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29 July 2015

July 2015 posts


Wednesday, 29 July 2015
In the Heat of Summer: 2 Kinds of Chicken Salad
summary: chicken salad – one with cherries, one with croutons; eating seasonally; information about Not Far From the Tree;

Saturday, 25 July 2015
an adventure with blackberries
summary: recipe for blackberry pie; visiting Paradise is even better than anticipated; importance of a receptacle when thawing berries;

Monday, 20 July 2015
So you think that cherries are only for dessert....
summary: recipe for cherries and chicken; Peninsula Ridge Shiraz; information about Not Far From the Tree;

Sunday, 19 July 2015
Score!!
summary: scoring with a Burnt Whisker Forge lame; improved lame scoring; well balanced handle; the magic of summer;

Thursday, 16 July 2015
The Power of Persuasion (BBB July 2015)
summary: recipe for Power Bread, based on a recipe in "Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads"; throwing off prejudices; making substitutions; new lame handle; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: More Cherries!
summary: curious cat; Swiss chard from the garden; firm sweet red cherries (possibly Cavalier, Hedelfingen, Sweetheart, Staccato, Van, Vista or ??) picked for Not Far From the Tree on 5 July 2015 in a backyard of Toronto: in 2 hours, 5 of us picked about 50 lbs in all, in spite of the fact that many of the cherries had cracked in the rain last week. (1/3 of the fruit went to the tree owner, 1/3 was shared by the pickers, and 1/3 was delivered by bicycle to be donated to a food bank, shelter, or community kitchen in the neighbourhood).

29 June 2015

June 2015 posts


Monday, 29 June 2015
Swiss Chard and Cherries Go Together Brilliantly
summary: recipe for stir-fried Swiss Chard and cherries; to pit or not to pit; cherries aren't just for dessert; windfall cherries; information about Not Far From the Tree;

Saturday, 27 June 2015
Delving into the Archives... Chilaquiles
summary: recipe for Chilaquiles; re-reading past issues of SAVEUR magazine; delving into our photo archives; Linden trees in blossom

Sunday, 21 June 2015
Asparagus and Scapes
summary: 'Music' scapes go perfectly with Ontario asparagus;

Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Muesli Rolls sans Chocolate (BBB June 2015)
summary: recipe for Muesli Rolls, based on a recipe for Muesli Rolls with Chocolate Chips in Dean Brettschneider’s book "Bread"; my reading skills have not really improved; a Bread Baking Babes project; another lawn sale find;

Friday, 12 June 2015
Sing a Joyful Song!
summary: homemade tortellini; spring has sprung; the garden sage survived the dreadful winter; Ontario asparagus is in season!

Friday, 12 June 2015
Would you stand in line for this cheesecake?
summary: store-bought cheese cake vs. homemade cheesecake; Uncle Tetsu's Japanese storebought cheesecake, Ruth Reichl's New York Style homemade cheesecake;

Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Wordless Wednesday: bringing home the bacon!
summary: homemade bacon smoked in a gas barbecue (we use a tray of woodchips on one side of the barbecue): 1. Sliced and ready for cooking; 2. just out of the smoker; 3. cooked and served with toasted Flaxseed and Prune Bread; this time round, we used the recipe at amazingribs.com: Porknography > Making Bacon From Scratch

20 May 2015

May 2015 posts


Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Delving into the Archives... the Ultimate Wings
summary: Beijing Chicken Wings and Grilled Green Onions; how to use wooden skewers so onions won’t fall through the grill; delving into the archives; re-reading SAVEUR;

Tuesday, 19 May 2015
White Screen of Death
summary: just as I was thinking about posting about grilled chicken wings (great chicken wings too...), I suddenly encountered the white screen of death.

Sunday, 17 May 2015
Ring! Ring! Bread with Flaxseed Soaker and Prunes (BBB May 2015)
summary: spring at last; recipe for Flaxseed Soaker Bread with Prunes, based on a recipe at the San Francisco Bread Institute; following (or not) instructions; baking on time but posting late… oops; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Stretch Chicken is Great!
summary: recipe for Chicken Savoy – sans vinegar and with burnt toast crumbs, based on recipes in SAVEUR magazine Nos. 115 and 171 (November 2008 and January/February 2015); re-reading past issues of SAVEUR magazine;

17 April 2015

April 2015 posts


Friday, 17 April 2015
Cozonac – Romanian Easter Bread (BBB April 2015)
summary: recipe for Romanian Easter Bread, based on a recipe in The Festive Bread Book by Kathy Cutler; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting;


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Sunday, 5 April 2015
Wordless Not-Wednesday: Happy Easter!
summary: No need to dye the eggs when they're naturally peach-coloured or blue-green! Kouign Amann and cafe au lait; I don't know why I’m surprised that it's snowing on Easter. Of course it's snowing! We're in Canada....

27 March 2015

March 2015 posts


Friday, 27 March 2015
Are we really saying goodbye?
summary: Why I am ending our almost 20 year relationship with SAVEUR Magazine;

Wednesday, 25 March 2015
more lame scoring
summary: 2nd attempt at lame scoring; ongoing web server nightmares resolved at last. I hope...;

Friday, 20 March 2015
Wordless Not-Wednesday: what is it and what does it do??
summary: we were tidying the wooden spoon drawer in the kitchen and came across this mystery object. Does anyone know a.) what it's supposed to attach to and/or b.) what it's for?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015
another gluten-free experiment - you win some...
summary: tiny gluten free cookies; dates are a great addition; sometimes gluten-free experiments are successful!

