Archive for the ‘Baking’ Category

Temp Posts, Sour Doughs, and Cash

June 7, 2007

I want to take some time tomorrow to add to the post I had planned to put up tonight. I like the topic and I feel like it deserves a better shot then it got today.

In the meantime, here’s this: My sour dough starter crock is, as of about 3pm today, empty. I surrender to the forces of fate which desire me to never repeat the success of my fabled (and, unfortunately, quickly given away) first two loaves. However, I choose not to look at this as a failure, but a new beginning, wherein I am free to explore the world of quick breads. Look ma! No yeast!

You may, if you wish, choose to attribute my optimism today to having experienced something new recently I am not really familiar with. The contents of my wallet has grown, not through cashed checks or bank withdrawals but old-fashioned small, local transactions until it was tonight brimming with 100 bucks. With a $220 check from work on the way as well, I am pretty happy.

Gross Day Follow Up

June 6, 2007

Today improved with time, if slightly.

I am hitting the sheets soon because tomorrow I go to meet Christine and to mow her lawn. Bright and early! I’m also hoping to finish up some work for Rhodes. Hopefully that will remind my father why he doesn’t want me to take another job. Ha ha.

The bread failed, miserably. We chucked the starter, and I am moving towards quick breads. I will let you know how that goes.

Updates on more of everything (especially from today’s post) forthcoming!

Gross Morning

June 6, 2007

For the first time in a few days, I have woken up and not found it raining outside, and yet so far it has been one of those mornings.

I didn’t sleep well last night. Right before bed, among a ton of little worries, my wandering mind happened on thoughts of T-Bone (my dog) dieing. I don’t know why, but it’s not the first time; I suppose I don’t feel like I spend enough time with the little guy. With a pet, it’s hard to really substitute any other sort of interaction, since, unlike a person, you can’t call on the phone or write an e-mail. Anyway, I don’t know if any of that train of thought made sense, but he’s getting old, and on the rare occasion that thought gets to me, I feel incredibly sad that he doesn’t sleep with me anymore.

Of course, my first thought after that was being mad at myself for not thinking the same thing about any of my loved ones. So naturally right away I did. Anyway, by the time I got to sleep,  a perfectly normal night had started seeming pretty dismal.

Now, this morning, I am still in the same funk. I just finished making the sponge for the bread. Today may well be strike three with nothing near the first time’s success. I hate to even say it, but I’m pretty ready to give up, and go buy instant yeast if I want to make bread again.

I should really call George today at the farm if I want to work there, but after last night’s enthusiasm I am having second thoughts. First, because having a replacement on hand doesn’t really make up for agreeing to do a job for someone and then blowing them off. This applies just as well to my part time with Rhodes Group (as their graphic designer), which would be eclipsed by what I imagine are long farm hours while I still haven’t gotten most of the work done for them I promised. Secondly, and really more importantly then that, I just woke up this morning asking myself what I was doing, applying to a farm when I have no experience and am not even that good with people anyway. They’re bad excuses, but right now they feel pretty powerful.

I’m going to go exercise (well, my tiny attempt at a regimen, which I did Friday or Saturday and not since, and which Moi laughed at when she heard), and shower, so that I can work a little for Rhodes before lunch and tending the garden this afternoon. I think maybe working in a walk with T-bone somewhere will help a little. At least, I hope, it’ll help me sleep a little easier tonight.

Technology is Broken (and Bread)

May 31, 2007

Remember the promise of a paperless office? I’m not even twenty, but already it seems to far away.

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Garden Update (and Bread)

May 26, 2007

Well, as things are planted the garden continues to change, but it is approaching something like a final layout. I think.

We will be planting the following:

  • 50 carrots.
  • 50 pea plants.
  • 50 green bunching onions.
  • 32 salad bowl lettuce plants.
  • 18  green bean plants.
  • 6 fennel plants.
  • 4 grape tomato plants.
  • 1 beefsteak tomato plant.
  • 1 parsley plant.

All of this in one 4ftx8ft garden, quite to the amazement of Moi’s mother. If the square-foot gardening system works as it should, we will be swimming in vegetables in a few months. The way the peas are growing, I fear they may soon make a move to conquer Holland.

Also of note! My mom and I rang in the memorial day weekend baking. Fresh, warm-out-of-the-oven banana bread is a wonderful thing. We also started the, well, starter for a sourdough bread recipe from no-impact man. You can find the article here, and I highly recommend it. The starter seems to have a few bubbles, but it also seems to be way to soon for that, so who knows what is going on. Playing God by mixing flour and water, I was asking for trouble.

I’ll let people know about that as things happen.  Enjoy the memorial day weekend and don’t work too hard!