Sunday, March 29, 2009

Busy non-knitting weekend

I'm sorry I didn't post last week. Somehow the weekend came and went and I never wrote anything. I have been knitting a little but nothing that I can show you. So I am going to regale you with photos of my baking this weekend.

Additionally, before I start, let me tell you about the wonders of ice. I have been having a lot of problems with my arms, especially my right due to computer usage. I am now icing everything every night and it cuts the pain amazingly well. Of course, I feel like an idiot sitting around wrapped in ice packs. I'm sure I will be enjoying this once the temperatures hit 90 F but for now, it isn't all that pleasant.

Yesterday, we had a gorgeous spring day so I cleaned up my yard. I pulled out the annuals from last year, got rid of the peony stems and set up the supports for this year and pruned the roses and the butterfly bush. It is almost time to plant pansies. I usually do that the second week in April.

Anyway, here are the delights from my oven for your drooling pleasure. The first is a babka that I made in the shape of a Kranz cake. I couldn't find a description of this as the site I got it from has been deleted. But here is my version. It is filled with chocolate.
Next I made a dozen blueberry muffins. I joined a winter CSA, called Winter Sun Farms, this year. I received blueberries in a number of the shares. Organic blueberries. I wanted to do something special with them - not just put them in my cereal. So I made muffins from scratch. They are very good. Not too sweet but moist with a crunchy top.
Lastly, I made two loaves of a cheese and onion sourdough bread. I guess you could call it a Quattro Formaggio as I threw in leftovers of cheese I had - a little mozzarella, a little cheddar, some Parmegianno Regggiano and some Monterey Jack. I also added some dehydrated onion and a couple of tablespoons of Penzey's Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle which has garlic and spices.
I'm pretty pleased with my scoring. I've been making a lot of ugly loaves lately. These are the first ones in a long time that I feel like showing off.
Next week, I hope to be back to talking about knitting.


anmiryam said...

Delicious baked good run a close second to knitting!

Bhavna said...

Hello Jaya,

very nice blog! You are so good at everything. I have to learn to bake, these are very inspiring!

Yum! Yum!

vanessa said...

my mouth is watering.