Saturday, February 11, 2012

in my kitchen

It's been a busy week in the kitchen here, trying some new things and remembering some old.

Here's a look at what I've been up to! This week, I:

:captured the elusive sun in a pitcher of tea


:experimented with ground up egg shells for the chickens (and found the grinding very therapeutic)


:made a stir fry with the last winter vegetables


:turned apples into applesauce for the baby girl


:peeked over to glimpse the ever-blossoming baby-doggie bonding


What's cookin' in your kitchen these days?

20 comments:

  1. Your sure have been busy, beautiful photos. Love your mortar and pestle.

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  2. I cooked up the last of the fall sugar pumpkins for my baby this week. ;)

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  3. oh the kitchen.... yes, cooking things up and forgetting that I wanted to blog (with photos) about that yummy cabbage slaw before it was gobbled up. And I wanted to blog about the new soup recipes that I've been trying out... and in the whirlwind of getting dinner on the table and everyone seated while it is still hot, well... and so it goes. :) thanks for sharing what's up in your kitchen. oh and on the chicken eggs.... i just throw them to our girls and they do a lot of the work themselves... but I might try your method just to spoil them a bit! :)

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    1. I know what you mean. I'm sometimes the annoying person who won't let anyone eat until I snap a picture ;)

      I was worried that if I didn't grind up the eggshells, the hens might develop a habit of pecking at their freshly laid eggs - good to know you've had success just giving them whole shells. Thanks for sharing that.

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  4. Wait... are you really making winter sun tea indoors? Why did I never think of this?

    I spent the day in the kitchen yesterday... made chicken stock, some sort of chicken & random veggies pasta dish (which I ate WAY too much of because it turned out really good), then made squash soup... had a bumper crop and we'll be eating squash until the proverbial cows come home... then rounded it out by making a batch of fudge from some bakers chocolate and condensed milk that I discovered when cleaning out the pantry. The fudge was a total disaster... WAY too sweet and didn't set up right, but mixed with peanut butter and spread on apples it made a wonderful dessert.

    BTW - I've been thinking of investing in a wok, but they all seem to have Teflon coating and, after reading "Slow Death by Rubber Duck" I have developed a deep and abiding fear of Teflon. Do you have one that's not non-stick, or are you just less paranoid than I am?

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    1. Wellll...I am a bit paranoid about Teflon (and perhaps should be more so with a wok, as everything's cooked at such a high temp). I've had this one for years, and I think I bought the "Eco-friendly cookware" kind that's PFOA free. However, I've seen stainless steel ones without any coating at the Asian markets, so that might be an option for you....

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    2. Thanks! I'll have to see what I can find. Of course, it's not like I actually have any idea how to use a wok, but somehow I think it might make my stir fry's (stir fries?) come out better!

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  5. I am on my third attempt at making my own sourdough starter.

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  6. The brewing tea makes a lovely picture, Jaime.

    I've been experimenting with baked goods containing vegetables...the gluten-free carrot cake was adored by most, but the zucchini chocolate cake was, um, not good.

    And that is a blessed baby, to have your homemade applesauce.

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  7. That is a lovely photo of your pitcher of tea, such a pretty colour and light shining through. My oldest daughter loves to bake so she made us all an apple tea cake for afternoon tea, topped with icecream and eaten while warm. I can't wait when she does home economics at school and brings home some more baking:) Have a wonderful week. x

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  8. This week was Chocolate Hazelnut Turnovers, Bison Chile with Black Beans and Corn and Honey Carmel Corn. Not sure what is one the menu today - will depend on if I can pull myself away from carding spinning batts. Love the pictures and hope baby girl got a big kiss from her loving companion.

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  9. Nothing to exciting this week. I made sweet potato fries for the munchkin and a rhubarb-blackberry sponge with the last of the frozen rhubarb. Oh. And I made my favorite Peanut Butter Bar Cookies which were scarfed up in a day.

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  10. Soup! Winter finally arrived and it's only warm things cookin' for us. That includes eggs because we have lots of eggs. I really like your method of crushing egg shells. After I dry mine I put them all in a paper bag and crush them to bits with my hands. Not so eloquent, but it does the trick.

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    1. Crushing them to bits by hand sounds very therapeutic, too ;)

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  11. Well, YUM, everyone! I love hearing about all the delicious food you're making :)

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  12. Love all your pictures, especially baby-doggie bonding!! :)
    Homemade applesauce is sooo much better than store bought!
    I made some pasta sauce using frozen tomatoes from last year's garden and even threw in some frozen zuchinni for extra veggies!

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  13. Busy weekend making toddler meals to add to the freezer, banana loaf and freezing a multitude of eggs!
    Love the pic of bub and puppy bonding....one of the twins now says our dogs name 'emmy'...so very cute!

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  14. So, in answer to your question of "what's cooking in my kitchen"....I made corn chowder from The Pioneer Woman's recipe. I did make a few changes and added a couple of diced potatoes to bulk it up some. Soup really taste good when it is freezing outside. Your photos are spectacular!

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  15. My grandfather, who was a passionate chicken breeder, used to throw the un-ground eggshells at them. You should have seen how much the chickens loved the shells!

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  16. Apparently taking eggshells and grinding them up is suppose to be a fantastic source of calcium and way better them most supplements that have calcium in them.

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