Sunday, January 30, 2011

Everyday IPA

For Christmas I got Kyle a homebrew kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. We finally got around brewing today. The cool thing about the kit is that you brew one gallon, opposed to the typical five gallon. Not only does this make it a lot less scary, but we just cleared a little spot in cabinet for our beer to hang out for a couple of weeks. The whole process was pretty simple, the directions that came with the kit were very clear. But we have to wait four weeks to find out if our beer is any good!

An iced latte and an americano to get us going.



Used mash

Hops packets

At this point it sort of smelled like beer? Also, sort of smelled like animal feed and socks.

Let's hope this guy is nice and foamy in a couple of days!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bread Machine

For Christmas Kyle's Mom got us a bread maker. It is such an amazing appliance. Literally, all you have to do is measure out all your ingredients and dump them all in at once. Three hours later the apartment smells heavenly and you have fresh bread.

I have a problem meddling with recipes so some loaves have come out better than others. Several have tasted good, but were too short and dense. My favorite so far has been a whole-wheat-cinnamon-raisin-granola bread. Whew! Kyle's was quinoa-chive.

My grandpa is famous for making tons of bread and then giving out loaves all over town. When I was home last I wrote down his recipe for Lemon Bread. Seriously, it makes the best toast ever! I halved the recipe and threw everything in the bread machine. The recipe calls for milk, I used soy milk because that is what I had on hand.

This baby turned out to be huge.
I think it is twice as tall as all the other loaves we've made.

Albert's Lemon Bread

Preheat oven t0 350 degrees.
4 tablespoons yeast
1 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
7 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons lemon flavoring
1/4 cup melted butter

Mix together yeast, liquids, eggs, sugar, and salt. Add flour gradually, then lemon flavoring and butter. Knead until smooth. Let rise until double in size, poke down.
Make into 2-3 large loaves. Rise again and poke a few sets of holes (with a fork) in the top of the loaves. Bake at 350 degress for 30 minutes, until brown on top. (I brushed mine with melted butter half way through baking). OR get a bread machine and let it do all of the work.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Note to self

Sick-day Noodle Soup:
Saute shallots and mushrooms in oil.
Add carrots and celery.
Cover with water. Add bay leaf, parmesan rind, "not chicken" bouillon cube.
Snap quinoa spagetti into fourths, toast in dry pan. Boil until still very chewy.
Add noodles to soup once carrots have softened.
Remove bay leaf and rind.
Top with fresh black pepper, sea salt, and chives.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Phone Photos

I just got a new cell phone and dumped all my old photos onto the computer. I mostly take photos of my cats and meals that I eat by myself and feel like I need to share with someone. The photos are in reverse order and span about a year or more.

Butterscotch Pudding

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Bookmarks

Some new goodies that I've added to my bookmarks:

Confetti System These just make me want to throw a party!

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms I could see a huge platter of these and a baguette disappearing pretty fast.

Etsy's Taste Test I haven't bought anything yet but I can't stop clicking through the pretties. So much easier for me to get lost in Etsy now.

Butterscotch Pudding Recipe Somehow I don't have cornstarch and it is driving me crazy.

Wedding Photography

I've been obsessively browsing weddings online and have found a lot of dorky wedding photos (I'm looking at you, mustaches on a stick). Here are some photos from really adorable weddings. So charming!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The first batch of homemade pasta

This was so exciting for me. I was literally jumping up and down the in process. More to come!