In the kitchen, July 2022
As a home cook, I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen everyday, and lately, I've been finding so much joy in trying lots of new things in the kitchen with items from our garden, ingredients purchased locally, or new recipes made with my sourdough starter.
From our garden:
I've mentioned in my previous post about our garden so far this year, but I want to be especially intentional about using, sharing, or preserving anything we harvest from our small garden. We have many things that will be ready soon (including a jungle of tomato plants), but so far, we've picked just a few items:
- basil: I made a small batch of pesto, using walnuts and nutritional yeast (no cheese) to try a dairy-free version
- collard greens: sautéed in avocado oil, with salt
- zucchini: grilled, but since we anticipate many more to come, I also have plans to make zucchini bread and shred and freeze some
Food found locally:
This summer, I've had a little more headspace and motivation to source food locally, namely, raw dairy and pasture-raised meats. There's a farm store not far from us that sells the dairy products and lately, I've been shopping there every other week. Another local farm store sells grass-fed and -finished beef and locally milled einkorn flour, and a farm with a booth at our farmer's market sells pastured pork. Typically, our Meijer store also has some good offerings for high quality beef and chicken, albeit not necessarily local, but still high quality.
- raw milk: using it in my coffee, for homemade ice cream, in recipes like biscuits and gravy, and sometimes, I'll drink a glass of it
- raw cheese: on sandwiches, with eggs, for snacking, or on sourdough pizza (see below)
- einkorn flour: for the gravy in this biscuits and gravy recipe (I typically make it with sourdough english muffins)
- wild black raspberries: found on a walk. We ate most of them same-day, and I froze the rest.
- strawberries and rhubarb: the former from the local farm store, the latter from a friend's yard! We made strawberry rhubarb jam this week (see first photo in this post)
Favorite sourdough recipes, lately:
I have been having a lot of fun trying out new-to-me sourdough recipes, and I've gotten into a good rhythm with my starter so I never have excess discard or feel overwhelmed by the feeding of my starter. When I don't plan on using it for a few days, I just feed it, then pop it in the fridge within four hours. Some tried-and-true and recent favorite recipes:
- sourdough bread: my favorite recipe is from Abigail Dodd's book, but its a long-fermented, stretch-and-fold method
- sourdough pizza: this is so easy and so delicious. The best homemade pizza I've ever made.
- sourdough cinnamon rolls: a classic in our home, as of late. I usually sub in cardamom for half of the cinnamon and skip the icing, per our preference.
- sourdough English muffins
- sourdough waffles
Apart from those things, I'm enjoying a frequent afternoon cup of coffee (sometimes with knitting, while Finn babbles and kicks, and Coop plays), and occasional fika with Cooper.
Since we're committed to eating high quality food whenever we can, and making the vast majority of our meals at home, I'm finding a lot of joy and interest in knowing where (more of) our food comes, and in meeting the people who make high quality, local food possible for us.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.
What brings me to worship: Life lately, mid-May 2021
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now.
2020: A year in review
Now that we're well into January, I'm sitting down to write and glance back at the last year. I'm not much of a resolution-maker (not fundamentally opposed, just not for me), but I do find it's healthiest for my heart and mind to reflect and then continue on into the next year. Like every single year, there are good, hard, and in-between snippets and seasons.