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30 December 2011

December 2011 posts


Friday, 30 December 2011
digital "fish soup" bread
summary: "fish soup" bread based on the recipe for Pan Bigio in "The Italian Baker" by Carol Field; measuring ALL the ingredients with a digital scale; submission for YeastSpotting;

Wednesday, 28 December 2011
On the 4th day of Christmas...
summary: 'The 12 Haiku of Christmas' by Warren Baker; Christmas goodies
To window-pane test, or not to window-pane test
summary: window pane testing; using the "precision pocket scale"; is reading the instructions really necessary?

Tuesday, 27 December 2011
I have a new toy!
summary: a thrilling Christmas present: "precision pocket scale" that measures in tenths of grams!!

Saturday, 24 December 2011
Do you hear what I hear?
summary: Merry Christmas to All!!

Thursday, 22 December 2011
summary: When converting sandwich bread into a two day process, leave the sandwich bread starter on the counter or in the FRIDGE overnight.

Saturday, 17 December 2011
Biscotti, anyone?
summary: photos of candied peel and BBB (Erzatz) Stollen

Friday, 16 December 2011
Candied Citrus Peel and Ersatz Stollen (BBB December 2011)
summary: recipe for candied peel and BBB (Ersatz) Stollen; information about Bread Baking Babes;

30 November 2011

November 2011 posts

Wednesday, 30 November 2011
You must try Rosanne Pezelli's Ginger Cookies
summary: recipe for BakerBots Baking ginger cookies; black pepper is the magic ingredient;

Monday, 21 November 2011
Braised Vegetables + Food Mill = Rich Velvety Sauce
summary: "Catering Line" stainless steel food mill; making a smooth sauce; hazards of too much Szechwan Pepper;

Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Streusel Potato Coffee Cake – or IS it bread?? (BBB November 2011)
summary: recipe for BBB Streusel Potato Coffee Cake (Kartoffel Kuchen); baking times aren't always correct; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting;

Saturday, 12 November 2011
How many whisks does one kitchen need?
summary: we each have our favourite whisks

Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: date bread
summary: an experiment in sepia and b&w; Aunt Shirley's datebread - when my mother and her life-long friend Shirley were 12, they made this date bread for the first of many many times together in Aunt Shirley's mother's kitchen;

Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Catching up: 5 Grain Bread with Walnuts (BBB February 2009)
summary: recipe for 5 Grain Bread with Walnuts; brief review of "The Italian Baker" by Carol Field; information about Bread Baking Babes and Lynn’s High5; submission for YeastSpotting;

31 October 2011

October 2011 posts

Monday, 31 October 2011
Fougasse BBBuddies (October 2011)
summary: October 2011 Bread Baking Buddies; Hallowe'en fougasse; information about Bread Baking Babes;

Friday, 28 October 2011
Mmmmmm... pie and pear chutney....
summary: meat pie with pear chutney; pear chutney woes; easy fix; information about "Not Far From the Tree"

Thursday, 27 October 2011
This tomato chutney is sweeeeeeeeeet!!
summary: recipe for sweet tomato chutney

Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: two chutneys
summary: an experiment in sepia and b&w; two kinds of chutney: sweet tomato; HOT pear

Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: there are too many empty bowls
Please help fill the bowls. FAO of the UN: Get involved; What we can do about hunger and need;

Sunday, 16 October 2011
Give us this day our daily bread (WBD/WFD 2011)
summary: recipe for Poppy Seed Fougasse ; information about World Bread Day and World Food Day
fougasse IS different from focaccia! (BBB October 2011)
summary: recipe for BBB Fougasse; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting;

Thursday, 13 October 2011
Amazing Sandwich Bread
summary: interestingly shaped bread; what to do with dough that has over-risen overnight; make sure there’s plenty of flour under shaped bread before transferring to the oven;

Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: Is it Indian Summer?
summary: Ooops!! experiments in sepia and black and white; bread dough mixed late last night and left to rise overnight in the unheated section of the house by the back door; it's not as cool at night as we thought;

Thursday, 6 October 2011
RED apple sauce
summary: Apple Sauce; necessity is the mother of invention; “Joy of Cooking” always comes through on the basics.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Catching up: Croissants and Pain au Chocolat (BBB January 2009)
summary: recipe for Croissants and Pain au Chocolat; getting rid of unwelcome visitors; information about Bread Baking Babes and Lynn's High5; submission for YeastSpotting;
Wordless B&W Wednesday: Breakfast of Champions
summary: an experiment in sepia and b&w; Breakfast of Champions: cafe au lait, croissant, pain au chocolat and home-made apricot jam

16 October 2011

Today is World Food Day

World Food Day (WFD) - 16 October 2011

World Food Day - 16 October World Food Day is an annual event put together by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to raise funds to feed the world's chronically hungry.

