Monday, April 15, 2013

Outside, After a Rain

One day, after a hard rain, we came outside to dig, build, weed, and play in the spring garden.

Cherry blossom snow

C building a lean-to with sticks


Beautiful blossoms on the chocolate vine

Hello, little cat!
(This was meant to illustrate the lovely little leaf emerging from our baby fig tree, but our cat also wanted to be in the photo. Behind her is our new Aronia bush, with blueberry bush against the wall of the garage. Can't wait for fruit season!)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Injera

Last summer, I introduced you to Doughy, our wild yeast sourdough culture. Doughy, who lives in a quart jar in our fridge, has been doing great and making us many fine loaves of bread. Recently I've discovered another great way to use Doughy... making injera bread!

Alanna and I first tried Ethiopian food nearly 10 years ago. For me, it was love at first bite. I especially enjoyed the spongy, sour flatbread called injera. I tried a couple times to make it at home, but it was never as good as the injera available at an Ethiopian restaurant--until Sandor Ellix Katz's amazing book, Wild Fermentation, came to my rescue.


To make injera,
  • Mix a cup of sourdough culture with 2.5 cups water, 1 cup teff flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. 
  • Cover it with a cloth and let it ferment on the counter for ~24 hours. 
  • The next day it will look bubbly, yeasty and smell delightfully sour. 
  • Right before cooking time, whisk in a half teaspoon of salt and two tablespoon of white flour. This extra bit of flour makes the yeasts very happy and will make your finished injera more sour and bubbly.


To cook, pour the batter in to a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Swirl it around "crepe-style" to cover the pan and form a thin cake. Cover the pan and wait for about 3 minutes. That's it. Remove the injera, wrap it in a cloth and start cooking the next one. There is no need to flip injera. 


Delicious!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter

For the first time, C&D enjoyed their Easter egg hunt in the sun. No rain jackets required this year!

  
C's attire of choice was her brand-new bathing suit (augmented with tights and sweater).

D raced through the yard, eager to keep up, but he didn't find quite as many eggs as his sister.

That didn't stop him from enjoying his spoils. As soon as the chocolate Easter egg was discovered, it was rapidly devoured.

Later, we enjoyed Easter dinner, followed by ice cream, outside on the back deck with friends--the perfect way to end a sunny Easter Sunday.