The joys of a summer kitchen! Two baking pans went into the Nesco this morning. The first was a loaf of bread, the first to be baked in the new oven. The second was a pan of sliced potatoes and onions. Both went into the oven at the same time.
The bread took ten minutes longer to bake in the Nesco than it usually does in the range oven. The baking results were quite differently in the Nesco, as the parts of the loaf in contact with the pan were well browned and slightly crispy, while the top of the loaf was not browned at all. In the range oven it is the opposite, the top of the loaf is a very crispy brown and the sides and bottom of the loaf are browned very little. After taste testing the Nesco loaf, Attila and I both agreed that we prefer the bread baked in the Nesco.
The potatoes and onions baked as expected. They released moisture as they baked, which helped keep the loaf of bread quite moist. I would definitely bake them together again.
The day was sunny and very warm, but not hot. The humidity was low. It was another perfect summer day. It was still relatively cool when I went for my walk bright and early this morning. I managed to get out of the house before 8:00 A.M., and so had the road to myself. It is the Civic Holiday long weekend and there are people everywhere, but not before 8:00 A.M. it seems.
The air is filled with the many happy sounds of weekend visitors. Nearby a group of teenage boys play some sort of game; their cheers and camaraderie fill the air. It is an altogether pleasant sound. Other cottagers promenade down the road with their pets on leashes. Still others drive back and forth to town, and who knows where else. Everyone seems in an exceedingly good humour.
Yesterday, one group of summer people left their garbage in a locked bin by the side of the road. Last night a bear attempted to break into the bin, threw it about but did not manage to crack it. We did not see or hear anything. This morning it was lying upside down in the middle of the road. By mid morning a jolly group of youths made they’re down their driveway and with many good-natured shouts and instructions to each other, managed to get it righted.
We still need rain; each day things are a little bit dryer. The fire hazard rating is very high right now. The weather station predicts rain next week; I hope they are right.
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By the Easy Chair
by Jane Rule
"The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance."
Laurence J. Peter
US educator & writer (1919 - 1988)
"Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it."
George Santayana (1863 - 1952), Winds of Doctrine (1913) ch. 4
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Pressure 101.9 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 65 %
Wind NW 8 km/h
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