Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday: NOT WORDLESS!

Momma hijacked the "temple of yumminess:  The EXCALIBUR. We should have known something was up yesterday when she was humming along and fussing about in the kitchen.

When she is in her zone, she talks to herself. Yes, she does.  It sounds like she is having a real conversation, but apparently it is a conversation with one. Not going to lie to you.  I think there is a loose nut or bolt somewhere in there...

In any case, I watched her and I must admit she had me confused.  I resent her use of EXCALIBUR to make her crackers. {I don't eat those. Way wrong for my system, too many seeds and bird and squirrel food type thing in there, but if you want that recipe, ask for it and I will post it} Yesterday she muttered something about creme fraiche and then something about yogurt and there was a whole diatribe about how you can't get decent creme fraiche in that grocery store...and blah blah.. blah... So ... she actually doubled this recipe:

1 pint heavy cream
2 Tablespoons  buttermilk

Mix, pour in jars

Set Excalibur to 95 degrees
12-14 hrs 
30 minutes cooling time in the dehydrator
8 hrs in the fridge will make it thicker. 

She apparently is planning on making scones. And we all know that her perfect bite of scone must have creme fraiche... Or she might just make that gravelox with home made pasta and creme fraiche. Who knows. The point is... she could be making something wonderful for moi in that machine! 

As I saw it, yesterday was a TOTAL LOSS as far as anything being made for moi.WAIT!
There is absolutely no reason why you cannot share the creme fraiche! NONE.  Can we have some on our sweet potato tonight???  Can we??? We did and it was DELICIOUS. Richer than yogurt, but delicious. 

Let me tell you that a
t the same time, that the creme fraiche was being made, momma decided to turn 14 bunches of parsley into dry  parsley flakes.  The two leggeds use a lot of parsley here. I don't see the point of it.  But it only took 2 hrs and the same 95 degree setting to turn that big giant pile of green stuff into something that fit nicely in her dry parsley jar. She was pleased. 

Well, this morning, she was one smug woman. She got her creme fraiche and informed us that she is making yogurt. Now, we are talking!   I love yogurt.  I get some every day.  So, here is her recipe:

1 quart milk
1/4 cup active yogurt {this is your starter}
1/2 cup non fat powdered milk [optional, but we like the taste]

She heated the milk to 180 degrees.  Cooled down by stirring to a lukewarm   90-110F.-
Milk that is too hot will kill the good bacteria in your yogurt starter.  

Mixed in the yogurt starter in the warm milk and added the non fat milk powder.

Poured in jars [quart jars] , placed jars in the Excalibur, turned it to to 110 degrees for 4-6 hrs. She will check it  at the four hour mark. We like it tangy and if it's tangy enough, :) it will be ready, if not, it will continue to dehydrate for another 2 hrs.  It is ready when it's  custard like. BTW, more milk powder will make it thicker. 
Soooo, momma pants...{ Hey Dowi, check it out I am using "IT" Your phrase!}. Can we expect some delicious yogurt parfait?  Or perhaps, some yummy fruited yogurt bar?  You do have some frozen blue berries.... Or maybe maybe someone can send us a new recipe that can put that yogurt to use?????
And so I wait....

And blog... and now I am bored   So I go downstairs and  play

I am actually sorting out toys.
You know... pre-spring cleaning...
Did she buy that?

So, please, send me some new recipe that will make give me some new excitement.  I think she wants us to clean up ...  But but but we just got started playing!!!!


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