[T]here have never been so many hungry people in the world.

- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2010

World Food Day is on October 16 to remind us that every day there are empty bowls and critically hungry people world wide.

Let's make every day World Food Day.

World Food Day: Fill the Cup
fill the cup
Acute hunger or starvation are often highlighted on TV screens [...] These situations are the result of high profile crises like war or natural disasters, which starve a population of food, yet emergencies account for less than eight percent of hunger's victims. [...] Daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger - but it affects many more people [...] By 2001-2003, the total number of undernourished people worldwide had risen to 854 million and the latest figure is 925 million.

WFP: Hunger Map 2011 Today, almost one person in six does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide - greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

- UN World Food Program, Hunger FAQs

WFP Hunger Map 2011 Undernourished: Blue <5%; Yellow 5-9%; Orange 10-19%; Red 20-34% Maroon; >35%; Grey incomplete data (source: FAO: The State of Food Insecurity in the World)

Please note that there are impoverished and hungry people everywhere in the world. And while there are many of us more fortunate who might want pretend that nobody is hungry, happily there are also many who are not ignoring them but working hard to feed these people. Here are just a few possibilities of viable organizations. Please look in your community for others:

Remember when giving your donations to ensure that the relief agency you have chosen already has operations set up in the area. Also, it's a good idea to ask their advice about whether it is best to specify "greatest need" on your donation. They know best where the moneys really need to go.

And don't forget about these sites online.


Bloggers Against Hunger Bloggers Against Hunger
Working together with the World Food Programme to fight hunger.


29 September 2011

September 2011 posts

Thursday, 29 September 2011
Banana Cranberry Bran Muffins
summary: recipe for Banana Cranberry Bran Muffins stuffed with Cream Cheese and Grape Jam

Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: Mmmmmmm....
summary: neither fish or butter, it's a muffin knife – banana bran muffin knife to be precise

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
B&W Wednesday: Zucchini Fritters
summary: recipe for Zucchini Fritters made with breadcrumbs, based on Laura Calder's Crispy Courgette Fritters; you'll wish you had more zucchini growing in your garden;

Monday, 19 September 2011
Let's share, shall we?
summary: markets and gardens are so lush these days; thoughts about wealth and hunger; information about Not Far From the Tree, relief organizations and what you can do to help feed the hungry

Sunday, 18 September 2011
Soon to be Pretzelless Again (BBB September 2011)
summary: recipe for Soft Pretzels; soft pretzels are fabulous; make sure there's lots of room in the car when going to buy 2 dozen eggs; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting;

Saturday, 17 September 2011
I'm a BBBB – currently pretzelless
summary: pretzel dough is mixed and rising; link to Bread Baking Babes September recipe;

Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: what do you call this??
summary: hand-embroidered linen serviette; is this knife for fish or butter?

Thursday, 8 September 2011
Jam Tarts
summary: jam tarts and faux clotted cream; Sovereign Coronation grape jam; no-name ice wine;

Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: ohh la la!
summary: cork from Jadot Pernand Vergelesses 1990 Clos de la Croix de Pierre

Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Mmmmm... oil infused mushrooms
summary: oil infused mushrooms; mushroom omelette; inspiration: Xiang Gu You (Mushroom Infused Oil), "Season of Plenty: Yunnan's Mushroom Harvest" by Beth Kracklauer, SAVEUR Magazine, Issue #140 - August/September 2011, p.54-66; SAVEUR magazine is great;

21 September 2011

plagued with internal error messages and slooooooooow loading


At first I thought it was just my computer that was at fault. I've been running virus scans, clearing caches, rebooting, etc. etc. to try to fix things.

And now, my real blog appears to be plagued with internal error messages and slooooooooow loading. Rats. No doubt this will be fixed as soon as it's not the middle of the night.

