Category Archives: The Kitchen

chickens

The unofficial end of summer

I’ll be making the last ice cream of the year this weekend – a repeat of the amazing blackberry from a few weeks ago. Fresh Himalayan blackberries from the field, eggs from the hens and lots of love stirred in. Ice cream tastes different when you know the name of the chicken that laid the egg. The chickens are positively blossoming – Maisy is over her bout of adolescent broodiness and Cleopatra deigned finally, to add a blue egg to the mix, nicely contrasting with…

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cherries

The first year

The first year of Short Meadow as a house, a project, and a way of life is officially complete. A lot got done and a lot didn’t!  Some projects, like the raised garden beds have informed on new projects – it’s simply too windy here and a hoop greenhouse is going to be required for any real vegetable production.  There is an unbounded lack of constraint that is perhaps even more challenging than trying to garden a city lot. How do you plant a windbreak…

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Dutch Baby on a plate

Dutch Baby Recipe

Nothing adds a little sparkle to a mid-winter weekend like a perfect Dutch Baby (or pannekoeken) with fresh lemon and lots of really good coffee. For one* perfect Dutch Baby: Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit Whisk together: 2 eggs 1/2 c milk (or almond milk) pinch of salt 1/2 cup flour Place a pie plate or 9″ cake pan in the oven to heat – give it a few minutes Place 1 tbls butter in the pan in the oven – let it…

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Favorite Italian Bread Recipe

There’s no getting around that January is pretty deary for most of the northern hemisphere. A hunk of really good bread, crunchy crust and chewy inside, with some amazing soup goes a long way to perk a body up. And did I mention it was easy? Italian Bread – this is best done by hand without a mixer and there is no kneading required! 3 cups warm water (you should be able to stick your finger in it without yelping) 3 teaspoons yeast 3 teaspoons…

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Snow over meadow

A Festive Weekend

It snowed this weekend. Beautifully soft, it decorated the evergreens just enough to highlight the branches. Ella and I declared a snow day – she snorfled with her jingle bell collar on and chased balls in the yard while I settled in on the couch to do ahem… ‘research’ with a silly romance novel involving hot were-dragons. If the kids can have a day off school on a weekday then surely adults deserve a day free from (most) chores when it snows on the weekend!…

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