Monday, July 26, 2010

Catching up and saying thanks

Bit of a catch up post today. I've been a busy with work and generally trying not to spend too much time on the computer.

To my surprise I have been given a blog award for a blog with substance. Fancy, little old me with my brand new blog, I'm blushing as I type.

I have to fess up, this is the second time someone has given me this award. Being the shy and and easily embarrassed person that I am, I didn't follow up the first time (sorry Kimberly). So now I'll make this a double thank you.
I'm not sure that I'll be able to meet all the requirements to receive this award but I'll try.
  • Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation and experience using 10 words -: Small steps to a simpler life, learning, creating and sharing.
  • Pass this award on to ten other blogs you feel have real substance -: OK this is where I'm going to pike out. The blogs on my side bar are all worthy of this award, please drop by and have a peak at their blogs.
Bit of a bread disaster yesterday, I tried making rye bread following Rhonda's great tutorial. Oh boy what a disaster it turned out to be, the only thing I did differently was to add a bit of gluten flour to the mix. I wouldn't have thought that would have made such a big difference. Anyway I'll keep trying, next time I'll make it by hand and use much less water.

After the earlier disaster, I decided to make some cornbread to have with the vegetable soup I was making for dinner. Thank goodness that turned out and tasted lovely.

Tastes great the next day too, spread with my chewy orange marmalade!

Next was some roasted pumpkin seeds, very moorish I must say and a great use of an otherwise discarded food item. Unless you are saving seeds or feeding them to the animals (great for expelling worms), whoops, sorry this is a food post :/

I found the idea and recipe here at the Greening of Gavin. I added pepper and a sprinkle of cumin to the mix. I forgot they were in the oven, so I guess they cooked for about 25 - 30 mins.

And last but not least my cooking experiment. Yesterday I spent way too much time looking at my Dad and Nana's collection of recipes, six books in total, mostly hand written or cut out from the paper, hundreds of recipes.
A recipe for Grandma Anderson's Lemon Yeast kept popping up in all the books, so I thought I'd give it a try. Hmmm looks interesting, according to the recipe it should be ready for use tonight. I'll keep you posted.

Hope you have a lovely day


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your award. Your blog is a delight.
Bread disasters - we all have them. I love roasted pumpkin seeds. I can't wait for fall.

Wendy said...

When I made that rye recipe it was a oopsie for me, I read it wrong and it sounded like it had like 3 cups of water, which I aded! I managed to rescue it but its in the freezer and hasnt been tasted yet..
Whats lemon yeast for? I am really interested in that..

Lisa said...

Thanks Mel, how sweet of you to say that.

Wendy, good on you for saving the bread, I just gave up in the end, such a waste.

The lemon yeast is to use in bread, I'm not sure it will work as its been a bit cold here so not much fermentation going on.

LittlePuffin said... I found this on lemon yeast....same recipe?

Lisa said...

Hi LittlePuffin
From memory I used lemon juice flour and water. The one in the link sounds similar to a potato sourdough starter.
Thanks for the link :)