August 4, 2007

Baking Bread in the Summer Kitchen



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

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 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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Temp 18°C
Pressure 101.9 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 65 %
Dewpoint 12°C
Wind NW 8 km/h

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Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

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