FOWC with Fandango: Adorn

How I learned to like the snow and it took 53 years of living in Switzerland. What is my secret, my recipe.?How did I overcome this hate of the white slippery stuff? It was easy.

  1. I gave up driving a car half a year ago
  2. I can order my requirements from the computer: groceries, clothing, household goods – quite simple and a prompt delivery
  3. Due to Mr. Covid it is recommended to stay at home

What could be better?

Even the snow does not bother my winged friends. They sit in the surrounding trees digesting the food I give them and make the scenery even more beautiful.

FOWC with Fandango: Adorn

RDP Friday: Fresh

There is nothing better than the smell and taste of fresh bread. I am sure you will agree. As I am no longer as mobile as I used to be and order groceries on line, it is now becoming a problem to have fresh bread daily, so I freeze it. Here you can see my supply in the deep freezer which would last about a week if necessary. This is a good solution, although frozen bread is frozen. After a week it still tastes as fresh as when you froze it, but a month or two later it will be begin to crumble when thawed for eating. It leaves a trail of crust remains on the bread board when cutting. My No. 1 autistic son will go to the store to fetch bread daily, that is no problem. He has his excuse to get out into town.

I have now made the decision to bake my own bread: perhaps not daily, but definitely a couple of times in the week. We are confronted with a pandemic, I am handicapped with my MS and so I decided this would be the best solution. Me being me and wanting to know it all, I have been doing some research on Aunty Internet examining various recipes and how to do it. I have discovered that the actual process of making the bread pastry is no big deal, it just need a little time to rise. We can organise yeast from my store delivery and flour is no problem, so what could possibly go wrong?

I also discovered that a baking tin would be a good idea for baking the bread in the correct form. I investigated my online supplier of various goods and discovered the ideal baking tin. The price was right and delivery will be made next week. At the same time I realised that my supply of plastic packing for my vaccum sealer for freezing groceries was at a low level, so that has also been ordered – 8 rolls, which should keep me going for part of the next year.

Yes, my home will soon be full of the freshly baked bread aroma – I hope. I have baked bread before, but it was many years ago, and only as an experiment and not a necessity. However, at the age of 74 you are never to old to learn. Next week the experiment will begin. After all the president and president elect of the states are my age, even older. If they can be president, I can definitely bake bread.

I have memories of visiting a friend in her farm house. Apparently farmers always bake their own bread and she was well equipped with her special bread baking oven. I visited her on Saturday when she baked our special platt bread for her family (she had 5 children) and her relations. However, I do not think I will begin to bake bread for the neighbours, but who knows.

RDP Friday: Fresh

Good Morning

First of all Happy New Year to all. I am sure it will be a better one than the last, it must be after what we all went through in the last. What a sight this morning when I looked out the window. It must have snowed throughout the night. It coated my garden completely, but it seems to be a friendly snow Not hard and freezing but soft to the touch.

I was just listening to one of my favourite classical pieces and thought I would share it: intermezzo from the Karelia Suite by Sibelius, something to begin the day with.

I did not wait for the New Year yesterday evening, although there would have been only a quarter of an hour to go. I was thinking of going to bed but the film “Sound of Music” was on the TV with Julie Andrews etc. I knew the story of the von Trapp family from Austria but had never seen the film, which has really nothing to do with the actual facts. However, I decided to watch and enjoy. It was typical kitsch, but brought back a few musical memories.

I was also busy at last making my cake. This time it was an orange cake. Instead of showing the finished product, which even Mr. Swiss found was great, I am showing the mess that you make when actually making a cake mixture. I even found a remainder of Cointreau which was almost a miracle in my non-alcoholic household, although I always have some red and white wine for cooking various meat dishes.. The recipe said two tablespoons of cointreau. I still have enough for a second cake. I am now toying with the idea of baking my own bread. Living a life of isolation due to the weather and Mr. Covid I have the time.

I am still making sure that our feathered friends have enough to eat in this Winter weather, although they disappear as soon as the notice a movement from my camera.

I also noticed paw prints in the snow this morning from our neighbouring cats.

And now to get down to a little housework, although I have everything under control. The only excitement at the moment is hearing the snow clearing machines on the road and our local estate. At least the paths are clear, although I am not going anywhere. Have a good day everyone, whether under snow or in the sunshine according to which part of the world you are in.