I have been cultivating a sourdough starter for the past week. I am following King Arthur Flour’s method (found here) that begins with setting out some whole wheat flour and water for 24 hours, and eventually leads to feeding 4oz of starter 4oz of water and 4oz of flour. The process seems easy enough, but… Continue reading Early April Kitchen Notes
Tuesday we ate fish sticks and salad for dinner with homemade dressing. Afterward, the children perched over the table as I gathered ingredients to make strawberry crumble. We followed the recipe from the illustrated children’s cookbook Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala. Piper sliced through two boxes worth of local strawberries, and Rowan… Continue reading Strawberry crumble and cinnamon roll dreams.
The window in front of my writing nook has opened with a bit of effort on my part. We are renting a house that is nearly a hundred years old, and over the years people have painted the windows so often that some of them are sealed shut. Luckily for me, this one opens to… Continue reading Looking out an open window
This morning I took Rowan out to splash in rain puddles with his first pair of rain boots. He learned the sign for shoes as we were putting them on his feet. We took some corn with us down to the lake to feed the ducks. First we fed the Muscovys, then a group of… Continue reading Rainy day reflections
With one perfectly ripe little avocado, two sweet Campari tomatoes, and a can of chickpeas, we enjoyed ourselves a lazy hands-on lunch. Two other must have ingredients for a delicious Bruschetta spread are quality bread, of course, and lots of fruity olive oil for drizzling. I baked two fresh loaves early in the morning, and though… Continue reading Nigella’s Breakfast Bruschetta
Outside, the scent of Jasmine lingers around our doorway, emanating from the vine that creeps up and around the ironwork just in front of our house. The orchid by the steps now sports three flowers. All of our hibiscus bushes are in bloom. Otherworldly dragonflies glide through the air as the sun casts its light on their iridescent bodies and paper-thin… Continue reading Spring as we see it.