Wednesday
Sep152010

bread pudding

We like french toast but I do not like all the work that has to go with french toast.  And I actually like to eat at the same time as Russell so we can talk.  We like to talk.  We like each other even though we have been married almost ten years.  It is a good thing.

So we can eat together, we have bread pudding instead of french toast.  This is my throw down recipe:

Bread pudding

4 slices of bread, cubed

2 eggs

1/4 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup original hempmilk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

(or you can do 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla)

2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put the butter in a medium size casserole dish (or cast iron skillet like I do).  Put in the oven and let the butter melt.

Put the cubed bread, eggs, maple syrup, hempmilk, cinnamon, and ginger in a bowl.  Mix well.

 

It takes some mixing.  I even step away for a minute so the bread will soften up a bit.  

Pull the casserole dish out of the oven and pour this mixture in.

Bake for 30 minutes or until there are golden edges.   Eat straight out of the oven with your beloved with big mugs of tea.  That will make me smile.

Tuesday
Sep142010

tea

I will not say today was better then yesterday.  That would be a lie.  All I wanted to do was come home and have tea.

So I did.

Tea and brownies.  Which was actually supposed to be tea and cookies but the cookie dough was too soft to roll in powdered sugar.  And I have no patience.  The tea is lovely.  The brownies are fine but definitely need tweaking.  Or just tweaked enough to be made into cookies.  I think it may take more then a bit of tweaking!

Russell has been working on my workbench.

It is almost done and it is beautiful!  Right now he is putting on linseed wax.  Then bees wax.  It is truly gorgeous.

More tea for me!

Monday
Sep132010

mellow afghan

Today was a cruddy Monday.  I will never understand people and I am at the point I do not wish to.  I have been finding a lot of comfort working with these:

They are Fisherman Wool yarn from Lion's Brand.  I have been working on this afghan:

with them.  It is turning out surprisingly soft.  And I find, just like nine squares or spinning, it brings me a lot of peace to work on them.  Peace is a good thing.

Friday
Sep102010

flour tortillas

I have a tendency of making my own flour tortillas.  We buy them but when we run out I just pull out the supplies.  I also buy flour in twenty five pound bags and the ladies at the grocery store always ask if I am making tortillas.  Sometimes they are right!

Flour Tortillas

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons olive oil

2/3 cup water

(by the way, if you wish pie crust, switch the water and oil measurements - 2/3 cup olive oil and 6 tablespoons water.  It is how I remember the recipe)

Preheat a griddle over medium low heat.

In a bowl, mix the flour and salt together.  Add the olive oil and mix in.  Add the water and mix.  You will have a sticky messy dough.

Turn the dough out on a floured surface.  Scrape all the bits out of the bowl as well.  You are going to knead this a few times, like twelve.  So I pulled a random number but I am trying to say not much kneading is needed.

 

It should look like this when you are done kneading.

Divide the dough into eight balls.

Roll it out.  It will be about five to six inches across.  Mine are never round.

Place on the griddle and bake until brown spots appear.  Turn over and do the same to the other side.

Serve the yumminess with roasted sweet potato and three bean soup.  Or what ever you normally eat flour tortillas with.  They make fabulous wraps too!  Snacks, breakfast.... Okay, okay.  So I like homemade tortillas!  They make my tummy happy and me smile.  Life is good.

Thursday
Sep092010

vanilla frozen treat

I have been on the campaign to find something that tastes like vanilla ice cream.  My tummy and eggs are not always a happy duo.  I think this is a keeper

Vanilla Frozen Treat

1 cup hempmilk

1 cup soaked rawcashews and the water they are soaked in (to make a cup)

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

The night before, put your raw cashews in a jar and bowl and cover with twice as much water.  Let soak.

Measure out a cup and the water they were soaked in.  Blend in a blender.

Warm the hempmilk, sugar, and vanilla together in a pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.

 

Put the hempmilk mixture in the blender with the blended cashews.  Blend.  Freeze in a ice cream maker or put in a bowl in the freezer and stir every two hours over a four to six hour period. 

Let freeze.

It will freeze very hard.  Let it sit out about 15 minutes before trying to scoop.

This is so yummy!  I am thinking about trying to change it a bit.  Maybe add a little bit of vodka, champagne, or rum to make it softer.  Maybe leave out the soaking water.  More experimentation!  (evil laugh!)