Friday, August 29, 2008
I've recently been hearing about the "no-knead" method of bread baking and instantly became interested. The book that had me intriqued is the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I checked my library for the book but they didn't have it. Luckily our library is part of a book sharing system for our entire state. I ordered the book from another library and it arrived a couple of days ago.
I'm now a bread baker.
The "no-knead" method works by making a very wet dough that you let sit in your fridge for up to 2 weeks. Here is my dough after I'd taken some dough out for my first loaf. The batch makes 4 loaves.
You put the dough in the fridge in a lidded (but not sealed) container. Look at all the air bubbles in the dough. The bread will continue to make air bubbles that you don't want to knock out of the bread when you form it or it will be a very dense loaf.
My formed loaf resting/rising just before baking.
Can you smell it? It is starting to smell wonderful in my kitchen. The bread is baking on a pizza stone.
Here's the finished loaf. It baked just a tad too long. The crust was a bit dark but it still tasted great!
I've made another loaf the other day that we ate fresh from the oven. It was amazing bread. Next I'm gonna make an olive bread. That's on my "to do" list for today.
*update* The olive bread just came out of the oven and it smells wonderful. We'll be eating it with some great hummus.
Monday, August 25, 2008
We have been growing MONSTER sunflowers! My niece has her own little garden and sunflowers were on her "to grow" list. She planted about 6-7 sunflowers and they have grown HUGE. The largest one is about 9 ft tall. I don't know the measurement of the flower heads themselves. I'll have to find a tape measure and find out later.
Here is a comparison shot of me and my niece standing next to the flowers.
I think these will go on our "to grow" list every year. It was fun seeing how large they got. The flowers are actually getting a bit shorter as the seeds are beginning to form. The flower heads are getting heavy and pulling the flowers over. I'll take some more photos later on as the seeds develop more.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The crazy mommy bloggers over at MomDot blog, is hosting a contest to make the world a better place and to fight muffintop. Please come over and enter to win an amazing giveaway from Blush, where you can keep or pass along an awesome topless undershirt. They need 200 entries to get more shirts to give away, so come enter this worthwhile fashion cause. And while you are there, dont forget about the other awesome giveaways and new chat room. Oh, and Toni is crazy. Really, really crazy.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Here are a few close ups of the little seedlings.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I have always wanted one of these to stamp my books that I loan out. I've had fairly good luck when loaning books. I usually get them back. I would prefer a stamp over hand writing my name on my many books.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Make sure you stop by and check out the great list of books she's reviewed. You might even enter to win some books. Tami is having a Summer Things giveaway right now. It's at the end but don't worry you still have time to enter some of the giveaways and there is always future giveaways to look forward to.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The Rice Hull Gardens are from Potting Shed Creations. The pots are made from renewable grain husks, mostly rice hulls. They are 100% biodegradable, which can't be said about those plastic pots.
I received garlic chives, lemon basil, lavender, mint, parsley, and oregano. I do have to say that all of these herbs are ones we grow in the garden except for the mint. But I can never get these herbs in the winter unless we grow them inside or buy them from the store. This will be our first try growing herbs inside. With the cold winter that lasts forever, we have a small window for fresh herbs. The store bought packs are expensive and we never use it all which is a waste. I'm excited for fresh herbs all year long.
And in regards to mint, we can not find it in any of the stores around here. Which I find strange because there is a city here that grows gobs of the stuff. Where is it?
Inside you will find: seed packets (oh look, it's mint), a bag of soil, and directions. See that top? It's not really a top it's a saucer. Let's get planting.
I moistened the soil a bit and then had my niece scoop out some to save for the top. The saucer works well for this. The directions didn't tell us to put rocks in the bottom but I've always done this for irrigation. You can see a few in the pot if you look.
Next, we filled the pot with the rest of the soil.
Now for planting the seeds. Do you see how tiny the mint seeds are? Very small. I was surprised at how tiny they were.
Make sure you get them all in there.
A little spritz of water and were finished. I stored them all in the cardboard box the were shipped in and put them in the basement. They need a warm, dark place for sprouting. I just checked on them today and I saw a bit of sprouts from the garlic chives coming through the soil.
I'll try and post more pictures to let you see how they are coming along.
One herb they don't sell is thyme. Although I wish they would. I love that stuff.
Thank you Potting Shed Creations for the herbs.
*this is not a paid advertisement. Just my own opinion.