31 August 2011

August 2011 posts

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Wordless B&W Wednesday: ahhhhhh!
summary: Iced Coffee; information about Black and White Wednesday – A Weekly Culinary Photo Event

Sunday, 28 August 2011
Flattened Vienna Bread Rescue
summary: BBB Vienna Bread followup; bread that was crushed while baking can be sliced and grilled – it's fabulous;

Friday, 26 August 2011
Remind me to put bananas on the grocery list!
summary: banana cranberry bran muffins are fabulous; even people who can't stand bananas might like these muffins; don't let "Hawaii" by James Michener influence your decision to try them;

Friday, 19 August 2011
Wordless Non-Wednesday: mmnnnffphhhh
summary: it's one of those days cup, brown betty tea pot, pot holder

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Kaiser Buns and Vienna Bread (BBB August 2011)
summary: recipe for BBB Kaiser Rolls and a Boule baked on the barbecue; no really, it’s entirely unnecessary to oil the rising bowl; baking bread AND rolls on the barbecue at the same time can be tricky; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting;

22 August 2011



edit 22 August 2011, 6:05 PM: I'm glad to see that we're back online once more. I have no idea how long it was out. (But there was some wild weather yesterday and last night; a tornado ripped through a town west of Toronto late Sunday afternoon. Who knows if there is some sort of domino effect....


edit 22 August 2011, 10:19 AM: and we're offline again. No idea how long it will be. :-(

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.


edit 21 August 2011, 1:41 PM: and we're back!! (Yay.)

From the updates page:

August 21, 9:54 PM - Server is Back Up

The server is back up and the datacenter is investigating what other damage has been done. For the moment we are up and working. If any work/maintenance needs to be done we will be giving a heads up.

August 21, 9:20 PM - Lightning Strike

Got a series of alerts - there was a lightning strike that hit the datacenter directly. The UPS had a couple circuits blow out so some gear eventually went down after the UPS drained and the rest stayed up okay.

This has been a crazy summer for storms and the second direct hit we've seen. The first did no apparent damage.

Systems are just FSCK-ing (verifying the data) and coming up.

21 August 2011, 1:12 PM:
Yup. My real blog is once again offline. No idea how long it will be so.

23 July 2011

July 2011 posts

Saturday, 23 July 2011
Dinner for a Hot Summer Evening (WHB#293: lemongrass)
summary: The Vietnamese understand how to eat when it's hot and humid; recipe for Vietnamese-style Lemongrass Chicken on Vermicelli Rice Noodles; information about lemongrass and Weekend Herb Blogging;

Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Summer = Baking Bread on the Barbecue
summary: baking bread on the barbecue is easy with parchment paper and a pizza stone; Chad Robertson's boule shaping method is great; submission for YeastSpotting;

Saturday, 16 July 2011
Not-Quite-Williams-Sonoma Hamburger Buns (BBB July 2011)
summary: recipe for BBB Hamburger Buns based on Williams Sonoma recipe and baked on the barbecue; how many grams in a tablespoon of kosher salt?; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting;

Friday, 15 July 2011
Wordless Non-Wednesday: Wild Pacific Salmon Belly
summary: Fresh (the fish was caught the day before) Wild Pacific Salmon Belly with steamed snowpeas, green peppercorn mayonnaise, herbs & sprouts from the garden, poppy seed bread and rosé (Argentinian "Misterio" Malbec-Shiraz 2010).

Tuesday, 12 July 2011
poppy seed rolls on the barbecue revisited
summary: poppy seed rolls baked on the barbecue; submission for YeastSpotting; I have a new bread book: "Tartine Bread" by Chad Robertson;

Monday, 11 July 2011
Spaghettini Puttanesca (PPN #222)
summary: Spaghettini Puttanesca is the perfect dish for hot weather; information about Presto Pasta Nights (PPN);

20 July 2011

how do you spell frustration?


Edit 20 July 2011 14:02:

My real blog is back. No explanation, naturally. As I was pathetically wandering around making sure that it wasn't my internet connection (which has also been giving us grief), it came back online. Yay. I hope I didn't jinx anything by reporting that it's back. :-/

20 July 2011 13:48EDT:

It's disgustingly hot in Toronto - about 30C and very humid. The weather people have been droning on and on about what the humidex temperature is. I DON'T want to know. All I know is that almost everyone who has an air conditioner has it going full blast.

I don't KNOW that this revolting heat is why my real blog on is offline yet AGAIN. And I have no idea exactly how long it has been offline, nor when it will return.

I just know that it's 31.8C in this room as I type and I'm melting... I'm melting....

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

16 July 2011

about my real blog... yet again....


edit 17 July 05:23: And is back online. Don't you just love summer heatwaves? (Yesterday, at 5:00 it was 31C outside. The temperature went down to 22C overnight. Environment Canada is forecasting that it will go up to 34C today.)

