Mar 14, 2010
HOOSIERVILLE, WE HAD LIFTOFF!
I think the cooking/baking/Julia-ing would have been much smoother yesterday if I didn't feel like I was having to clean the kitchen every six minutes. Despite this, however, I managed to a) bake my very first loaf of bread (Woo Hoo for me!) that was simply delicious and perfectly perfect in every way, and b)make two quarts of pickled beets. More about those later.
If you haven't tried this darn bread recipe yet, may I just say that if I can do it, a monkey wearing striped pajamas could do it. I think it has to do with baking it in the dutch oven. The steam that's captured makes the crust perfectly crunchy and the interior chewy and wonderful. Yum. Me.
As for the pickled beets. They tasted great, but the work to produce them was a little more than I expected. And, considering the fact that the beets were organic and cost about five bucks...I probably would have been better off just paying the $1.69 for a little jar of ready-mades and forgetting about strapping on my inner housewife. I am determined, though, to find beets at the Farmer's Market this summer so we'll have another go with all of the new knowledge I now have.
No Irish Soda Bread. Truth of the matter is that I just couldn't stand one more round of cleaning up/wiping counter tops/running the dishwasher. What can I say? I like a clean and tidy kitchen, especially when I cook, so three projects in one day was a little ambitions for me. Maybe I'll take a crack at it this week.
Not much stitching to report. I've just moved the clocks forward and will now head upstairs to futz around until bedtime. (Which will now seem like it's coming at 7:30.) Damn daylight savings time.
Stewey is rather unwell today. He ate a full breakfast (which is extremely unusual for him) and then he upchucked all over the patio. He must have had a hungry belly when he woke up, but didn't know to pace himself. I've tucked him into his perch with a little 7-up and his silk smoking jacket, and last I checked on him he was channel surfing and grunting obscenities at the TeeVee.
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