A Week In The Life, Vol 14.
Staying at home, week four!
This week it ended up being nice outside enough that we could be outside a bunch. Total mood improvement.
One crazy thing I’ve realized is that I have NEVER noticed spring blooms before like I have this year. Maybe it’s because I have nothing else on my mind – like we aren’t rushing around to go places – so when we get in the car to go for a drive, all I can see are blooms everywhere! These ones are actually outside Max’s window and he was so excited to tell me about them.
She kills me.
I made these cheeseburger pizza, exclusively out of leftover ingredients. Minus the bacon.
Eddie is on a popcorn kick. He makes it multiple times a week at night and I always say I don’t want it because I don’t love popcorn. Then I take one bite and can’t stop and continuously steal from his bowl.
I made the kids a mug cake!
And they did lots of coloring/worksheets/tracing/ etc.
I’ve been working on a sourdough starter (yes, like the rest of the internet) for over eight days now. It won’t rise AT ALL. I’ve tried starters before and the same thing has happened. I’ve tried whole wheat and all purpose (no rye available, though I did order some that is coming later next week), different ratios of feeding, warm water, distilled and bottled water, keeping the starter in the oven with the light on, keeping it on the counter… I AM LOSING MY MIND over it. I just want to be able to bake sourdough.
This herb garden bed is trashed from winter but the chives have arrived!
This dish doesn’t look special but oh my gosh, let me tell you – it’s incredible. It’s a recipe from my next book and after doing multiple read throughs of my manuscript before turning it in, I just couldn’t stop thinking about this. So I made it one night as a side dish to grilled chicken. Eddie couldn’t stop eating it right out of the pan. It’s unreal and I can’t wait until you get your hands on the book!
We did get taco takeout!
It included street corn nachos. Eh. I could make them better. I will make them better, in fact! Recipe to come.
Cutest girl who demands wearing either her snow boots or her uggs, even when it’s 60 degrees out. Pretty sure they are also on the wrong feet.
I made a big batch of homemade mac and cheese and gave it away. This article by the kitchn is great regarding cooking for other people right now.
Oh I also made homemade breadcrumbs. I had a loaf of bread that honestly just didn’t taste great and was getting stale. Pulsed them in the food processor then toasted for 15ish minutes at 350 degrees.
We finished decorating for Easter too (like six weeks later than I normally would?) and it made me feel a million times happier! So glad I did.
The kids are loving bunny ears right now.
Eggs for life. My most favorite food. I made Eddie a breakfast sandwich and cooked these eggs in some bacon grease. Oh my.
I made a big pan of my favorite roasted broccoli too! I realized why I make this so often. It’s one food I’m always in the mood for. Kind of like pizza. But with broccoli. This ensures I will eat some vegetables at lunch this week!
Filled out the April calendar too. It’s fine. I’m fine.
And Max brought me flowers which was just the cutest thing.
It was a good week! As good as can be expected. How was yours?
14 Comments on “A Week In The Life, Vol 14.”
I am on day four of my sourdough starter. I used AP flour, and have been using cold filtered (from our Brita in the fridge), and it has surprisingly been rising. Maybe try cold water instead? I used it by accident, but it has worked for me so far so I am sticking with it.
Cool watch, Max!
That beaded mat under the dish of eggs is GORGEOUS! Where ever did you find such an unusual decoration?
I love being able to put out all of my rabbit collection for Easter – some of them live year round in the one corner cabinet we have with glass doors in the kitchen. It has a light inside the cabinet so I can enjoy them all the time. We normally would have a houseful for Easter but given the circumstances, it’ll be my husband and myself. We plan on grilling a marinated pork tenderloin and having some baby potatoes with parsley along with a veggie of some sort. Think I’ll also make a key lime pie for dessert. Just keeping it simple…
Love that you decided to decorate for Eater, Bunny ears are the best. Love breakfast for dinner, we did it Friday night with eggs, roasted asparagus/tomatoes, bacon, and chicken meatballs of all things. SO good. Now I can’t wait till I have it again. Glad you had good weather last week, ours was gloomy, which wasn’t a good thing in this situation. I need the fresh air. Love Emilia’s PJ’s, and Max looks like the coolest kid ever, love the shades. Love popcorn, my fav is pop secret home-style, it is seriously addictive.
With regard to your sourdough starter . . . I’m sure there’s nothing you’d like more than another ‘appliance’ in your kitchen, but if you’re serious about bread-baking, and sourdough in particular, you’ll love having a proofer box. The most highly recommended–by Brod & Taylor–is actually FOLDABLE so it doesn’t take up a huge amount of valuable kitchen space. I won’t bore you with the details . . . you can research it online and find more info that I can supply. You can find the B&T bread proofing box at Wiliams-Sonoma as well as King Arthur Flour. You can’t find flour, or yeast, or sugar . . . but you can find the bread-proofing box. :)
Trust me on this. When you make your popcorn, melt some butter and mix in a little truffle oil, a scant tsp. Drizzle it on and add some truffle salt mixed with regular salt. Add a light amount of chili powder and some lime zest. Just do it! It will blow your MIND! My husband and I had it a restaurant in Cleveland for Valentine’s Day and I’ve been recreating it once a week ever since. Amazing!!!!
Yes please make a street corn nachos recipe!! That sounds amazing
I’m on day 2 of my starter and was so excited to see bubbles/have enough to discard the 4 oz! I kept mine next to my oven yesterday (while it was on, baking chocolate chip cookies for the 4th time this week) and today I’ve been moving it around my kitchen so it’s in the sunlight! Idk what I’ll do for the rest of the week when it’s cloudy but it’s a start?
that dish you called not so special looks wonderful to me ! pasta + cheese + mushrooms = yum. also that mac. OMG looks fab. can i swim in that pan ???
There are so many methods for starter out there. Some of it just has to be what works for you. I have found that I have the best results if I leave my water out overnight (18 hours) even if it’s filtered just to make sure all the chlorine dissipates. Then I feed the starter every 12 hours equal parts water and flour, for approximately 2 weeks.
After that I have kept it in the fridge, with a once a week feeding and make my biga or poolish (depending on the bread) 12-16 hours before the bake. I have also had to revive it (with the procedure above) a few times after forgetting to feed it or being on long vacations.
Good luck. It’s worth sticking it out!
Huge How Sweet Eats fan here!If you can get bread flour you will get a more reliable reaction from your starter. Make sure you are discarding most if the previous day’s mix before adding equal parts if flour and water. Leave a lid or covering on loose. Follow my sourdough adventures on Instagram @want.and.knead
I am on day 14 of my starter and I finally got the rise! I had to stick with it and feed it every 12 hours for those 14 days, but it got there.
Also, the cheeseburger pizza is a favorite in my house, but we have started adding dill pickle bits on over the ground beef and it adds a delicious flavor!
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