Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I immediately thought of fresh strawberry pie. The recipe....One baked pie shell. I used some pastry I had in the freezer which was not really enough for the bottom shell but this is an experiment after all so I didn't care too much about the look.
1 cup white sugar, 3 tablespoons of corn starch and 3/4 cup water.
Finely chop about 1/3 of the strawberries, add the sugar, corn starch and water and place in a pan. Turn the heat to med low and stirring constantly bring to a boil, continue boiling and stirring for a minute.
Let the syrup stand until it reaches room temperature. Then add the rest of the strawberries and place the whole thing in the baked pie shell. Refrigerate until set...about 2 hours. Slice and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Oh my this is a delicious pie.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I don't follow any one rule, I throw everything in but protein, like meat and cheese, that goes to the chickens and the dog.
I save all the veggie peels and coffee grinds from the diner and if I think about it I throw in the paper towels I use to dry my hands, it all goes home with me every day and into the compost pile. To that I add garden cuttings, some weeds, cut grass, leaves and the used wood shavings from the chicken coop.
I have three compost areas next to each other, one was an existing large box. Art made two more compost areas from wood pallets that he got for free from a large box store. I fill each compost area and if all goes well I should have ready to use compost from the first box I filled. Once I empty that box I start filling it up again by the time it's full the second box should have ready to use compost.
The compost pile has to get pretty hot to kill the weeds and break down all the green, leaves and paper so we sometimes cover it with black plastic...again Art got it for free from a large box store, that really gets it cooking and during summer we might wet it a little bit because if it gets too dry it may not "cook" very well.
You might think the compost is stinky but it's not, it just has an earthy dirt smell which is not all that unpleasant, so there you have it, pretty easy and a great way to keep garbage out of the landfill. When the compost is ready I rototil it into my garden beds in the spring and top dress my veggie patch during the summer.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
My ride to the cabin.
Right side of the log boom that breaks the big waves before they hit the cabin.
A fire, hot chocolate, a blanket and a starry starry night, can you picture it?
Our neighbours across the lake.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
And an empty freezer that also needs to be cleaned out.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
My sisters came for a working holiday a few weeks ago and with that visit came some much needed opinions and observations to make my diner work a little more efficiently. My sister Liz absolutely wanted teapots, I was just using mugs. A butter scoop for pancakes and French toast, I was filling little paper cups, and an icing sugar duster, I've been using a small sieve which I store in a bowl and continually tip over getting icing sugar everywhere...not good when I'm busy.
We looked all over Powell River for these three items but only managed to buy teapots and I quickly forgot about the scoop and the icing sugar duster ( probably has a proper name but I don't know it) until yesterday.