in the kitchen
December 15, 2019
It's been really busy here around the homestead. Jim's been working outside doing odds and ends, getting rid of the burn pile that has grown over the year. It's always good to burn it before it gets too big and the fire ends up being too huge. Stacking wood by the sugaring area for when it's sugaring time, we definitely don't want to be low on wood when we're boiling sap.
I stayed in and did some prep work for a recipe I wanted to make this week. I had to go to town to get a couple of the ingredients that I didn't have on hand, one being chili sauce. Now, I'm a label reader and if it has high fructose corn syrup in it I won't buy it. Well the two chili sauces that they carried both had it in them...ugh! I just couldn't pull the trigger to buy either of them. So, I pulled out my phone and looked up homemade chili sauce and I found a recipe for a maple chili BBQ sauce, okay I could work with that. When I got home I made the sauce and made another one that is actually chili sauce, and they both are delicious. Instead of vinegar I used apple cider vinegar. I just may end up using them both in the recipe I'm making.
A few days ago I started 3 sourdough starts. I'm actually experimenting with starting them with different flours, all purpose flour, our fresh ground flour and I did two yogurt and buttermilk starts with all purpose and fresh ground, just to see how each of them do. It looks like a science lab in my kitchen right now :)
Here I am ready to do the first feeding on one of them. I mixed 1/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/4 cup fresh ground whole wheat flour together and added that with 1/2 cup room temperature water to my sourdough starter, covered it up and put it back to do it's work for another 12 hours, which then I will feed it again.
See the beautiful action that is going on here? You can also see where the starter had risen at one point then fell back down.
Here are my two yogurt/buttermilk starters, not much action going on with them, they take a bit longer to get going I'm told.
We woke up to 0° here in Southwest Wisconsin this morning, hubby says it's cold out but no breeze of any kind so he says it's quite beautiful out. I'll just believe him and stay in my nice cozy log home with the fire burning in the wood stove :)