I have neglected the blog this year! I know that. I have some long-term projects coming up -
- a master post on coffee, putting everything I know in one place;
- peanut miso;
- black-eyed pea miso (okay, probably several kinds of miso);
- ramp nukazuke;
- ramp jack cheese, my first homemade hard cheese;
- but of course that does nothing to update the blog in the short-term.
Let me catch us up.
Lent: I ended Lent early, albeit bit by bit. Not to be one of those internet people who makes a big deal out of going to the gym, but ... I joined the gym. During Lent. Now, I know there are vegetarians who have no trouble working out on a regular basis, of course, but I'm not a vegetarian - I'm a meat-eater who was avoiding meat. My protein cravings after the gym were just too great, and no amount of fish was doing the trick.
Easter: So Easter wasn't the "welcome back to me, meat!" celebration it usually is, but it was still pretty great. We made pulled ham muffulettas. The "pulled ham" was a pork roast that I cured for a week before smoking it until it fell apart. We piled that on muffuletta bread with olive salad, blanched chopped greens, sharp provolone, salami, and mortadella:
More recently, Caitlin and I spent a week at the lake to celebrate her birthday. It's still cold up there - we watched the ice melt on the lake over the first couple days - and everything is pretty empty.
But it also meant there weren't crowds anywhere. We thought about going back to Sandwich Creamery, but it was muddy in enough places that I didn't trust the car on those winding dirt hills. We did make a pretty amazing find at the supermarket - locally foraged blue oyster mushrooms.
These were delicious, and kept their texture during cooking - I browned some chicken thighs with fennel seed, added a handful of cloves of garlic, the mushrooms, and most of a bottle of white wine, and popped it in the oven until the wine had reduced down to a glaze.
More mushroom stuff coming later this week, plus ramps and nettles! It's sorta kinda spring!