December 15, 2005

Gingerbread cake

I made this gingerbread cake, and it was rather good and I'm still working my way through it. I can't believe how much honey and molasses went into it, though.

I have been asked to make molasses spice cookies for a friend. Now, having made this cake, I must purchase more molasses in order to do this. Which is fine, of course.

Posted by chris at 06:43 AM

December 06, 2005


I started a new batch of sauerkraut today, I don't mind telling you!

Posted by chris at 09:02 PM

November 26, 2005

There are few photos on this blog

I have a camera. A dinky but decent Canon Powershot with inadequate memory, but it's a camera. But I am not really much of a photographer, and I have been completely disatisfied with my attempts at photographing food. Does anyone have suggestions for taking good photos of food?

Posted by chris at 11:24 PM

That old-time apple cranberry pie

Another Thanksgivingish gathering. I was going to make a pumpkin tart, but when I was in the store I saw they had cranberries, and I remembered the apple cranberry pie, and thought it was time to do that again. So I made that, and it was well loved. There wasn't quite enough apple in it this time (I ran out, mostly due to inefficient coring technique—I need a proper apple corer) so it wasn't quite as glorious as last year's. But it was still really, really good. Everyone seemed to think it was going to be cherry or possibly rhubarb and was very surprised that it wasn't a sweet pie at all! Nita, who did most of the cooking for this party, pointed out how she grew up with tart pies, with the theory that the ice cream adds the sweetness. No one seemed to complain about the lack of ice cream, though.

Posted by chris at 11:21 PM

November 24, 2005

Assorted rolls, for Thanksgiving

Three types of rolls for Thanksgiving. One was a dark Russian rye, the closest thing to pumpernickel that I could realistically make, since I can't seem to find pumpernickel flour in this town. It came out a little sweeter than I expected, but pretty nice. Another was potato buttermilk bread, which felt very experimental as I wound up doing all sorts of math on the recipe to substitute actual potato for potato flour, which meant I had to use powdered buttermilk, which is what I had anyways, so it worked out. And it tasted fine too. And the third was an Italian cheese roll, because the Thanksgiving host wanted something cheesy. I haven't tried that one yet.

It was a busy day of cooking!

I have another party to go to on Saturday, but happily I have plenty of rolls (somehow 8 people didn't go through all 33 rolls).

Posted by chris at 10:28 PM