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Fotzelheu

August 8, 2011

Had it for dinner. It’s a Swiss dish that you create with stale bread, haven’t had this since I was a kid and it is AWESOME!

  • Take stale bread, (artisan type farm white bread with a crust.)
  • Cut thin wedges off it, always with some crust.
  • Melt butter in a pan, enough to toast the bread wedges golden brown on both sides on relatively low (45%) heat.
  • Whisk together an egg and milk mixture, use slightly less milk than eggs, add some salt and a bit of sugar, to make it not too sweet. Keep some milk aside.
  • When the bread is roasted golden, drizzle some milk over it (don’t drown it).
  • Pour the egg/milk mixture over the bread and cover for about a minute, still on low (45%) heat.
  • Uncover and turn the bread. It’s ready when the egg/milk mixture has set.
  • Eat with fruit salad, fruit preserves, or stir some cherries or other fruit into the mixture in the last few minutes.

I guess it’s part bread pudding and part french toast. Why haven’t I done this dish before? You need good old fashioned bread, not the mushy, squeezy, sliced wonder loafs that are disguised as bread in Canada.

We are lucky, we have incredibly good bakeries here in the Comox Valley, so something that I enjoyed and cherished in my youth (waaay back), is actually, finally available again; great breads, made from scratch, by real bakers. Hence Fotzelheu!

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Tax season…

April 21, 2011

…sucks!

It’s the same every year. I know it’s coming. I try to organize myself throughout the year to cut down on the prep work. But as soon as I start thinking about working on the inevitable tax paper pile, the incurable, stubborn procrastination virus that lies dormant during the year, flares up with a vengeance. The doctors say it’s an allergy.

So far today I’ve gone for a long walk on the beach with Fritzi; he followed me like a little scared lamb with his tail hanging because he heard the shots fired on the nearby shooting range. Had brunch. Then I did a bit of catching up with my newsgroups, learned that I could fix my sticking N key on my notebook computer myself (probably). Busied myself with organizing my garbage bins and empty cans/bottles. Did a bit of browsing on the web. Read a long newsletter about using an aspect of thesis all the way through. Got some ideas as to what to do next with one of my projects. Sent a short note to Ramona in Korea. Paid a bill for Gerri’s estate, and now I am writing this.

Fritzi has finally relaxed and is sleeping. I keep hearing the accountant who called a couple of days ago “…are you bringing your tax stuff in this year?” The only way to get rid of this tax procrastination virus is getting to the tax pile and organize it…

GOING!

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