Jun. 10th, 2009

greenmama: (Default)

Okay, so here (greenmama.dreamwidth.org/3862.html ) I talk about how to make your own yogurt in the crockpot.  Easy, fun, and if you're not all Buy Organic Milk like me it's probably way cheaper than the store-bought stuff, especially if you go through it at your house like we do here. 

This is just an easy addendum recipe that I tried last time I made the stuff: the next challenge after making homemade yogurt is of course to flavor it.  The easiest way is honestly to just drizzle a little honey and cinnamon, or maple syrup, or hell even chocolate syrup over it.  Yummers.

But I really was curious about trying to do the whole fruit yogurt thing.  So this is what I did:

Place in a bowl a pound of fresh-frozen fruit. (I used triple berry mix.)  Sprinkle maybe 1/4 cup sugar over it  and maybe a tbs. lemon juice (opt) and stir. (Different fruits and different tastes will obviously have different ideas here about how much sugar to use, and whether to use the lemon juice!)  I also add a sprinkle of cinnamon to it.  Just let it sit there at room temperature until the fruit melts and gets all mooshy with the sugar. 

That's it.  Easiest thing in the world.

This stuff was amazing--just perfectly sweet, incredibly fruit-y.  Very runny, of course, and you could cook it over the stove and mix in a little cornstarch-or-flour-and-water mixture to thicken it, but for my purposes it really didn't need it.  I honestly don't know if it would work the same with fresh fruit, and I'm inclined to doubt it, because I suspect it's part of the frozenness that breaks down the fruit enough to behave like this.  But honestly, when I get fresh fruit I'm not likely to cook or moosh it up; we eat our fresh berries straight.

Drizzle to taste over your (strained and thickened) yogurt.  Or...well, you can also stand over the bowl with a spoon, like I did, but that sort of defeats the purpose. 

Alternative: mix to taste with the yogurt and then freeze in an ice cream machine for frozen yogurt.  This should be delish.  Try it with raspberries, and then drizzle a little chocolate sauce over it when you serve it.
(EDIT: Just to note, I probably won't actually mix and store the fruit and yogurt together, although once the yogurt is strained well it's fairly easy to do that.  I'd rather just keep plain gurt in the fridge and have an assortment of things to treat it with, way more flexible...)

Man, this weight loss thing stinks...I mean, yes, it's working, but I just once want to have a Big Pig Out, eat as much as I want of something...anything...

greenmama: (Default)

Last August we moved out of our tiny home into one that's not only a good bit bigger but also just plain better distributed--we can use the space we have here.  Kids each have their own small bedroom, our master bedroom is small but does the job, we have a respectable looking living room and a comfy (i.e. trashable) family room.  And there's my sewing room that becomes a guest room for the 6 days out of the year that we need one.

It's in general a great house.  There are only two major drawbacks: 1. no master bath, and 2. teeny teeny kitchen without even close to enough cabinet space.

This is actually a change from our other house which, though it was tiny, did have both a master bath and a lot of kitchen storage.  It had a whole pantry, bigger than the closet I now have, plus a nice big eat-in kitchen worth of cabinets.  The one we have now is long and skinny, broken up by a door to the garage and another door to the patio and in general wasting a good bit of what little space there is.

But we're making do.  We put some Ikea shelving units into the garage, so some of the not-every-day stuff can go there, like beer and soda, baking gear, empty containers waiting to be filled with things, herbal potions, etc.  Nothing froze over the winter, which was good.  And we have a second freezer in there too. (Greenmama needs her extra freezerspace!)

The whole adaptive process has been really good for me, though, in discovering what items of my kitchen I need and actually use, as opposed to those that are just kind of cool and I don't.  Because in this kitchen, if it's taking up space, it better be needed.

So it's made me take a good look at the things I really do use, the things without which life would be of questionable value (or, more to the point, the things without which we'd be ordering a lot more pizza).  For the moment I'm not going the Basic Pots And Pans route; I'm talking the other stuff.

Read more... )


greenmama: (Default)

December 2012

1617181920 2122


Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags