thanks to a tweet from xeni jardin i discovered that homemade soft pretzels are easy to bake and while i try to live a pretty-much-mostly-gluten-free lifestyle i love a soft pretzel as much as anyone else, so i had to give it a try. and, yes, they are ridiculously easy to make. and super tasty.
odin and discovered that the only thing better than a soft pretzel straight out of the oven is one slathered in melted organic valley butter
here is the recipe we followed. king arthur has a similar sourdough pretzel recipe that i’m going to have to try soon.
Jason and Hannah’s pretzel recipe
2 1/4 cups AP or bread flour
¾ cup of warm water
1 tsp bread yeast
1 Tbs brown sugar
⅛ tsp salt
Additionally: Baking Soda, and Salt
Pre-heat your oven to 400ºF.
Mix yeast and brown sugar in the ¾ cup of warm water and let proof for 10 minutes.
Put flour and salt in large mixing bowl. Add liquid. Knead until the ball of dough has picked up all the loose flour and is smooth.
Start a 3-5 quart pot of water boiling. Add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. Let boil.
Roll out pretzels. I suggest taking golf ball sized balls of dough and rolling them in your hand until the string of dough is about the diameter of a grease pencil or sharpie. Then twist into pretzels.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or your favorite non-stick method. Boil pretzels in the baking soda water mixture for 10-15 seconds each. My rule is to let them sink to the bottom and then retrieve a few seconds after they float to the surface. Place the pretzels on the baking sheet.
Immediately before placing in the oven, sprinkle with salt to your preference. Bake for 18-19 minutes.
i saw interstellar last night and it’s a great movie. not perfect by any means, but it’s sci-fi and even Neil DeGrasse Tyson is okay with the ending.
many of the theories in the film are explored in the embedded NOVA episode, “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time” which has quotes from physicists that sound like they could be buddhist monks – e.g. “everything that has ever happened or will happen – it all exists.” and from an NPR story on the show, “Our days certainly seem numbered. We long to know if this countdown to darkness is real, or simply the trick of a more limited perspective.”
for even more Deep Thoughts About Time, give a listen to the Radiolab Time episode and remember that all of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.
amish “corn shocks” are piles of drying corn which will soon be gathered up on wagons and hand shucked or run through a corn picker.
the “just ship” philosophy is, i believe, an homage to the steve jobs quote, “real artists ship”. it’s mostly seen in tech circles but i like the general philosophy that at end of the day “shipping” is the only thing that matters and it’s a valuable lesson outside tech. when i saw that kellan ( now cto of etsy ) was shipping the shirts originally developed for the etsy engineering shirt, i knew i had to get one.
in retrospect I should have ordered 6 more so I could make it my everyday shirt.
at the time of this writing he’s sold out of men’s sizes but you can pre-order at 50% off! hmmmmm…
tradition dictates that ketchup is the preferred condiment for a pasty but with plenty of odin’s “Kick in the Asgard” hot sauce on hand i wondered, what if i topped with a mixture of ov sour cream and hot sauce?
A NEW TRADITION!
if it’s wrong, i don’t wanna be right.
i made several batches of odin’s “Kick in The Asgard” hot sauce using starter fuel from our organic valley garden based on a “green dragon sauce” recipe. i ended up with about a gallon of sauce and will give most of it away to fellow gardeners. not knowing how hot the peppers were, i was happy to find that none of the batches ended up being “melt your face off” hot.
it’s analogous to a tabasco sauce – simple to make and tasty!
in the interest of full disclosure, odin doesn’t actually like hot sauce but i like the punny nature of the name. maybe someday his taste buds will change
20 peppers or so, stems removed, rough chopped (2 1/2 cups)
1 onion, chopped
3 or 4 or 8 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar to taste
combine the peppers, onion, garlic, salt and oil in a saucepan over high heat. saute’ for 3 minutes.
add the water and continue to cook for about 20 minutes. Stir often.
remove from heat and allow to steep until mixture has cooled.
place mixture in food processor and puree until smooth.
with the processor running, pour in the vinegar through the feed tube in a steady stream.
pour into sterilized pint jar and seal.
let age at least 2 weeks before using.
can be stored in the refrigerator up to 6 months.
to can: pour into clean hot jars [no need to sterilize jars if water bathed for at least 10 min. and process in boiling water bath for 10 min.
it’s a little hard to tell what’s going on here? the force awakens a feeling in the stormtroopers for bunnies? ah well, all shall be revealed soon.
it’s the beginning of hockey regular season so we’re spending more time in hockey arenas. and this weekend we spent even more time than usual as we signed odin up for a laura stamm power skating clinic in baraboo, wisconsin. the well-regarded clinics are taught all over the country and usually cost over $200 but the baraboo youth hockey association subsidizes the cost and it costs just $75 if you’re not part of the association ( $35 if you are a member of the baraboo youth hockey league ). so it’s quite a deal for an intensive 6 hours of skating split over 2 days.
drills! drills! drills!
in this drill, the kids skate fast and drop down and alternate sliding on each knee without standing up.
i am certain that i could not do this.
lots and lots of drills to improve their skating backwards skills.
and maybe a bit of goofing off with friends who give odin a hard time when his poppi is trying to take pictures
is before halloween too soon to turn on christmas lights?
our 3 year old neighbor asked in july “sir, why do you still have your christmas lights up?”
me: “because I can.” ( of course we don’t leave them on all year round. and normally we do take them down but, well…procrastination. )
the title is a quote from one of the two characters in my 80s costume mash up. the other character is easy to guess but only a few at work could guess the quote character with suspenders, power tie and a giant cell phone.
in a bit of trivia, the corncob standing next to me is wearing an outfit i wore six years ago in a local parade while i handed out ov milk and string cheese.
i can’t remember if i wore any underwear but i think he’s probably ok either way