Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Posted by Aimee at 7:19 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Here's a fun list I picked up over at Farmer’s Daughter, which is a very cool blog tat you ought to check out. I don't know where she got it from (does that cover appropriate attribution?)
1. Venison- nope, although I have eaten moose and elk (I liked moose best)
2. Nettle tea (keep meaning to)
3. Huevos Rancheros - but of course. I make a mean version, if I do say so myself.
4. Steak Tartare - not yet.
5. Crocodile - well, I assume alligator counts. Yes, on a childhood trip to deepest Florida. Fried.
6. Black pudding - nope
7. Cheese fondue - are you kidding me? I adore fondue, one of my top ten meals for company.
8. Carp - not sure
9. Borscht - yes-indeedy-do. Make a good one, vegetarian or beefy, as you please.
10. Baba Ganoush - yup, another favorite of me and my kids. Recipe:
one fat eggplant, pricked with a fork and roasted at $25 until collapsed. Peel and blend, along with: 2 cloves garlic, one big spoonful tahini, several tablespoons best quality olive oil, and juice of two lemons, plus salt and pepper. Blend until smooth: serve with crackers.
11. Calamari - several ways
12. Pho - duh got my favorite place just like everybody else. Yoohoo Pho Lai in Bellingham!!!
13. PB&J sandwich - what is wrong with you people?
14. Aloo gobi - okay, not totally sure what this is, but I'd bet ten bucks I've eaten it.
15. Hot dog from a street cart - in many cities, yes.
16. Epoisses - this is the first stumper
17. Black truffle - yes and yum
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - apple, made by my dear friend Sofie. Made any lately, hon?
19. Steamed pork buns - they're called Char Siu Bao, people!!!
20. Pistachio ice cream - yes, I like it
21. Heirloom tomatoes - not as many as I intend to
22. Fresh wild berries- I live in the blackberry capitol of the world, not even counting huckleberries, cloudberries, salmonberries, and thimbleberries
23. Foie gras - no.
24. Rice and beans- from three continents. Moros y cristianos is probably my favorite, from Cuba
25. Brawn, or head cheese - nope
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper- wish I hadn't
27. Dulce de leche - make my own, from my own goat's milk
28. Oysters- once again, I live in prime oyster country, and I should eat ten times what I do eat. Adore them.
29. Baklava - oh my god shut up
30. Bagna cauda - yes, and if you don't like anchovies, you're a pussy
31. Wasabi peas - luch bag staple
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl- Hello! Land of Ivar's over here
33. Salted lassi - once. prefer mango
34. Sauerkraut - I am a suerkraut maniac. I'm making my own this fall.
35. Root beer float - don't care for root beer, but a coke float is good.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - this brings back bad memories.
37. Clotted cream tea - probably shouldn't have, but did. Oh my thighs!
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - never. I didn't pledge.
39. Gumbo - I make a rockin' gumbo, and it's about time. Thanks for reminding me.
40. Oxtail - yes
41. goat - several times, in various incarnations from barbecues on a street corner in Mazatlan to stewed in a garbage can in Yakima. I LIKE GOAT. Which is lucky for me.
42. Whole insects - grasshoppers in Oaxaca
43. Phaal - hmmm....?
44. Goat’s milk- raised on it
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - don't think so... what's the conversion rate?
46. Fugu - no
47. Chicken tikka masala - duh
48. Eel -= can you say "unagI?"
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut- One of those things I wish I hadn't
50. Sea urchin - yes, and can't say it rocked my world
51. Prickly pear "nopal," people. It makes great ice cream.
52. Umeboshi - HATE it
53. Abalone nope, but I found one on the beach
54. Paneer -once a week or so
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal- Do I have to admit it? Oh okay
56. Spaetzle - not the real thing
57. Dirty gin martini - I prefer voldka
58. Beer above 8% ABV - yes, I live in the Pacific northwest
59. Poutine - that's disgusting
60. Carob chips -in another incarnation
61. S’mores- I have a thing against marshmallows
62. Sweetbreads - no, but they're on my list
63. Kaolin - WTF?
64. Currywurst - are you trying to make me sick?
65. Durian I HAVE smelled it. That was enough.
66. Frogs’ legs no indeed. Frogs are a declining species.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - what sad derived child has not?
68. Haggis - URK
69. Fried plantain - I love 'em
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - it was a mistake
71. Gazpacho - many kinds
72. Caviar and blini - caviar yes but not blini
73. Louche absinthe - once
74. Gjetost, or brunost - huh?
75. Roadkill - no, no matter what my sister says
76. Baijiu ???
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - oh god damn it, yes, okay?
