Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween !



Saturday Baking

Looks like I'm getting into this baking thang....I made a couple more Parmesan Oregano loaves, a bunch of Onion & Herb Buns, and a ton of soft chocolate chip cookie dough...
I think I may take an artisan baking class at SAIT along with a couple others...
Hmmm....maybe this could be a calling ? Will I be setting up shop in one the Calgary Farmers Markets ? Hmmmmm

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Upcoming

Just a few upcoming things that'll be happening around He-uh


  • Pumpkin carving tonight and this weekend (I may try to gt fancy on one vs the traditional face)

  • More bread making....bring on the carbs !

  • Halloween ! Nuff said

  • New Orleans....oh ya, Hurricanes and Cajun food !

much more on our way to the end of 2011......

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Makin Bread !





I took my first crack at making bread today. I decided to make Parmesan Oregano Bread. I found a simple recipe and went with it.

Ingredients
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1.Sprinkle yeast over water in large bowl. Let stand a few minutes, then stir and dissolve yeast. Add sugar and let the mixture get nice and foamy. Then add salt, butter, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, oregano and 3 cups of the flour. Beat at slow speed for 2 minutes. Beat in rest of flour; cover the bowl with a sheet of wax paper and a kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place 45 minutes, or until doubled in volume.
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one round, 2-quart casserole. Set aside.
3.Stir batter down for 1/2 a minute. Turn dough into casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
4.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 minutes.

It worked out quite nice. I'll give this a try again once gone then try a more healthy bread with whole wheat flour.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Headin' home

Just finished up outside of Ottawa...Thurso (pronounced Tur-zo) to be exact. I stayed in Rockland (of course i did....isn't that a Kim Mitchell tune ?) which is right across the river. Each morning I'd shake my arse outta bed at 6ish and take the ferry to Quebec to be on site by 7ish (very ish on the second day ).

Started out slow but ended with a big finish...now heading home.

Didn't see too much out here other than country side since it's been raining (and I'm too lazy to get outta the car and walk...in the rain). It's a nice quiet area..lots of trees turning shades of red and yellow.

I should have a much more interesting road trip report in 2 weeks.

time to find some din din....S'barro ? mmmmmmmm