Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Cool New Hobby Or A Desperate Cry For Help ... You Decide!

I swear that if I don't get out of my kitchen this summer, y'all are going to quit being my friends! I'm losing followers right and left lately. But I'm just so into kitchen experiments these days. They are all really working out too- only egging me on to play more with my food!

So as I was eating breakfast on Tuesday morning (I often stand in the kitchen to eat toast), I mixed up two more batches of bread. (That's how fast it is to make!) In one I tossed in herbs- just eyeballed it but probably about a teaspoon or two of oregano, rosemary and thyme. I used dry because I was in my pj's eating breakfast and not in the mood to walk outside for some fresh. I'm all kinds of lazy like that. In the other I tossed in a handful of (probably about 1/4 -1/2 cup) dried cranberries, shredded coconut and a cap full of vanilla extract.

I baked both last night. This time I tried baking them in loaf pans- worked great! I didn't add any extra flour- I just had a bowl with water and kept dipping my hand in as I balled up the dough. I made a mini loaf of each flavor to keep and taste and a large loaf of each flavor to give away (because hello I am trying to not gain weight here- well actually I am trying to lose weight but seeing as how exercising for months is doing nothing my new goal is to just not gain- so far that's working out just fine. I'm all about low expectations at the moment.) to friends. Both are incredibly delicious!! The coconut is so subtle but makes the bread super-duper yummy!




But what's bread without jelly, right? Actually I don't eat a ton of jelly. But I found a recipe for wine jelly and was intrigued. Had to try it out. Jelly, I've recently realized, is very easy to make. The most challenging part is skimming off the foam. Really that just takes patience and a little wrist action. I bought some cheap-o blackberry Merlot for this experiment, just in case it turned into a royal disaster. I thought it was going to make five or six jars but it actually made eight and a half. So everyone I know is getting a jar of jelly from me this year because there is just no way I will consume that much. It is very, very good though! The only change I would make next time would be to use less sugar. I mean, I have a huge sweet tooth but it is VERY sweet. You can actually taste the wine too- which is fun and different. Don't worry, it's family friendly as the alcohol was cooked out of it. These pics are terrible and don't show off how pretty they jelly turned out. They all popped right away and jelled too! I was so excited. Apparently I am getting pretty good at canning! Next on my canning to-do list is dill pickled green beans.




So what's the verdict....fun new hobby or desperate cry for help?!! I mean, I'm having a ball. But playing around in the kitchen is not exactly "cool."


****Update....the Easiest Bread Recipe Evah that requires zero kneading is found two posts down. Make some and tell me how it turns out. Because it is crazy easy and sooo yummy!

17 comments:

Ashley Lauren said...

Playing in the kitchen isn't cool??? I'm a dork and I didn't even know it!!

Honestly, I only started following recently, so I don't really know how the blog has changed, but I love reading about your kitchen adventures :)

Summer Wind said...

I think it sounds like a definite fun new hobby!! Keep going with it!

Sarah Ann said...

I love hearing about all of your baking adventures! But maybe if you tried shaking it up and added something besides cooking in it would help keep peoples interest? Plus its summer, people are probably wanting to be outdoors and not in front of the computer so blogging is less important. =]

tickledpink said...

The breads look so yummy! I think it's definitely a hobby!

MG said...

Those look really good! Would you mind sharing your receipe? I usually make my bread in the bread machine, but would like to try making it the old fashioned way.

Kimberly said...

I'm sticking around, but its too hot to cook even if I did!

Pink Maple said...

The bread looks delicious. I'm baking-challenged, but maybe I'll give the recipe a try!

preppyinnewengland said...

Keep on going. I would say you're doing great in the kitchen! The bread looks fabulous!

Jen and Rob said...

That looks delicious! May have to try it sometime!

Preppy in Pink said...

I'm doing the same thing right now! haha About your Ebay problem...it's because the bag is a Kate Spade if you didn't use a trademark symbol or say your not afiliated with kate Spade the system automatically boots your item off. Aparently a bunch of designers got together and sued Ebay for facilitating the sale of um, artificial designer items :) eek. Good Luck

tintarosa said...

I saved your bread recipe. I'm going to try in when it's not 102 degrees outside.

Prep in the Big Apple said...

Not at all a cry for help. You're making me antsy to get back to my kitchen.

Alicia said...

I, for one, am loving your recipe blogging! I still have the recipe you shared forever ago on Cherry Chicken and am going to try making the bread this weekend (I'm thinking Cinnamon and raisin!). However, I am most impressed with all of this canning! I have no idea how it works and where I would begin. Maybe one day you could post a short tutorial for any beginners?? :)

Anonymous Prep said...

Awesome hobby. I may have to try this tonight when I get home, because the "I don't have enough time" excuse isn't going to cut it. The cranberry and coconut sounds delightful.

Beth Dunn said...

No worries. Write about whatever you want. I doubt anyone really stopped following did they? xo

The Pink Tutu said...

What delicious things you've been making! I just love to bake too :)

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

I am impressed with these culionary creations! Cooking in the summer is hard for me, I don't like being in a hot kitchen over a hot stove!

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