The Daily EO: February 26th, 2013

I challenged my husband to make something from his Alton Brown cookbooks in the month of February.  So he invited his friend over for dinner on Wednesday night and selected Butternut Squash and Potato Dumplings as his recipe.  I do the grocery shopping and he does dinners, so he gave me the list of ingredients to pick up.  Tuesday night he was tackling it and this is an involved recipe.  Not only that, despite following it pretty closely, the recipe ending up needing 3 times as much flour as it calls for.  (ever try rolling muffin batter?)

Roasting, scooping, stirring, kneading, rolling, boiling, ice bathing, draining, drying, oil drenching.  Then the next night, frying.

I love white terry bar clothes for my kitchen clothes of choice.  They always absorb, never shrink in the wash, easily replaceable.  making dumplings is a messy event and for once we used up almost every cloth we had for the draining and drying.   By the time we were finished, we had a pile of wet clothes and a mess of a kitchen.  We tackled clean-up and I threw a load of laundry to clean up all my bar mops.

Our washing machine in our condo is some fancy european apartment sized ones.  Ones that have no patience for North American foolishness of adding something mid cycle.  So, once it is started, there is no going back.  Sure you can turn off the machine, then turn it to spin & drain, and eventually, it might let you inside.  I threw a little extra soap in to tackle all the oil and flour on the bar mops, but nothing unusual.

I noticed about 15 minutes in that the soap level was quite foamy, but figured that was due to my increased soap usage – afterall, I generally have the door closed to the laundry while I do it, so I really had no idea how foamy it gets during the cycle.

I was in the other room – and let’s face it, that’s not too far away when you live in a downtown Vancouver condo – when my husband called for me to grab towels for the washing machine.  It’s leaking!  Alas!


Okay – quick.  Towels.  Mop it up.  Hmmmm.  Not too much of a mess.  Just a small leak from the very front of the machine.  Weird.

But as stated – I can’t open the damn machine.  So we mop up the water, turn it to spin & drain and keep a towel under there to pick up the water.  And wait.

Long Night.  And we haven’t even eaten them yet.

February 26th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Apparently, if you wash Butternut Squash Dumplings in a washing machine, they wedge in the door and break the seal.  Who knew?


The Daily EO: August 26th, 2012

My husband is a big fan of science.  And eating.  And so when he discovered Good Eats featuring Alton Brown he became a big fan.  He likes to watch it while eating dinner.  And then plan the next night’s meal.  Or just dream about the next nights meal.

We watched a very old episode one night about fruit deserts – crumbles, grunts, buckles, cobblers, crisps, etc.  I had never heard of a buckle (or a grunt really) before and it struck me as an odd word.  I had frozen blueberries, edge of rotting fresh blueberries, butter, almond milk and sugar that I wanted to use up before we got out of this old house.  So, with the word “buckle” tumbling around in my head from this episode we watched 3 months ago, I looked up blueberry buckle on the internet.

A buckle is kinda like a crumble crossed with a cake.  You basically put cake batter on the bottom, smother it in fruit, then put a crumble topping on it.   I mean, hello?  What’s not to like?  (save for the I’m sure 400 calories a slice).

The recipe suggested whipped cream as a topping, but we’re down to the cans at the back of the cupboard, so creamy things are pretty scarce here.  But I had some unsweetened 0% fat greek yogurt in the fridge – surely that would add the needed goodness.  But unsweetened?   Hmmm.  That can be a little sharp.

Emile and I won a spot dance at a Christmas party (yeah, really they still do those), and we won a President’s Choice Black Label Gift pack.  One of the items in the basket was a bottle of blackberry syrup.  And although it looked tempting, we had maple syrup, and other syrups on the go, and so poor, sweet little blackie languished at the back of the cupboard.  Destined to be forgotten if not for current circumstances.

Do blackberries and blueberries go?  Well, I don’t know normally, but here, in this house, they do!  And with that our blueberry buckle with greek yogurt and blackberry syrup was born.  The sour yogurt, the crunchy crumble, and the just sweet enough syrup were a perfect combination.

August 26th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Finding dessert out of kitchen scraps that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  On the same day.  We tested it.