April 27, 2009


This seems to be a cause for great merriment in the Blue States:

So Long, Pardner: Comment: The New Yorker

but I think it is important to see what this really means.

Perry has been a horrible governor for the State of Texas. He is now pandering to the lowest denominator of Texas reactionaries that he can find to try and preserve his job. I hope that Kay Baily Hutchinson (whom he is now calling Kay "Bailout" Hutchinson) does not rise to the bait.

Thank goodness that Texas has a very weak governor system. Otherwise Perry (The Hairdo) could have made real trouble for us.

Sauerkraut day 7

Here is the crock with the scum (A tiny bit of mold, and some Carbon Dioxide bubbles) skimmed off. There is plenty of kraut juice.

It looks like the fermentation has changed from Leuconostoc to the lactic acid pathways.

We tasted the cabbage and it tastes sort of halfway between sauerkraut and cabbage. Still very, very crunchy, but you are starting to get some of the sourness you associate with sauerkraut
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April 20, 2009

More on homemade sauerkraut

You can see how much brine there is here - after just a few minutes

You weight down the cabbage with a jar of water

Then cover the fermenation vessel with a cotton cloth.

Then you wait with baited breath to see how it will turn out!
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Home made sauerkraut

I have been obsessing about homemade sauerkraut for years. Recently, I have found several websites that talk about how easy it is to do.

Additionally, my sister Melanie is a professor of Molecular Biology at Pitt and uses sauerkraut as one of her classes on fermenation. She has a friend who makes it, and says that the homemade stuff is much better than the store bought stuff.

SInce I make my own bread every week (by hand) and roast my own coffee, that resonated with me.

I was worried that Houston would be too warm for the Leuconostoc mesenteroides bacterium to thrive (according to McGee it needs 65 to 70 degrees F) but my sister assured me that it will live from 68 to 86. So it should be fine.

Doreen and I took today off, so we decide to jump right in with the process.

Here is the cabbage

Here it is, shredded

Here I am, mixing in the salt

You can see that the brine has already formed. No water was added to this cabbage.
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April 13, 2009

Clarence Thomas

Sidebar - A Reticent Justice Opens Up to a Group of Students - NYTimes.com:

Money Quote:

“I have to admit,” he said, “that I’m one of those people that still thinks the dishwasher is a miracle. What a device! And I have to admit that because I think that way, I like to load it. I like to look in and see how that dishes were magically cleaned.”"

Sauerkraut Recipe.

I want to try this:

Wild Fermentation :: Making Sauerkraut is Easy!

My sister is a molecular biologist and uses homemade sauerkraut in her classes as an example of fermentation.

I want to make some at home and try it out. One problem is that Houston is pretty warm for the fermentation.

April 12, 2009

After Dinner

Side yard roses

Our neighbor's house (John and Vernon)

Blaze with her Bucket Head on

Brown Anole looking like a little Dinosaur
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Easter Dinner


The Bunny

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Dinner Plated

The Ham

The Ensemble

The Spider Cake

The eager diners
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Spider Cake

Sometimes called Spoon Bread. It is delicious and easy:

Melk 2 T butter in a 12" shallow pan

Mix 4t vinegar with 2C milk and let clabber

Mix 1C white flour, 3/4 C yellow Cornmeal, 3/4 C sugar, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 t baking soda together

whisk 2 egss into clabbered milk

add liquid to solid ingredients and whisk together. Pour carfeully into melted butter.

Add 1 c of heavy cream to the center of the pan (do not mix)

put in 350 degree preheated over for 45 minutes until golden brown

Let sit for about 10 minutes and serve.

Serve with maple syrup or other condiments. We use Steen's Cane Syrup.
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Easter Dinner Prep

We had grilled Asparagus:

Spider Cake and Ham:

I glazed the ham with CocaCola and Brown Sugar:

It was pouring down rain when Doreen was at Church:

She was praying for our immortal souls.
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