Monday, February 2, 2015
This month has been all about the bread because my friend Celia in Australia sent me some dried sourdough flakes from her starter, "Priscilla, Queen of the Refrigerator".
Nurtured back to life with bread flour and cooled boiled water, the dried flakes grew into a new starter that I christened "Big Mama" after my great grandmother who was famous for her biscuits.
The results is a crunchy crispy crust and a soft chewy insides. Another side effect has been my complete breadmania, with things like "hydration levels", "crumb", rising times and "semolina flour" being obsessed over like some crazed mad scientist. It's all great fun.
It hasn't been bread alone around here... we are enjoying lots of winter tomatoes...
Still loving on Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I made Hollandaise sauce for the first time. It is delicious. Not something I'd do everyday, but for company perhaps.
Lots of fresh veg from the farmer's market, sounds so hipster doesn't it? I've been living on english peas. I'm the only one in my family who likes them. Oh well, more for me. :-)
Broccoli, bell pepper, olives and feta salad.
The hub made a pitcher of fresh mandarin juice. No scurvy around here. In years past the mandarins have been really sour. This year they were sweeter for some reason. The froth on the top was creamy like an Orange Julius.
He also made meat pies using some leftover pot roast. Many "Mrs. Lovett" jokes were made.
My one purchase for the kitchen was a Le Creuset bread pan that I found on sale. I'm hoping to make sandwich bread.
And for dessert, rice pudding with pistachios.
So that's what's been cooking here at Casa Del Aguas. How about you?
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ~ Julia Child
Posted by Marilyn Scott-Waters at 9:41 AM