Archive for April, 2011

Cooking rough

April 20, 2011

We’ve had a small problem with the stove: the vent hood is coming detached from the cabinets and threatening to fall down. It ought to be a pretty simple matter to screw it back into place, but because of the way the hood is designed we just can’t get tools into the right place. We spent an hour on Sunday morning trying to fix it ourselves before giving up. While we wait for a professional to come take a look at it, we’ve turned off power to the stove, so I’ve been cooking in the fireplace.

I’m using our old spider (cast-iron frying pan), which sits very nicely on the andirons. I made a small fire to light some charcoal, then set the spider over it and cooked. First I made pyttipannu, a sort of hash with sausages and potato. The next day I made pizza, using Kris’s technique for grilled pizza. I put a little olive oil in the bottom of the pan, rolled out the dough very thin, and laid the dough in the pan to cook on one side. When the dough started to bubble, I turned it over and layered on some sauce, cheese, and toppings. I used a pot lid to contain the heat and let it cook. This worked very well and in a little over an hour I produced six small pizzas that we can heat up in the still-functioning microwave when we want them.



April 15, 2011

This handsome fellow came strutting through the yard early this morning:

The early turkey gets the... ?

Not such a good picture, I’m afraid, but in low light, at at distance, through a window, it was about as good as I could get.

We have seen wild turkeys around here before and both E. and I happened to spot some (separately) while driving yesterday.  I guess spring has got them moving.

Back again

April 14, 2011

It has been another long time without any updates, I know. Hopefully I’ll be back to posting more regularly now that the worst of the semester is over.

Spring started teasing us a month ago, but it’s only this week that it feels like it has finally arrived. We lost the last of the snow from our yard last weekend. E. and I spent all of Saturday raking the dead leaves and other winter debris from the lawn and kicking at the last lingering patches of snow. The smaller trees are starting to put out tiny buds. I’ve been out to prune the fruit trees and hang weights on some of the branches, trying to encourage them to grow wide and bushy rather than straight up. We still have flannel sheets and a blanket on the bed, but we often have a window cracked open during the daytime on the sunny side of the house. The ice disappeared from the pond last week. The signs of spring are popping up al around us.

There has been discussion for some time at E.’s work about staffing changes. It has been sounding like they want her to start working a full-time position in the fall, and today she was finally offered the job. We’re both glad that she’ll be continuing to work at a place where she has been happy.