Thursday, August 22, 2019

Somethings Blue

Here's some fun ways I used up blueberries after our bountiful harvest last month. I had extra dough scraps from making the pie, so I whipped up another batch of filling and made these like, pie cookie things.

They were good, but I much prefer the higher filling-to-crust ratio of a real pie.

Then I tried this recipe for blueberry upside-down cake!

It was good! Though I think I'd use more blueberries next time. The recipe thinks you'll use store blueberries, which are bigger and have more water content to soak in.

Then with remaining pie filling and also some raw ones, we made homemade ice cream!

Mighty good! Here it is together with the cake.

Here it is in a cone.

Here it is in a cone with extra extra pie filling on top.

And to conclude, here's something else blue that sort of... happened.

More to come on that!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Blueberry time

Well well well! Time for blueberries! So off to blueberry bog we went.

On the way, we saw this fellow.

With his jaw hanging open stupidly.

But then we found the bounty!

And what bounty it was!

We picked and picked and got about a gallon.

My first ambition was to make a pie. I tried this a few years ago, but it turned out soupy, so I went in search of a recipe to make it not so! Having found one, I implemented it.

 Here I am at the cookstove, to make the pie filling.

I got me a new apron and dangit I'm gonna use it.

I put four cups of berries in the pot.

Here is the progression of heating them until they juiced.

Then I dumped 3/4 C. sugar and 4 T. cornstarch on 'em and cooked 'em till they thickened.

Mixed in 1 T. lemon juice and 1 T. vanilla, and there you have it.

Lookin' G-E-W-D.

I popped that in a tupperware in the fridge, and then next day I proceeded with the pie.

Here I am making the crust.

Then spooning the filling in.

Then for lattice top!

Baked it annnnd....!

Isn't it fine?

Then the moment of truth! Would it be too soupy?

Apparently not!

Not at all! My Dad said it was a little too solid, and maybe we should throw in some raw ones with the filling to soupy it up just a smidge, but I thought it was great! Now, what to do with the other two-thirds of berries...

In the meanwhile, we've got other fruit coming every which-a way.

Red currants from the bushes in the garden. I didn't get a picture of the black ones. (Nor of the red nor black raspberries...)

And here's something exciting and new!

Dad planted a cherry tree in the orchard and it's off to a great start! It's just like my favorite boardgame which naturally is Hi Ho Cherry-o I mean like isn't it everyone's?
Oh the pies I've yet to make...

No Katrielle dessert today because my Dad is leaving to visit my sister and I don't trust myself to manage a blowtorch alone!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

More Summer fun

Last week we decided to go on a spontaneous trip to the nearby town of Mora! I wanted to go there because I wanted to find and obtain a Dala Horse!

They're these Swedish wooden horses painted fancy-like. I first learned of them in the webcomic I read called Stand Still. Stay Silent which takes place in a distopian alternate world where Sweden is one of only a handful of countries not wiped out by pandemic. In it, they go to Mora, Sweden, the original after which Mora, Minnesota is named. And there's a panel here of looking at the horses!

From the comic

So to Mora we went, to find them~!

This is the first one I saw.

A person stands at the height of that lil plaque square in the middle. I knew I couldn't obtain this one.

Nor this one, though it was a bit more feasible.

Finally I found them in the shops! And they were... $50 a piece. Soooo.... I'll be getting out my woodcarving tools and paints sometime, I guess...

Meanwhile, it's been a long time since we met a bear!

Why it's Humphrey Slip-n-Slide! Long-lost father of Tommy Slip-n-Slide whom we all remember!

Here he is!

Here they are together.

And closing out the post; time for another of Katrielle's desserts!

Episode 2: Katrielle and the Diabolical Dress
Dessert: Fudge

While I think they mean something a little different when they talk about fudge in England, (where the show is set) I just went ahead and used my mother's recipe.

Which is as follows:

4 large marshmallows
1 1/2 C. sugar
2/3 C. evaporated milk
1/4 C. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla

Bring first ingredients to full boil, boil over medium 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool a few minutes, add chocolate chips bit by bit, stirring until melted. Add vanilla. Put in glass dish, refrigerate.

Verdict: Fudge is fudge, and it's hard to say better than that, really.

Good day!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Some Summer fun

Here we go for summer fun! Here's a picture of a storm coming on a fishing trip!

Here's a picture of us putting in our brand-spankin'-new boat for the first time!

It didn't sink!

Here's a skirt that I was given as a hand-me-down, with a very alarming color.

It was a bit too shocking for me, so I set about dying it.

I put it in navy blue dye, just to see what would happen.

Here it is done!

Came out a little splotchy, but certainly an improvement.

Speaking of acquiring new clothes, I got myself this gorgeous retro dress I'd been wishing for for years, and so naturally we took some pictures to make a mock coke add.

How 'bout that. I ought to go to a sock hop.

And of course, the necessary summer strawberry harvest!!

This was actually going back to the farm for seconds after making the first round into jam.

There you can see in the lower right the Biggest Berry! Pictured individually here:

And for size comparison:

Here's some things were made with 'em.

Pie time!

I tried making this strawberry flavored cake. (As in, the cake part itself was flavored with them.) It didn't wow me, but it looks nice. They didn't have proper pink wafers at the store. >(

But in the morning they'd absorbed moisture from the cake and BURST OPEN!

Well, it was July 4th, so...

And, last but not least, here is my new big project! It's inspired by the anime Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Mystery-Solving Files, which we watched last lent! In the show, each episode features Katrielle Layton solving a mystery, and when she does, she compares said mystery to a dessert item! So I've gotten screenshots of each such incident from each such episode, and made it my mission to MAKE EACH SUCH DESSERT!

So we start here with!

Episode 1: Katrielle and the Mysterious House
Dessert: MilleFeuille Cake

Screenshot from the show

Millefeuille is basically a bunch of layers of puff pastry with some form of cream frosting and berries. I used this recipe.
Here's what I came up with!

Verdict: The cream in the recipe I found was a bit eggy for my taste, but it was good. If I make it again I might just go with plain ol' whipped cream.

Stay tuned for more Katrielle desserts!