We have Red Pears!

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NFFtT pears summary: lots and lots of pears; what to do with unripe pears; recipe for sliced dried pears; information about Not Far From the Tree; (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

“Taste and try before ye buy, my fine ripe pears!” -Edinburgh Street Vendors’ Cry

Well. You’re not going to want to taste and try these pears yet. They may be very fine. But they are NOT ripe.

NFFtT red pears

windfall pears on table and in green handled basket

There are so many volunteer pickers for Not Far From the Tree now that it’s a little tricky to get in on a pick. So imagine my delight to discover that I was one of the chosen to pick stunningly beautiful slightly unripe pears last Saturday morning.

I’m not sure what kind they are – I’m thinking maybe red Clapp’s Favourite or perhaps Flemish Beauty. But whatever they are, aren’t they gorgeous? The red colour is amazing! (continue reading )

Delving into the Archives: 2015’s NFFtT Apricots Jam revisited

summary: going through our photo archives; NFFtT apricots; brilliant apricot jam; information about Not Far From the Tree; (click on image(s) to see larger views and more photos)

NFFtT apricots

When I was about to post about NFFtT grapes the other day, I was looking around for the post I was sure I had written about last year’s apricots. I cannot believe I didn’t post about them! Except to mention them briefly when talking about a filling for a brioche flower.

NFFtT apricot jam Considering how really brilliant last year’s apricot jam was, I had hoped to get in on another apricot pick. But it seems that it is not to be this year. NFFtT has become very popular and getting on the roster to do some picking is increasingly difficult. Not to mention that I’m pretty sure that apricot season is over now. If there were even any apricots at all this summer. How disappointing. (continue reading )

Mad Dogs, Englishmen and BBBabes… (BBB August 2016)

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BBB August 2016 summary: recipe for Beignets made with dough refrigerated overnight, based on a recipes by Martha Stewart and King Arthur Flour; global warming; hot weather baking; Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poem ‘Baked Goods’; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) August 2016: Beignets

Beignets (BBB)

I’m melting! I’m melting!!

Who says that global warming isn’t happening? I’d like those silly people to come on over and spend a few nights at our house this summer. They might want to bring their own electric fans. Because we don’t have AC.

Everyone else in the neighbourhood does though. And the roar from all the units running full tilt has been driving me mad. And speaking of madness….

It is almost madness to volunteer to be the hostess of the month for bread baking in August. August is usually hot, followed my hot and muggy, followed by hotter in most places. Who wants to turn on the oven?
With that in mind I went for a bread that didn’t need an oven. […] [B]eignets [are fried] in oil…for about 2 minutes, so not much time over a hot stove.
– Pat, message to BBBabes

Exactly! Who does want to turn on the oven? But. By the same token, who wants to stand over hot oil in the kitchen? Even if it is for only 2 minutes?!

I know; after complaining bitterly about the cold last winter and spring, I promised I wouldn’t say even the smallest negative thing about it being too hot.

Ooops. Too late…. (continue reading )

Revisiting Bialys and Loving Them (BBB July 2016)

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BBB July 2016 summary: recipe for Bialys, based on a recipes in “The Hot Bread Kitchen” and “Bien Cuit”; making substitutions; malfunctioning scales; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) July 2016: Bialys


Isn’t summer wonderful after a good thunderstorm?

About a month ago, Judy (Judy’s Gross Eats) decreed that we would make bialys this month. Which I applauded at the time. Because the weather was perfect. And it’s been too long since I made bialys.

Then, all last week, it was poisonously hot and humid. So much so that I almost (not quite, but almost) regretted our decision, of 5 or 6 years ago, to disable our air conditioner.

But bialys were calling to me…. (continue reading )