Monday, 16 March 2015
Yay! Good Brown Bread at last (BBB March 2015)
summary: recipe for Brown Bread, based on a recipe for Granary-style loaf from King Arthur Flour, with help from the inimitable Elizabeth David; finding malt extract and malted wheat; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting;

Sunday, 15 March 2015
Gluten-free Experiment - you win some; you lose some
summary: recipe for caramelized onion dip and Gluten-free crackers ...hmmm; there's a reason that wheat is so popular; new servers; comments are allowed but I can't always access the blog;

Sunday, 1 March 2015
Wordless Not-Wednesday: deceptive packaging
summary: deceptive packaging on gluten-free CocoMira Pistachio Crunch; these were delicious; but, is such a large box really necessary? We tried to stack the entire contents of the box in the same way as the photograph on the box.... Note that our stack is decidedly shorter.

25 February 2015

February 2015 posts


Wednesday, 25 February 2015
dealing with nightmares - again
summary: why I almost packed in the blog entirely; comments are once again allowed; Rhyll’s carrot cake is the best; carrot cake is the best comfort food;

Monday, 16 February 2015
Exploring my Celtic roots with Kouign Amann (BBB February 2015)
summary: recipe for Kouign Amann baked in muffin tins; a Bread Baking Babes project for their 7th anniversary; submission for YeastSpotting;

31 January 2015

January 2015 posts


Saturday, 31 January 2015
Lame Scoring
1st time scoring with a lame; baguettes; links to helpful videos;

Friday, 30 January 2015
Chapati BBBuddies (January 2015)
summary: January 2015 Bread Baking Buddies; Chapatis gallery; about the BBBabes

Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Which Atta Should We Buy? What a dilemma!
summary: reasonably priced atta WITHOUT additives in Toronto; comparison of various brands; chapatis made with atta are fabulous; is there really a need for Canada to be importing wheat? 
[rant-alert]Yup. It's about flour again. This time the excessive ranting and raving is about how ludicrous it is to be buying "no additives" Atta (as good as it is) that comes all the way from India, when wheat is a major product of Canada.[/rant-alert]

Sunday, 18 January 2015
Not-quite-Wordless Not-quite-Wednesday: Have lame, now what?
summary: home-made bread lame handle, using the silver handled nail cleaner from my grandmother's vanity set; link to Ciril Hitz's YouTube video "Proper scoring of a baguette"

Friday, 16 January 2015
Puff! Puff! Puff!! Chapatis (BBB January 2015)
summary: recipe for Chapatis, based on a recipe in "A Taste of India" by Madhur Jaffery; cooking on an electric stove, including a how-to video; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Thursday, 1 January 2015
Wordless Not-Wednesday: what to do with extra bread
summary: Mionetto Prosecco; cheese fondue; Happy New Year!
holly ©ejm All the best for 2015! holly ©ejm

17 December 2014

December 2014 posts


Wednesday, 31 December 2014
On the sixth day of Christmas...
summary:  warp mode cooking; savoury BBB not-brioche flower; Happy New Year!

I'm happy to report that my real blog appears to be back online again. (I hope I haven't jinxed anything by saying that....)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Brioche flower; or is it a star?? (BBB December 2014)
summary: recipe for brioche flower; better late than never; a Bread Baking Babes project;

 
holly ©ejm Advent 2014 calendar holly ©ejm

Don't even think about peeking ahead....

15 December 2014

Triple Shriek


I foolishly believed that I'd be in the clear with my real blog at etherwork.net. But no. Of course not. It has had to be taken offline again because of ongoing malicious hammering by bots.

Over the past several weeks, I have been removing broken links, locking things down (as best I could) and waiting for the bots to grow tired and finally realize that there really is no point to their hammering. It's not as if their mischief if affecting very many people. Surely, their goal is to bother a significantly larger group than me and my little circle of friends!

In the meantime, other aspects of my foolishness continue:


holly ©ejm Advent 2014 calendar holly ©ejm

Don't even think about peeking ahead....




24 November 2014

November 2014 posts


Monday, 24 November 2014
Wordless B&W Not-Wednesday: Vintage Wine
summary: Pauillac 'Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste' Saint Girons 1986 (grand cru); not for cats!; the grapes for this wine were just beginning to ripen in the vineyard on the day we met; experiments in sepia, black and white and colour; Photos taken on FujiFilm S3100 digital camera. Using Irfanview, to create the black and white, I desaturated by 100% to remove the colour, then upped the contrast and added -1R, 1G and 3B. To create the sepia version, I altered the colour again by adding 20R, 5G and -10B)

Monday, 17 November 2014
Mawwhat?? Ersatz Dhakai Bakharkhani (BBB November 2014)
summary: recipe for Dhakai Bakharkhani; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Almost-Wordless Wednesday: but, it was going to be perfect!!
summary: Smells good. Nice and light weight. It looks really good, doesn't it? Well, turn it over.... Maybe if we cut off the burned part, we can rescue it;

Sunday, 2 November 2014
What we did with this year's Hallowe'en pumpkins
summary: Hallowe'en pumpkin carving; Golden Nugget squashes are difficult to carve but after they are baked, they taste fabulous; Sorauren Park Pumpkin festival;