Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Holidays

Yes, it's been awhile since I've posted. I'll try to be better about it now. Anyway, here are a few photos I found hiding on my camera:

This is a whole wheat soda bread from Bernard Clayton's Book of Breads. It's a little richer than most soda breads because it has eggs and butter in it. It's very good, and it's a quick and easy way to make a loaf of whole wheat bread without spending a whole day on it (takes about an hour).

This is parsely from my garden. Once the weather turned cool I pretty much ignored my garden, but one day around Thanksgiving I noticed that my parsely was thriving. Maybe it likes cold weather. There was a lot growing in the herb garden, but also a little plant that must have seeded itself in one of the raised beds. I harvested them at the end of November, before it froze. I've since put the leaves in the freezer so that I can use them for cooking over the winter. (Note: parsely doesn't seem to freeze as well as basil, but since I'll only use it in sauces it's not really a big deal. I did not freeze them in ice cube trays, which is the recommended method, I just washed and dried the leaves and threw them in a freezer bag, which is what I do with basil.)

This is a cinnamon breakfast cake from The Cake Mix Doctor (I left out the nuts). A couple of red and green sprinkles makes it a Christmas cake. I made four of them during the Christmas season: two for school, one for work, and one for DH to take to work. It was well received everywhere.