Updates - Sunday, July 17th, 2011 5:07:21am

July 16, 11:27 PM - Murphy's Week

DNS DOS and now *another* chiller (A/C) failure.

The server locked up 3 times preventing data damage. We are bringing it up again and the NOC is working to get a new chiller unit brought in asap.


16 July 5:48 PM:

The webhost for my real blog on is offline AGAIN. I have no idea how long it has been offline, nor when it will return.

It could be the extreme heat here. Or it could be more of what was going on yesterday. Clearly, the kiddies don't have enough to keep them occupied. (Apparently there were problems yesterday.) Here is an excerpt from the updates page:

Updates - Saturday, July 16th, 2011 5:47:38pm

July 15, 9:08 AM - DOS Update
[M]ost things still working but still not 100%.

I got a call about 30 mins ago and informed that "changes were made" and things should be better if I could make a small change to our DNS servers. When I did, the sites were immediately loading faster, there was no delay in resolving DNS.

The DNS attack was very simple - someone (or group of people) were sending tons of DNS requests to DNS servers (ours, our colo's, our upstreams - Bell Canada, and other customers).

Normally there would be a total of 70,000 packets per section for *all* traffic - web, ftp, dns, everything else. At the peak yesterday, DNS alone was accounting for 108,000 packets per second on top of the normal volume.

That is like 108,000 different people loading up your web site each and every second. The network was so flooded that DNS could not get out and normal traffic flow was impeded.

Well it's over for now and we hope for good!

We are watching vigilantly.

July 15, 1:40 AM - Much Better

One of our upstreams found a lot of traffic coming in and hitting us and has filtered it - a bit aggressively but it is keeping the servers up.

They are going to keep looking into the the root cause and make a more intelligent filter. In the mean time, the majority of people can see all the sites.

July 15, 12:51 AM - DNS DOS
Posted by: tony
We have been hit with a large DNS DOS attack since about 10am Eastern Time. My ISP was also having DNS issues which has made this entire thing more difficult to work through.

The DOS is still going but not as strong as before.

We are working with upstream providers to identify what is going on and who is doing this. As soon as we have news we will advise.

The problem is that the source of the traffic has spoofed their address to places that would never DOS. Tracking this down is going to be tricky.

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

28 June 2011

June 2011 posts

Tuesday, 28 June 2011
grilled shrimps on a bed of spinach
summary: grilled shrimps in Pernod; garnishing with tarragon; SAVEUR's definition of grilling vs. barbecue; stir-frying spinach; how to ensure the spinach doesn’t get grey and slimy;

Sunday, 26 June 2011
Wordless Non-Wednesday: Have you tried Champfleury?
summary: Champfleury, made by the Fromagerie de Corneville in Quebec, is a "washed rind soft ripened fine cheese that has the interior texture of a double crème brie enveloped in a delicious copper orangey rind". It is the best cheese. Too bad it's only available at the supermarket downtown;

Friday, 24 June 2011
We have the best no-stick pan
summary: a well seasoned cast iron pan is the best kind of no-stick pan; brief review of "A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: a history of American women told through food, recipes, and remembrances" by Laura Schenone;

Thursday, 23 June 2011
Phooey?? ...Clafoutis!
summary: red grape clafoutis; being off-line for several hours; how comforting information on an updates page can be;

Wednesday, 22 June 2011
new favourite barbecue sauce
summary: recipe for our new favourite barbecue sauce; sometimes ketchup is good; childhood memories of cheese soufflé;

Monday, 20 June 2011
mmmm... blue cheese dressing
summary: steamed artichokes are great with blue cheese dressing (Hellmann's mayonnaise mixed with blue cheese); I am the run-on sentence queen; barbecue season is upon us; what has happened to Yukon Gold potatoes?

Friday, 17 June 2011
Soda Bread Baked on the Barbecue
summary: recipe for Soda Bread baked on the Barbecue; follow-up to BBBabes’ June 2011 task; playing with the ingredients by adding an egg;; soda bread is great toasted with asparagus and cheese sauce; history of Soda Bread; information about YeastSpotting;

Thursday, 16 June 2011
Herbed Irish Soda Bread (BBB June 2011)
summary: recipe for Herbed Irish Soda Bread; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting;

Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Thin-crust Pizza on the Barbecue
summary: making thin-crust spinach pizza by accident; importance of taking humidity into account when making pizza dough; two peels are better than one; inexpensive stone is perfect for the barbecue;

Monday, 13 June 2011
I love asparagus season....
summary: Eggs Fauxrentine with Asparagus revisited; New (for us) Copper Bowl;

Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Who says guacamole has to have tomato?
summary: recipe for guacamole WITHOUT tomatoes; it's easily as good as guacamole with tomatoes;

Tuesday, 7 June 2011
It's asparagus season at last!
summary: steamed asparagus with Hollandaise sauce; garnishing the plate with garden herbs; other ideas for how to prepare asparagus;

Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Mmmmmm... jerk chicken and black-eyed peas with rice
summary: black-eyed peas and rice (inspiration: "Hoppin' John" p.78,79) with barbecued Jerk Chicken; what to do with sprouting onions; brief review of "A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove" by Laura Schenone

23 June 2011


edit: Return of service was achieved by mid-afternoon. Yay!

The webhost for my real blog on has been offline (once AGAIN) in the late morning. I have no idea when it will return. Fingers crossed that the outage will be for a shorter time today AND that when it does come back online, things will be stable for longer than 12 or so hours.

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

22 June 2011

And my real blog is back online again!

And at last is back online! Yay!!

sigh... my real blog once again offline

The webhost for my real blog on is offline AGAIN. I have no idea how long it has been offline, nor when it will return. Here is an excerpt from the updates page:

Updates - Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 12:56:23pm

June 22, 12:50 PM - Server location issue

[T]here was a problem with the cooling system at our server location, and our servers were taken down to prevent any issues and to protect data. We are in the process of bringing them back up now. ETA approximately 30 mins, give or take.

edit 17:12EDT: I was really hoping that the "give or take" was not going to exceed an hour. Alas, the server is still offline and throwing "not found" error pages for my real blog.

I'm just hoping that the problem with the cooling system at the server location has nothing to do with a fire....

edit 17:37EDT: There is an update.

June 22, 5:34 PM - What a Day!

[...] The A/C for our section lost it's water, which means it couldn't cool things. 4 servers went down but the rest stayed up. This took down [the server for] Since bringing it back up, [it] has crashed 2 more times - it looks like there might have been some heat damage.

We are investigating what the issue is and what needs to be replaced.

Will keep you up to date.

Eeeek!! I'm trying not to fear the worst.

edit 19:01EDT: There is another update:

June 22, 6:55 PM - Failed Memory!

[The server for] has memory that has gone bad. We are getting a replacement in (eta 20mins) and bringing the system up - we expect it might need a fsck, but I will let you know.

Fingers crossed that nothing is lost...

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

05 June 2011

And my real blog is back online again!

I'm pleased to report that everything is back to normal. Whatever normal is....

The webhost for my real blog on has recently posted the following:

Updates - Sunday, June 5th, 2011 5:42:50pm

June 5, 1:44 PM - Back!

The upstreams seemed to have reduced the traffic to the point where the server can now respond.

I do see residual hits that are definitely related to the DDOS but the server is handling them.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we can't do much against traffic volumes of this size.

sigh... my real blog is currently offline

The webhost for my real blog on has recently posted the following:

Updates - Sunday, June 5th, 2011 12:15:31pm

June 5, 10:44 AM - They're back at it

DDOS is back and attacking 4 key systems. One cPanel server hosting sites (cwpro1) is being attacked and is down.

Working with the NOC to filter out again. Will keep you appraised.

As always, the way to know whether etherwork is back online is to refresh this page. If you see a leafy image at the top of the page, then you can access the real blog.

30 May 2011

May 2011 posts

Monday, 30 May 2011
We ooooh... a new (for us) spice: ajwain
summary: ajwain is the new thyme; it's wonderful with Indian-style collard greens

Tuesday, 24 May 2011
We have the cleanest kitchen now
summary: replacement gaskets for Vesuviana and other espresso coffee makers; how to make sure the kitchen floor, walls and ceiling get clean as a whistle;

Monday, 23 May 2011
What do you know about Schezuan Pepper?
summary: reason for lack of blog posts; SAVEUR announces "favourite" blogs; should we try Schezuan Pepper again?

Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Dinner and a Movie: Stromboli (BBB May 2011)
summary: recipe for Stromboli; filling options; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting;

Sunday, 15 May 2011
My new favourite: Kung Pau Chicken
summary: Kung Pau Chicken based on a recipe in 'A Taste of Chinatown' by Joie Warner; following (or not) cookbook instructions; what to do with sprouting onions;

16 April 2011

April 2011 posts

 Birthday Series: Tchaikovsky - Saturday, 7 May 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto

It's April and time for RePoWriMo – Refrigerator Poetry Writing Month!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Garlic Bread – with lots and lots of garlic (BBB April 2011)

summary: recipe for Dan's Garlic Bread with lots and lots of garlic; information about Bread Baking Babes and YeastSpotting; more magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today's poem;

Monday, 11 April 2011
Should I bother with rich snippets?
summary: rich snippets for google recipes; more magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today's poem; some apple pie recipes

Saturday, 9 April 2011
We make the best coffee!
summary: a manual crank burr grinder does make a difference; how much tamping is necessary; more magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today's poem;

Thursday, 7 April 2011
what to do with left over kale chips
summary: kale quiche; more magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today's poem;

Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Birthday Series: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
summary: yet another shameless self-promotion: Please join us on Saturday, 7 May 2011 while we celebrate the life and music of the Russian composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November, 1893). (...more information here)

Monday, 4 April 2011
kale chips
summary: oven baked kale chips; magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today's poem;

Sunday, 3 April 2011
Stir-Fried Collard Greens
summary: stir-fried collard greens; magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today's poem;

Saturday, 2 April 2011
Pickled Beets Recipe
summary: summary: recipe for pickled beets; magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today's poem;

Friday, 1 April 2011
Bitter Sweet (J'adore pickled beets)
summary: pickled beets; a new dessert; brushing up my French; magnetic poetry for spring;

23 March 2011

March 2011 posts

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Salt is salt, right?
summary: how to measure the salt: carefully; differences between table salt, seasalt and kosher salt; magnetic poetry for spring;

Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Rewena Paraoa: Maori Bread (BBB March 2011)
summary: recipe for Rewena Paraoa – Maori Bread; fermenting, bubbling and stencilling; information about Bread Baking Babes;

Saturday, 12 March 2011
irritations: unbleached flour increasingly difficult to find
summary: failure to find reasonably priced unbleached flour WITHOUT additives in Toronto

28 February 2011

February 2011 blog entries

Monday, 28 February 2011
chettinad and saag
summary: chettinad – our new favourite curry; making substitutions in palak paneer: using rapini rather than spinach and omitting the paneer – it’s fabulous; thoughts about hunger and food freedom day

Monday, 21 February 2011
what to eat with ensaimadas
summary: brown lentils and smoked sausage are perfect with ensaimadas; wordpress is exploding – be careful what you ask for!!

Thursday, 17 February 2011
comments area is fixed...
summary: after recent wordpress upgrade, something happened to the comments file;

Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Ensaimadas with Duck Fat (BBB February 2011 – 3rd Anniversary)
summary: Ensaimadas for the Bread Baking Babes 3rd anniversary; information about Bread Baking Babes and how to become a Bread Baking Buddy;

Monday, 14 February 2011
More about our toaster oven
summary: toaster ovens are great when they work, but they sure don't last very long;

Friday, 11 February 2011
Marmalade Rosemary Chicken
summary: recipe for marmalade rosemary chicken; toaster ovens are great; rosemary doesn't overwinter very well in Toronto;

Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Fighting with previous/next post links
summary: wp upgrade from 2.9.2 to latest stable wp version 3.0.5; I hate upgrades...

Tuesday, 8 February 2011
cauliflower au gratin revisited
summary: cauliflower au gratin;

Sunday, 6 February 2011
How many knives do you need?
summary: essential knives for the kitchen;

Tuesday, 1 February 2011
BBBabes 3rd anniversary: let's celebrate!!
summary: reminder about Bread Baking Babes 3rd anniversary on Wednesday, 16 February 2011; links to all the BBB recipes to date; information about Bread Baking Babes and how to become a Bread Baking Buddy;

31 January 2011

January 2011 blog entries

Monday, 31 January 2011
Anaemic Blood Orange Marmalade
summary: recipe for Blood orange and Black Pepper marmalade; sometimes thermometers don't help

Monday, 24 January 2011
We ♥ Seville Orange Marmalade
summary: recipe for Seville orange marmalade; what to do and what not to do

Sunday, 23 January 2011
Wordless Not-Wednesday: well, we HAD Seville oranges
summary: sigh, don't ask...

Saturday, 22 January 2011
fresh herbs in winter
summary: fresh herbs and chillies in winter; bring summer back please;

Monday, 17 January 2011
St. Hildegard's Spelt Bread (BBB January 2011)
summary: recipe for Spelt Bread; information about Bread Baking Babes; submission for YeastSpotting;

Monday, 10 January 2011
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
summary: Happy New Year!; recipe for best chocolate chip cookies we've had in ages;