Just finished reading Mighty J's article about his *almost* disaster with the melting bowl, then the BBQue to make up for it! LOL
It reminded me to write an article about cooking.
I am in my 6th decade now, and have been cooking over 50 years! (God, how the time has flown!) I started learning to cook at about age 6, I'm sure it was in self-defense of my Mother's tries at cooking, and my step-father's powdered eggs and fried potatoes, cooked in lard! (and his Enchiladas that were more onion than enchilada). By age 8, I was cooking about three times a week for 9 people!
So by the time I left home, my place became the *go-to* place for any and all Holiday meals for everyone! In those early years of cooking, I learned to make anything I cooked from *scratch*, there weren't any other choices.
Back in the day...............when my children were young, there still was little to NO extra $$$, so I started buying whole fresh milk, by the gallon jar, at a farm near me. I skimmed off the cream, saved some for the oatmeal, and used the rest to make butter. I also had to learn how to make bread.
Do you know how much three growing boys and a girl can EAT?!! I would make 4 loaves of bread at a time, twice a week! Pancakes and biscuits on the week-ends. Even home made syrup, jams and Jelly. We were very fortunate to have an apricot tree in our yard, mmmm apricot pineapple jam!
I look back on that and think: NO WONDER I got lazy after they grew up and left! LOL I was usually working at least two jobs and sometimes even three, since no child support was ever forth coming from ex-husbands! (two)
Anyway, back to the bread. I just decided about a month ago, that even with RA and a bread machine (I got from my mom when she passed), that I like home made bread a lot more than store bread. I also have a mixer with dough hooks, but I have decided that the old wooden spoons and kneading is probably better for the RA, despite the pain that comes afterwards, that it is probably good for my muscles, to use them.
About three weeks ago I made a sour-dough starter, and today, I just finished mixing up and kneading my first sour-dough, home made bread in about 30 years!
I'm excited, but a little trepidatious about how it will work out! It's on its first rise now, and I've just finished *feeding* the starter to multiply it again for later use.
I've been making plain white bread, and potato bread up to now, so I'm hoping the new adventure into Sourdough will be a success.
Even though I can buy a pound or so of butter each month now and don't have to make it anymore, there's almost nothing to compare with a fresh slice of warm bread, slathered with butter! :-)