78. Snail - i don't think so
79. Lapsang souchong - only smelled it. but I like the smell.
80. Bellini - I don't know what this is
81. Tom yum - please. I prefer Tom Kah.
82. Eggs Benedict - not anymore. I quit
83. Pocky - yes.
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant- it's on my list
85. Kobe beef - not to my knowledge. I eat grass fed from the field across the street.
86. Hare - wild rabbit caught by my dog. does that count?
87. Goulash - I tried to make it once... wasn't impressed. Maybe it's better if you have a Hungarian grandmother.
89. Horse - don't think so.
90. Criollo chocolate - what's this? If it's chocolate I've probably eaten it
91. Spam - to my eternal shame.
92. Soft shell crab- Only watched my mom eat it, and it creeped me out
93. harissa - well of course
94. Catfish - ditto
95. Mole poblano - in Puebla, no less
96. Bagel and lox -yes but I don't like lox
97. Lobster Thermidor - I don;t know, but I've eaten my share of lobster. If anyone ever can. I think my share is bigger. MORE
98. Polenta - yes, it's a cheap and easy staple
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - no. My palate isn't that rarified.
Posted by Aimee at 6:06 PM
First, this beautiful image of Mt. Baker at sunset the night before last. I never get tired of it. It's going to be so awful after the 7,500 square foot McMansion goes in next door. *sigh.* Guess I'll plant trees: I may not be able to see this inspiring sight anymore, but at least I don't have to see an ugly and gargantuan waste of resources, portrait of everything wrong with life in America in the 21st century and an affront to all that is good and decent.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Six new chicks this morning. That's the last of them, I'm pretty sure. Pictures to follow - they are all black and yellow speckled, really cute.
Posted by Aimee at 11:57 AM
More people came over to cider yesterday afternoon. They were a very sweet couple originally from New York with six or seven big tote bags full of beautiful apples. Almost too beautiful to press, except what else can you do with 500 apples? I think they were gravensteins. They made a very clear, sweet cider, and lots of it. About seven gallons, and the couple wouldn't take more than two. They also left me the thirty or apples that were left over from the last barrel. I think I'll make a pie this evening.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Well it appears that two female chickens can partner up and both be mommies to the same brood. It's been a few days, and both hens are still in full-on mother hen mode. The babies have not yet exhibited any preference for one hen over the other and will run under whichever one is closest to them. Both hens spread their wings and shelter the babies; both hens do the special "food cluck" to tell the chicks where the grain is; and both hens will try to attack me when I get too close.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I couldn't resist this beautiful web. My favorite spider-time is in the spring, when all these babies will hatch and go floating off into the breeze in tiny clouds.
Monday, September 21, 2009
What a great day I had yesterday. Two of my friends came over with their husbands, kids, and boxes of apples and pears to make cider.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Still only the same three chicks. The two hens have abandoned the nests now, so there won't be any more. I'm afraid I may have committed an error in moving two hens and two nests into the mama barn: although I gave each hen a live chick and put their nests as far apart as possible, now both hens are trying to cover all three chicks. The chicks don't seem to have a preference at this point but I assume they will soon imprint on one or the other, and then what?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Yesterday my sister and I went to pick up our side of beef. We bought one together from my neighbor across the street and split it between us, just as we did last year. Last year's quarter lasted my family just about exactly a year and it was the best beef I think I've ever tasted. Grass fed right up until the knacker-man's van arrives in the field. About as local as it gets, too, seeing as how I can see the cows grazing from my kitchen window. Didn't somebody say "eat your view?" Well, I took it heart.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Pressed fifteen gallons of cider yesterday. A guy came with a pickup truck half full of gorgeous honeycrisps. I only kept four gallons, because I ran out of containers and because the guy is a serious homebrewer and offered to make up the difference in wine. Um, yes please!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Apple cider time. We pressed our first batch of cider yesterday, and as usual, it kicked my butt. My knees and hips and ankles ache like murder. I always forget just what hard work it is to press cider - and I don't even pick the apples!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I made a new type of cheese today. Black Pepper-Rosemary Queso Fresco. It's good. It's really, really good. That brings to four the kinds of cheese I can make (well okay, really it's flavors, not kinds so much:
Monday, September 7, 2009
These aren't our pears. I mean, they didn't come off of our antique pear tree, which inexplicably produced only about a dozen pears this year, instead of the hundreds it popped out with last year. These are the pastor's pears which I picked from the pear tree in the parsonage (say thatten times fast.). She said to take as many pears as I wanted, so I did. The container they are in is a half-barrel, so you can see that's a lot of pears.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
My husband has made a great Craigslist find. He had to drive 500 miles round trip to pick it up, but he got a nearly new, totally complete oil burning furnace for $200. One that is fully capable of heating our entire house, and doing it on waste veggie oil (hereinafter WVO), with a few small modifications.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I haven't really taken any time off "work," of course - a homemaker with a farm and three kids during the first week of school? Take time off? Ha ha ha ha ha ha don't make me cry.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
It rained today. Not a measurable amount; in fact an infinitesimal amount. It rained here and there, for a few minutes. At our place it drizzled lightly for about twenty minutes; just enough to settle the dust and get the grass wet. I wish it had rained harder and longer. However, with the tiny amount of rain came heavy cloud cover and a stiff breeze. The temperature dropped fifteen degrees. All the trees turned their leaves up-side down, and all the animals kicked up their heels and ran in circles and made a lot of noise. Everyone could feel the change in the air.