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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Is it Summer yet?

August 8, 2011

OK, you could say it’s Summer now. We’ve had a few days of brilliant sunshine and sparkly water. I did say ‘days’, didn’t I? I am not complaining, the breeze keeps the air cool enough to sleep well at night, and I’ve not yet worn all the summer Ts I have. The air conditioning in the car has been on twice for a few minutes, otherwise, open windows were cooling enough. What’s so great about this coolish weather and wet start is that Sieffert’s (farm stand close by) veggies and fruits are first class, plump and sweet, even if they are a little late.

Weather in mid-June
Weather in mid-June

Pink star fish, only visible on low tide in summer
The tides are low enough in summer to see these beautiful pink (or purple) star fish.

It’s been busy here in August. The Studio is booked, I’ve  been working steadily on new projects, or on Geeky Bits. This year I have restored 3 computers so far that have been completely trashed by malware infections. I’ve written about this on Geeky Bits. Friends, really, read it and get with it! Restoring computers is not my favourite pass time.

And there is always Fritzi. He doesn’t like the heat, toddles slowly behind me with his pink tongue hanging out when it is too warm. I’ve started carrying water, we now have water rocks on our route, where he drinks, otherwise he gets really parched. Water rocks? Well yes, Fritzi jumps on a big rock and gets his water, I don’t have to bend down… You did know that dogs don’t sweat, right? They have sweat glands in their feet and not elsewhere, they pant to push hot air out. So, if I am happy that the summer is relatively cool, Fritzi is much more so.

Too bright!
Too bright for Fritzi.

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