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WORD Week 18

Posted in 52 Weeks-52 Words, Cancer, health care, Musings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by madelincwolf

Another week has gone by.  I have an appointment next Wednesday with the Dr. who will perform my surgery and I am not looking forward to it.  My therapist told me that I need some distractions so that I won’t keep going to that dark place where I dwell on my fears and feel paralyzed.  I told him that TV was working somewhat.  He suggested that I do something more than that. Like walking, for one thing.  So, that’s the word this week: DISTRACTION.

My first instinct is to say that I must face this head on and not put my head in the sand.  Perhaps that would work well for someone who does not worry about everything in the world that could go wrong when it comes to any disagreeable situation one has to face.  Therein lies the dilemma. Will the information I find fuel my fears or defuse them?  I want to find out everything there is to know about this operation; I watched a couple of You Tube videos and surprisingly, that calmed me a bit. The operation using the da Vinci machine seemed to proceed better than the regular laparoscopic surgery.  Of course it all depends on the skill of the Dr.  I will have many questions.

As far as DISTRACTION goes, last month I participated in NaNoWriMo’s set-your-own-word-count, write-what-you-want extravaganza.  I made my 10,0000 words and got my certificate.  I also have just about finished my 3′ x 3′ quilt for the Annual  Berkeley Public Library Quilt Show which starts on May 8, coincidentally.  I have been trying and buying new hot sauces at Heat Hot Sauce Shop here in Berkeley: ( ).   I love hot food!  While I am on this food thing, I distract myself at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market stopping by Flacos Tacos( most Saturdays for their  Banana Leaf Tamal with hot sauce, of course.  It is such a wonderful combination of flavors and is vegetarian, although you wouldn’t know it.  Wow, I guess I am pretty good at DISTRACTIONalready!  Who knew?


Making Sourdough Bread

Posted in Baking Bread, Food with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2012 by madelincwolf


Yesterday I made sourdough bread.  I had my daughter take a few pictures because I wanted to try making a .GIF animation to show the kneading action.  I discovered that my very old copy of PS did not have animation capabilities.  Oh well.  Then I decided to drag and drop the photos instead of selecting and inserting each separately.  I wasn’t sure how gallery works, so I clicked on them individually anyway.  So, they are all stuck together.  There was a slideshow option; that might have been better.

This recipe has a two-step mixing process.  The flour water and salt are mixed first and left to rest 10 minutes.  Then the starter is added plus more flour if necessary. I think it is an odd way to mix it but I haven’t tried to mix it any other way.  Chicken, I guess.   I put the dough in the refrigerator the night before and took it out yesterday.  The rising took about 8 hours since the  dough had to warm up first.  The wonderful thing about sourdough is that you don’t add any other yeast.  I find it amazing that this works.  Rising times are definitely longer giving me plenty of time to do other things.  I love the smell of it baking and have to have some almost right away.  I let it cool about 10 minutes before cutting it because everyone knows that the bread police will get  me if I don’t!  Supposedly it can give you a tummy ache if you eat it hot right out of the oven. Pshaw, I say!


Baking Bread

Posted in Baking Bread, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2012 by madelincwolf


Wednesday my daughter and I made pizza from scratch.  Sorry, no pix as it is history!  Anyway, we had old packages of yeast  two of which we proofed before trying to bake with it.  Since I hate to throw anything away, I decided to make some baguettes.  I kept the dough in the fridge until yesterday and then made these.  I think a bit more salt would have given the bread more flavor.  Of course, that’s what butter is for.  Meanwhile, I began increasing the amount of sourdough starter so I can make sourdough bread on Saturday.  This starter came from the Cheese Board… it’s 35 years old!  When I told the guy who was cutting cheese for my other daughter that I had their cookbook and had made some of the recipes he asked me if I would like some!  Are you kidding?  “Yes!!”  I’m thrilled!  I have caught wild yeast to make my own starter ( an 11 day process) and let it get old without feeding it during my husband’s illness.  So, now I am going to be good to my starter (in the bowl under the kitchen towel) and feed it every month if I don’t make bread.  Have you ever made sourdough bread?  Success?  Dismal failure?  Please share your experience in a comment.  I’d love to hear about it!


Is it ART?

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by madelincwolf

I believe that cooking is an art form.  When I went veggie shopping at Berkeley Bowl West, I came across a bag of Key Limes from Colima, Mexico for $1.89.  I have a friend, ( Hi Diane!) who lives in Colima so I had to buy them.  Now, I’ve never made a Key Lime Pie before. I used a recipe by Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network site.   I don’t care for Graham cracker crust so substituted  regular.  My crust slumped, so it is now “rustic.”  It took quite awhile to get the juice out of those tiny limes!  Baking is an art, and playing photo shoot was my “Make Art” for today.  Oh, the pie was absolutely delicious! ( I also made a Barley and Mushroom ‘Risotto,’  Pasta with Garlic and Kale, and something I call Mexican Lasagna made with chili, flour tortillas, cheese and sour cream – a big hit.)  Whew!

The First Piece

Key Lime Pie