Archive for May, 2011

{this moment}

…taking inspiration from SouleMama in celebrating {this moment}.    There are no words to this Friday ritual.  Just a sweet and simple moment from the week to remember, cherish and absorb just a little bit longer.

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The spring garden was planted several weeks ago now when the trees were still bare and the air was cool.  We reap so much fruit and veggie goodness from our weekly CSA boxes (starting in June) that our goal with our little home vegetable plot is plant what we don’t get in our boxes or anything that we want more of.  This year’s spring crops include carrots of different colors (Dragon and Yellowstone varieties, both new to us this year.  We’re so excited about red and yellow carrots!), bunching onions, snap peas, mesclun and watermelon radishes (cannot wait for those!).

Growing things, growing food is such a satisfying yearly ritual.  Our tiny little garden in our tiny little yard yields us such a tremendous amount of joy.  It hardly seems proportional.  And the joy has already begun…

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My baking turned into the slightly obsessive zone with crackers.  I’m not exaggerating even a little.  I love making crackers.  I have made crackers almost every day for the past couple of weeks.  I love making them partly for the ease and speed with which a batch of baked deliciousness can be whipped up.  It’s also very satisfying to note how much money I’m saving by not buying the fancy packaged crackers that I lean toward.  But mostly, they are just so AMAZINGLY GOOD!  I love to make them, yes.  But really, I love to eat them.  And so does everyone else in my house.  And all of Eli’s friends.  Making crackers is a good, good thing.

It started with our King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking book and the innocent little recipe for Wheat Thins.  They do warn in the book that you will not be able to stop eating these crackers and I can now fully appreciate the weight of this warning.  These are highly addictive crackers.  The dough is easy to roll out very, very thin which yields the crispiest and tastiest of crackers.  They bake up quickly (and disappear almost as quickly).  A very good recipe!

Next came sesame crackers.  Nuttier and heavier and harder to roll out thinly, but yielding a good, substantial cracker.  Not as popular with the kid sector around here, but this mama doesn’t mind when she gets a few extra crackers to herself.

Back to the wheat thins recipe and now it was time to play around.  I fooled around with the sugar in different batches (none in some, a little bit extra in others).  I added poppy seeds.  Good.  And pretty.  (Mama quite likes that combo).

And then Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger Cracker from Simply Ming.  The cracker dough is seasoned with minced garlic and a whole array of spices.  This recipe takes a little longer as the dough is yeasted, but it results in a very sophisticated, grown-up cracker.  Although given the dwindling pile, it’s clearly not just the grown ups who are eating them….

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