Everyone’s favorite four days of basketball is nearly over. My bracket is in tatters, so I’m moving on to bigger and better tournaments. The tournament of books is under way over at The Morning News, fug madness is in the air, and now Jezebel has lined up 16 pies and 16 cakes to take part in this extremely important competition. The winner of the cake bracket will face the prince of pies to be crowned the best, er, cake or pie.
I’m sorry peanut butter pie went out so early, but am pleased to report pound cake looks to pull off a small upset if it can pull out a win against angel food cake.
By far the most exciting feature of our blog stats is seeing what search terms people use to find themselves here on cheezcloth. It’s an extra-special glimpse into the collective psyche.
But often I feel sad for all the questions people have searched for and our blog was not able to answer. I’m sorry sir, I don’t know why there was a cheesecloth on your ham. Did you put it there, perhaps? And as for the foodophile who searched ‘handisnack phallus’, I sure hope you found what you were looking for.
Today we had two (two!) searches for: “does cool whip have condom lubricant in”.
I’m guessing no, but any chemists out there want to do a little analysis and get back to us?
…to our intrepid Canadian blogger! The cheezclothers toast your special day with a lime soda cocktail and cookies topped with cool whip roses.
Because it is your birthday. Photo courtesy of Flickr user benjibot
Battle of the Titans really – two such heavy weights of the culinary world. I only recently started looking at magazines on cooking but as I continue with my desperate attempts to learn how to cook, educating myself with the help of magazines seemed sensible.
I always jealously eyed up Olive at other peoples’ home it all looking more glam and glossy than BBC Good Food. But having finally spent the money on a few editions and comparing it to BBC Good Food my verdict is that for amateur cooks and someone who’s really only clamouring onto the bottom rung of the foodie ladder, Good Food is the winner. Olive is great for people who have experience and actually gladly read extensive features and articles. Whilst cooking dummies like yours truly really benefit from the straight forward recipes, lists and explanations in Good Food. And their 20th Birthday edition is especially recommendable – tons of recipes in there that beginners like myself can handle.
So, damsons, apparently not many people know them here. Us Swabians of course totally loving the good old damson, only we call it zwetschge (I had to google that, too)- mind you can probably just call it plum. Only it’s much smaller than a plum and more importantly I grew up with a damson tree. I loved that tree, the first one I learned to climb as it was just about the right height and not as sticky as a our cherry tree.
The Pfeil damson tree - ok so I used a ladder, not 12 anymore...
So, on a recent and rather sad trip home (saying good bye to child home and tree) I thought the time is right for one last climb and proper damson harvest. And I was rather proud of the result – probably the first fruits I plucked from anywhere that wasn’t a supermarket shelf in 12 years or so.
And it resulted in this, a stomach flu prevented me tasting it- which was a bit sad, but I was assured it was very yummy.
damson cake result
It’s a dough made of quark (the praises of which I have sung previously on this blog, it makes for a great cake base) and oil, covered with a bit of sugar and almonds and 30min later and easy damson cake. And one that my greataunt Hedy used to make with fruits from that very tree when I was little. A good way to say goodbye I thought.
When I was 10, I had index cards and a box. And one recipe.
Cards sans box. Photo by flickr user rocknroll guitar courtesty of a Creative Commons license.
Fast forward nearly two decades (eek!), and things are a wee bit more complicated. This blog is a great reminder of good recipes, but we haven’t been going long enough to be that much of a resource.
Which leaves me with my modest stack of well-thumbed cookbooks, and the rest of the internet. I’ve read some really complicated systems for managing recipes online, but I’ve found my Google Reader to be innovation enough for me. I just add a ‘recipe’ tag to anything that looks promising in my reader, and can import anything else I find online. However, I don’t actually cook from my computer, so I either have to print a recipe out or jot down some notes I can use in the kitchen. Which means I now have a stack of recipes stuck to my fridge, bookmarked recipes online, and books.
How to integrate? Do I go old school and print/copy recipes to put in a binder? That seems even more old lady than Anna’s grandma shopping cart, and I’m not sure I want to take that title from her.
What do the other cheeseclothers do? I’m hoping for inspiration in particular from hyper-organized, menu-planning Meatulewicz.
Yep, you read that right, I have discovered self-made yoghurt. And when I say self-made I don’t mean that I do magical things to milk, that would be a step to far for city girl-buy-everything-prepacked-in-plastic that I am.
When I mean self-made I mean that thanks to the kind people from EasiYo (ok, I admit, not best title but you can’t get everything right) I get a magical powder that only has healthy bacteria in it, mix it with a litre of cold water, keep it in my thermos-like white container for up to 12hours and voila, the perfect yoghurt achieved at last. Not too gloopy, not too watery. No additives and it still keeps for a week at least – and one pack makes 1kg of yoghurt.
Thanks you kind Kiwi-folk for thinking that one up!