a little cooler tomorrow, because i have some ciabatta dough hanging out in the fridge.
i've always wanted to make this recipe from the bread lover's bread machine cookbook, but it called for a 6 quart bucket. and i was bucketless. that is, i was bucketless until this weekend at the beach, when we went to an ice cream shop that was selling its old ice cream tubs for $1 a piece, with the proceeds going to buy books for local children. how could we refuse?
what a lovely way to reuse materials. ice cream + bucket for me + books for kids = win-win-win.