Just made these sourdough discard brownies (I mean, inasmuch as I follow recipes at all). They're still cooling but look and smell promising: https://www.bakefromscratch.com/sourdough-discard-brownies/
Happy spring! I just weeded a garden bed so it's time for cleavers lemonade.
Pick young cleavers (Galium aparine, aka that sticky shit) and juice them by any available means. I chop them and put them into the blender with enough water to make it go, then strain through cheesecloth. Mix with lemon juice, sugar, and sparkling water to taste.
In addition to the lurid color, this has a kind of mown grass promise of summer flavor to it.
2 days to go on my #UseItUp experiment. Working from home means I can bake bread - this is the last of that buy nothing bread flour + the last of the hemp seeds, topped with canned herring in mustard sauce that I bought on a whim, and parsley from the garden.
I've ordered my grocery deliveries for the weekend (produce box + regular) and forcing some creative cooking has been good, but I'm really looking forward to not having to think as much about what I'm gonna eat.
The pumpkin rolls are disappointing though, they're a little undercooked and the fennel was a bad choice.
At least I used up two things making them (a smidge of semolina flour, and the dregs of a jar of molasses).
7 more days until my grocery #noBuy is over and I can bust out the candy.
I'm oscillating pretty rapidly now between "ooh there are still so many things I can make with what's left!" and "these pumpkin rolls are disappointing, where's my fucking chocolate".
Week 6 of my grocery #noBuy. Noodles with sesame oil, soy sauce, onion, garlic, dried shiitakes, canned sardines, overwintered kale, and foraged nettles from my neighbor. I feel like a genius tonight, the sardines really bring everything together.
We came in ~$200 below our average food bill this month, and $50 last month. And that does seem to be mainly reduced grocery costs & not just that I was better about packing lunch.
As mentioned on main, we blew this money on isolated terpenes & the botanical safety handbook. If March expenses stay below average (unclear what refill shopping's gonna cost) maybe that savings goes to the food bank.
In theory there are two weeks left on my grocery #NoBuy. I'm considering whether to cut it short to stock up for a potential coronavirus isolation period. We still have plenty of calories around, but we don't have as much easy food as I'd want for an illness. Maybe I'll just throw a couple cans of soup onto this week's staples.
Overall I'm super happy with how this has gone, I've cleared out a lot of random shit & there's more room in the pantry now. Think I'm gonna make it an annual tradition.
Update on these:
I thawed the birch catkins and they were flavorless. Like moistened sawdust pellets. I put them into a stir fry and they were fine, I guess they have some protein.
The corn syrup has been sneaking into puddings & breakfast cookies, I should use the last of it today.
I have used some of the cheez powder in soups but there is still a lot.
I'll make onigiri next week, but I expect to still have nori at the end of it.
I've known for a while that most of my favorite flavors are terpenes - piney, citrusy aromas. A few years back I got excited about trying to form opinions of individual molecules, but sourcing from Sigma-Aldrich was cost prohibitive and artificial flavoring companies were too secretive about their ingredients.
But now! A whole industry has sprung up to supply food grade isolated terpenes to marijuana-flavor vape juice makers.
β-caryophyllene for $15, what a time to be alive!
How to make pizza that looks like this:
1. Get a pizza stone. Put it in your COLD oven on a rack about 8 inches below the broiler.
2. Turn your oven as high as it will go—mine went up to 550 F. Let it heat for 30 min after coming to temp.
3. Coat a cutting board with flour. Assemble your unbaked pizza on it.
4. CAREFULLY slide the pizza from the cutting board to the pizza stone. This takes some practice.
5. Bake for 5 minutes, and then broil for 2 more, watching closely.
6. Remove pizza.
Grocery no-buy update
It's week 4 of my grocery #NoBuy and the pantry is only just starting to feel emptier. There's still plenty of food, but the cooking effort : excitement ratio is increasing. It's beans & greens time.
We've run out of enough stuff that I made the minimum order size for a grocery delivery. Cat litter and sodas, yay! I also decided that "fruit to grab and eat" counts as a staple so we're getting apples & bananas.
I like to grow food, and harvest food from the wild.
Toots may contain un-CW'd meat & booze.
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