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Took some pictures in the garden this morning. Things are finally starting to take off and grow like crazy. We are harvesting small snow peas from plants on the patio, the tomatoes are doing well and the peppers are actually growing this year. Amazing. The funny thing is that the basil is not doing well, at all. Can’t figure out why, just doesn’t seem to want to grow. Anyone else having that problem or is it particular to my little piece of earth?
Last night was cold and sleeting and very, very windy. It was a good night to make a good meal. We had a pasta, chicken and veggie dish and dinner rolls.
The rolls, which are one of my new favorite recipes, came from King Arthur’s website. The recipe, which I have changed slightly is easy and for a yeast dough, relatively quick.
- 2 1/4 t. active dry yeast
- 1 1/8 cups warm water
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 t. salt
- 3 T. honey
- 6 tablespoons butter at room temperature
- 1/4 c. nonfat dry milk
- 1/2 c. instant potato flakes
- Put yeast into the bowl of stand mixer, add the warm water and a dash of sugar to start the yeast. Let it sit for about 15 minutes or until you notice the yeast starting to foam.
- Add the remaining ingredients and knead for about 5-7 minutes. The dough should be smooth and formed into a ball.
- Place the dough into an oiled container, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about one hour. (I sometimes preheat my oven and turn it off and then put the dough in there to proof.)
- When the dough has doubled, take it from the container, place it on a silpat or other non-stick surface and divide in half. Divide each half into half and then in half again until you have 16 pieces.
- Roll each piece into a ball and place them into two round cake pans which have been oiled. It should look like this:
- Cover and allow to rise until they touch, about another 30 minutes. They should look like this:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place both pans in the oven and cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown. When the rolls come out of the oven, sprinkle with flour to give the “snowflake” roll look.
The original recipe can be found at King Arthur’s site.
The pasta dish was a classic “throw together” with leftover chicken, green bell peppers, a fresh leek from the garden, garlic, oil cured pitted olives, basil, oregano, onions and broccoli florets all sauteed and tossed with some olive oil over cavatappi pasta.
And in response to those of you who ask why I prefer pictures of food to my children sometimes, I leave you with this photo:
Here’s lunch. Leftovers transformed into something that tasted quite yummy. I must admit that I think my strength in cooking is the ability to throw a whole bunch of stuff together into something edible. While I follow recipes just fine, grabbing things from the fridge and turning them into a meal is a whole lot more fun. Brings out the mad scientist in me I guess.
Thai inspired rice
Leftover chicken cut up into chunks (about 1 cup)
Leftover jasmine rice (about 3 cups)
3 scallions chopped finely
2 T. chili garlic sauce
2 t. fish sauce
1 c. cilantro chopped finely
1/2 c. basil, chopped the same way
1 c. snow peas sliced into vertical strips
2 T. soy sauce
Juice of one lime
I sauted the chicken with the garlic sauce for a few minutes while I chopped up everything else. Add the rice and the remainder of the ingredients. Mix well, heat for about 5 minutes and serve. This made 3 generous servings – Lunch for the two of us and lunch for tomorrow.
Well summer is over here at our house. The boys are all back in school as of today. Things are quiet which is good since I should be able to get back to the business of business and get cranking on my next two issues for work. I have my dermatologist’s appointment today so I will see if there is any news on that front. At least there is something for this doctor to actually see, since my leg is still inflamed.
Since I am trying to be good about posting, I will try to do another one later on. In the meantime, I really need to pick some basil and parsley and get the dehydrator going. It is that time of the year.
Well I am officially a former president. A has-been. The former president known as Tammy is what I am going to start calling myself. After that other famous person that was a former too. Seriously though, I am done with my bar association obligation. I missed my middle son’s graduation in the process and learned a very valuable lesson, never trust a man with your plants or your camera. I just looked at the pictures of the graduation which I begged, pleaded and made everyone in the house promise to take plenty of pictures of my son for me. Plenty of pictures obviously is not a term of art. These are men I keep forgetting and you have to be literal. I should have said please take 25 pictures for me. Some concrete number. I have 13 pictures three of which are some great pictures of the ground. Geez. And my seedlings are mostly dead, my husband forgot to water them. I mean, I was only gone not even 2 whole days. What is with this man and plants? Every time I go away something dies. Last time it was my pot of newly seeded basil and parsley, this time my tomatoes and tomatillos. ARGHHH. I know that it was not intentional but still….nuts. Good thing he remembers the kids at least they’re still alive, gotta look to the positive right?