Posts Tagged ‘Ideas’

Alright so I know that this blog isn’t about my cooking adventures. Who cares, its mine and I’ll write what I want. Haha.

This morning I got up and was rather  motivated.  So I didnt really want to do any heavy baking because its still pretty close to 100 degrees during the day here, but its been nice enough that we’ve turned the AC off and turned the swamp cooler on.

So I made Irish Soda Bread. I baked it to. It is pretty good, tastes kind of like rye bread, only with raisins and oatmeal here and there. Also its a little more like a beefy giant biscuit than a loaf of bread. Still I like it, and I bet it would be super duper awesome with Shepard’s Pie or something like that. Warm and hearty.

I also made 6 different kinds of cookies. I didn’t bake any of them though.

I made:

  • almond poppy seed
  • oatmeal raisin
  • chocolate chip
  • Brownie cookies
  • sugar
  • chamomile/lavender with almond slivers (from a base of sugar cookie dough.)

I made them. I moved each btch into mixing bowls covered them and put them in the fridge. Once they were totally cooled, I spooned them out (I’m not done with the process) onto wax paper on a cookie sheet and put the cookie sheet in the freezer. I have a deep freezer so I just set it on top. I am sure that you could find trays of varying sizes to fit in whatever type frezer you have.

Then once they are frozen solid, I take them out, put them in a vacuum seal bag with a layer of wax paper between the stacks and then I vacuum seal them and place back in the freezer. I recommend marking the bags with the date and type of cookies before taking them out of the freezer, the reason I recommend this is because, your probably much better off having  the cookies stay as chilled as possible during the vacuum and trip back to the freezer. Its okay to take a day or three on this step to let them all freeze fully so there aren’t any squishy messes.

Once I was wrapping the cookie dough adventure, I made tuna salad with boiled eggs, I actually made 2 dozen boiled eggs but I only put about 7 or  in the tuna salad.  (which yeah is about 1/3 of the salad) We’ve been having a lot of salad lately, trying to be more healthy while we can be, and D likes boiled eggs a lot. Well, I do to, probably not as much as him though, but I like making things that he enjoys.

So the tuna salad with mixed greens was lunch and I made brats, zucchini and onions saute’d, and I made friend potatoes I bought the potatoes like 2 weeks ago and I was afraid with how humid its been that they would go bad soon if I didn’t use them. Also, I got a new deep fat fryer, and it was about time I tried it out.

I want to point out here, that I am not much of a deep fried foods kind of person, I don’t do it often but when I do, (tempura battered veggies, or chicken wings) Its pretty cool to have a decent fryer around. Its not something that I NEED but it is something that makes life easier.

That’s pretty much my day of cooking. This kept me in the kitchen almost the entire day, either making, cooking, freezing, or cleaning, I finally finished cleaning the fryer out and putting it back in the box and on the shelf above the cabinets about 30 minutes ago.

Because of the work that D does, there are a lot of his customers who store food, know about storing food, wish they were storing food, or atleast understand storing food.

D’s work is from home. His workshop is partially in the garage and partially in the basement. So if he wants to show someone something or they are hanging out while D works on their stuff they go down to the basement which is where my food strage space is. Its not hiding away. Where we live and what my D does means that we dont worry what people see, since most people already know what they should be doing. Also the ones who would be welcome here if the SHTF already know that they would be welcome, just bring your gear along with them.

Anyhow my point was that 2 of his associate/ customers have given me some really amazing tips in the last few days. The alarm system guy who did the alarm/camera system in our house had a chat with me about seeding in Arizona. I was talking about how I wanted to purchase a collection of seeds from http://www.arkinstitut.com and he said that he had actually, not only done that but planted a lot of them but, because we are in arizona it is not the best place to grow all of the vegtables but there are a bunch of amazing veggies that grow really well here that they don’t offer here. So J mentioned another website that I should look at……http://www.rareseeds.com.  I haven’t checked it out yet but I have a lot of faith in it. Also its made me think a lot about looking for a book about gardening specifically in Arizona. I think that might be a good idea for any state you live in, when I buy it, I will let you know what book I find, and if I find any useful information. He also mentioned a local Arizona norsery called Baker Creek nursery for seedlings and seeds. I gotta check them out too.

Also I was talking to another friend/customer of my man’s today and he mentioned Honeyville Farms, He said it was near the 10 east of the 10 actually, he said that it was on Chandler… (note to self more than anything***) He said it was a place like a mormon store house for food storage but more stuff and although a bit more expensive it really was reasonably priced and ALOT in number 10 cans.

So that had nothing to do with my actual post but I honestly think that these insights from locals AND people who have some experience means a lot.

Because of a recent death in our family, I havent been able to even try out my bread maker let alone experiment with it. :/….. But today I prepared a bunch of potatos for dehydrating and then I started in on the bread. my first loaf of a basic white french loaf. I thought it was lacking a little in the salt department even though I actually followed the recipe to a T…. But with a little butter on the warm bread it was amazing, my kids all had some, D’s dad had some, so did our roommate and they all liked it a lot.

I am now baking another loaf “basic white” I would have started with that but I didnt have any “Open” dry milk, I didnt really want to break out a 5 gallon bucket for bread…. not for this. So D’s father picked some up for me at the store and that is actually running right now. Tomorrow morning I am going to make some cinnomon raison swirl bread and we will go from there. I really wanted to try some basics before I stepped into experimentation. I purchased a book on bread machine recipes and I will expound upon different recipes once I have tried the basics and try newer different things from there.

I am rambling. But I really am excited about this step and am glad i have finally had the opportunity to make a few loafs of bread in my new bread maker! YAY!