Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I decided to fix one of the turkeys Patient Husband bought at Thanksgiving, slice it up and have breads and spreads for sandwiches. Definitely something different.
How about brining? This was the perfect chance to do something I've never done to a piece of meat. The neighbors could be my testers.
I was a bit afraid of it so chose a recipe that looked innocent enough and didn't ask for 24 hours of soaking - oops - brining. Salt, I threw in a handful of brown sugar, bottle of white wine, water, oranges, rosemary. All good things.
I know, I know, it's supposed to completely cover the meat. But remember, I was a little afraid of having to run out to the deli at the last minute.
I decided to turn the bird breast side down so the white meat was the part soaking really well. This recipe called for 5 hours of brining. I could do that. Sure smelled good. A really good tip one of the recipes noted was the use of one of those oven turkey bags to put the bird in. That way you didn't have to go to the hardware store and buy a multi-gallon bucket or clean out the meat drawer in the fridge. Put it in the bag, submerge the bird, put the bag in the fridge drawer. I was afraid of leakage so I put it in a pan first. Lots of fears going on here.
Beauty on a plate! It sure smelled good. Turkey always smells good. There should be a scented candle called "Turkey in the oven for 3 hours."
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Snappyfriends wants to see some feathers.
I have feathers.
I live in a display case in a library in a school. One evening I was a little careless and dove to catch a rabbit but was hit by a car. Someone stopped to pick me up but it was too late to save me. I've been stuffed and preserved and I look real enough still. The children in this school love to look at me. They think I'm alive. The woman who works in this room tells the children that I used to be alive but not anymore. And to look both ways before they cross the street.
Monday, March 14, 2011
This is gorgeous. It's for a table but I don't know...with the infrequency of my dusting, I should maybe find someplace safer for it! Elke included a quilt pin from the German Patchwork Guild. And that beautiful colorful piece underneath? It's a piece of wrapping paper that will never grace a package. It's so pretty I'll frame it.
It's maple syrup time. Warming days and cold nights get the sap moving. This tree is in my daughter's yard and I spent the night there Friday so I could see their operation first hand. That's a five gallon bucket hanging on the tree.....
You can almost just see the drop at the tip of the spigot - it was flowing quite steadily, like an annoying leaky faucet.
First thing in the morning they sloshed out to the soggy, wet, thawing yard to pour the sap (which is loose as water and tastes like it, too) into the cook pot. Notice Colin's bare feet. It was a cold, wet, sloshy ground he was standing on. The bucket was full and heavy so he helped pour because there's a cheese cloth over a strainer catching tree bits.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Snappyfriends this week is asking for shoes. I thought about this for a bit, looking at the kids' shoes at school, I considered E.'s or A.'s little maryjanes, I looked at my clogs. Nothing grabbed my attention until today. I walked past a shoe repair as I was leaving a bookstore and there they were! All these patients in a shoe hospital waiting to be fixed or taken home.