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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Baking Today

Cornbread and a Scottish Scone

I got up this morning deciding it was a good day to do some baking. Other than a couple of times a week making muffins, I have not done much baking in quite a while. Being a single father for so many years I learned to cook like the other "mothers", more correctly like the mothers of my mother's generation as so many of the women I have know did as little cooking as possible, and even less baking.

In my house, June does the shopping and she feeds herself and David and I take care of myself.
June "cooks" a lot of easy prepackaged food and only once in a while makes what I would call a meal. There is only so much Kraft dinner and wieners, one can eat.

I like to cook from scratch using basic foods, not only for the reduced cost of it but also because preparing the food is part of the experience of eating. But recently, I noticed there were few basic items in the house, with which to make a meal so I went shopping yesterday to replenish the pantry. I feel a need for some properly prepared food so I started today with a little baking.
Besides the cornbread and the scone in the picture above I made a banana bread, which I can smell baking in the oven as I write this.

I think it is time to once again make some yeast breads, as I used to do weekly. I also have the urge to make some pies with the berries from last summer's picking. I had planned to make some puff pastry ( I would have made it today if I had not forgotten to buy some real butter yesterday) to use in making some "pigs in a blanket". This will have to wait.

The problem with giving in to the urge to bake and cook is that there are not enough of us here to eat it all. David certainly enjoys it and is a pleasure to cook for. June, like myself, could do with eating less baking. I may have to share some of it with a neighbour. I am sure my dog, Heidi, will eat some baking if it starts to go stale.

I must find something other than a cook book to read! . . . . .or at least start reading the soup section.

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At 1:33 p.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

You're impressing me again, Philip.

At 1:33 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

don't worry, come spring you will work off all those baked calories! LOL Bread looks really good!

At 9:15 p.m., Blogger Clare said...

Your baked goods look yummy, Phil! And soup really is the perfect companion to bread!

At 1:50 a.m., Blogger Gattina said...

Apparently you enjoy cooking and baking, so don't complain about women, lol ! I loved to cook when I was in my 30th it really became a hobby, but I never baked a cake or bread. Now I still prepare meals I never buy fast food but I lost my enthousiasm. Now my son considers himself as the best cook of the world and uses up all my cook books ! It has become his hobby, lol !

At 6:25 a.m., Blogger possum said...

OK, I am impressed. I almost never use packaged foods. Maybe once or twice a year I will buy a frozen Lasagna... but that is it. However, I have not made bread since I was a kid and I had to help my stepfather. That cured me of ever wanting to try it myself - except for Pumpkin bread and corn bread.
Pick up a vegetarian cookbook... just for a change of pace - lots of interesting meals there!
Just went back and looked at your cornbread. I can almost smell it! YUM!

At 9:03 a.m., Blogger KGMom said...

You've certainly been energetic.
Cornbread is a favorite in our house--in fact we have gotten into the habit of making and having cornbread for Sunday breakfast. It also makes for a good supper.

A favorite cookbook of mine is Cooking More with Less--written by a Mennonite woman, the emphasis is on nourishing foods that take care not to overuse the earth's resources.

My daughter has recommended I read The Omnivore's Dilemma. Have you heard of it?

At 10:30 a.m., Blogger amelia said...

That scone sure looks good!!

I bake a lot but fortunately for me I don't have a sweet tooth, I don't even like chocolate!My hubby polishes off all the things I make and my kids are always requesting things when I see them so it all gets eaten.

At 1:43 p.m., Blogger edifice rex said...

I know what you mean about not having anyone to eat all that baking. So, when I get the urge I take a lot of it to the guys at work. They seem to enjoy the muffins and pies. I don't care for much sweets but like to cook a lot of that from scratch.

At 4:01 p.m., Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Philip
I'd love your Cornbread recipe... I have heard so much about this bread but never thought to make it myself.
I have a post running that shows my old land rover in action... if you get the time hop over.
Wiggers World

At 9:59 p.m., Blogger Rachel said...

Looks good! I love yeast bread and have been thinking of baking some myself. Home cooked food is the best, no doubt about that.

At 10:13 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! and did you save me any?
Did you invite me over for a crumb or two?
Good job Philip!

At 12:36 a.m., Blogger Laurie said...

You've made me hungry now...


At 12:14 p.m., Blogger Janet said...

The Mountain Man does most of the cooking here, because he enjoys it and I absolutely do not, but I LOVE baking. It's different. I've tried a couple of times to do a yeast bread but our house is so cold I can't get it to rise properly.

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