Dreams and Coffee

There must be something in Aleve that makes one have weird dreams, because last night’s was a doozy. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had weird dreams as of late, but last evening’s takes the cake.  Rather, I should say that the two dreams I’ve had this week take the cake, because I can’t say that…

At the Memories Shop

On Wednesday, I will be one month away from the start of a new school term, and a part of me is already itching to start.  I know this because I picked up a flyer for a local business today and found at least a half-dozen grammatical errors during the first reading.  Personally, I think…

Space Food Sticks

Unfortunately, my attempts to find out the cause for Wednesday’s performance at Walmart have all failed miserably, so I guess I’m destined to never know.  Pity, because that was one heck of a show. 

The only thing positive about this recent heat spike is that it’s allowed me to consider the various texts I might consult for that literary dinner them that I’d mentioned previously.

Bad Mead

Remember the Digby Mead that I started about eight months ago? I hadn’t talked about it since late last year because all I could do was let it age.  The key problem, as noted then, is that I’d failed to properly adjust the amount of water that the mead required; there was too much and…

Damn Good Coffee

Decided to hit the antique stores this weekend, and in doing so, I managed to find a few things that I’d been wanting but not making much of an effort to obtain.  Among these was a mid-century General Electric percolating coffee pot and a Pyrex coffee carafe (but not the burner or stand). The percolator is in…

Tasting the Ellis Cordial

Today was the day to test the Ellis cordial.  The details are here, but I figured that I’d post the results. In short, it was better than I’d anticipated.  The brandy has a berry color and because of the added sugar, has a very sweet berry taste.  What surprised me the most is that, for a…

Yuck . . . Taste This!

Ah, winter.  For most of the last week, we’ve been sans snow.  Now, it seems like that’s all we’re getting.  I have a theory about snow: Before December 25, snow is loved, welcomed, and enjoyed.  Starting December 26, however, it becomes annoying, troubling, and a pain. On to the important stuff . . . The…

December 26th

Another Christmas is in the history books. Since I do all of the cooking, the Christmas meal was tailored towards my tastes, which are generally traditional.  There was the spiral cut ham, for example, along with mashed potatoes, whole kernel corn, and a small green bean casserole.  I happened to have a couple of sweet potatoes,…

A Cordially Made Cordial

Previously, I mentioned creating some dish from the recipes mentioned in Sandra Sherman’s Fresh From the Past: Recipes and Revelations from Moll Flanders’ Kitchen (Taylor Trade, 2004).  Well, I’ve settled on where I want to begin. Sherman reprints a recipe from William Ellis’ Country Housewife’s Family Companion (1750), called “Rich Family Cordial with Black-Cherries, Mulberries, and…

Eau de Mead

For reasons that escape me, the Little Woman and I decided to test the Digby Mead last night.  It was about time, of course, seeing how it’s been sealed up in the basement for these last few weeks.  It also gave us an opportunity (or excuse, your choice) to taste-test our mixed berry mead, which…

More on Digby

A quick update on the Digby mead: In the two weeks since it was put into the carboy, the mead has been doing its thing.  Because I had more than a gallon, I constructed a makeshift carboy for the overflow.  I took a 1 liter plastic bottle and cut a hole in the cap.  Then, after fitting…