Easy like Sunday...
This picture above of our furriend Spot (kitty boy of Mrs Q and the babyboybean Darian) was taken awhile ago but Momma likes it very much so we agreed to post it here since we like Spot too and his Momma does not show many pic of his handsome mancatness on hers bloggie anymore.
And momma was baking and fussing in the kitchen as always. We also needs lots of rest after the visit of Mrs Q and fambly. Don't get us wrong we do not mind them bisiting but since we are good hosts we are always lacking lots of napping time afterwards...
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Croissants ala BBB
Rye Bread with Cheese
Any recipe you choose is fine as long as it incorporate cheese as a major flavor. Want to bake the bread and add the cheese later? Go ahead, I have nothing against grilled cheese sandwiches or quesidillas.So I was thrilled when I flipped through the issue 2009/01 of "Kochen und Küche" an Austrian food magazine and saw that they featured several bread recipes. AND they even used rye and spelt mostly so I needn't bother with substituting wheat and the likings... I lost my heart at a recipe called "Käsebrot" (translated it would simply be "Cheese bread") made basically with rye, sourdough and spelt. So I frolickingly reached into my fridge to have an appointment with Harry (my rye sourdough) and give him some nice feedings to make him cooperate with my planned bread baking. Well Harry was a little naughty and didn't want to cooperate at first but after some serious talks between the two of us and some extra power feedings he decided to give in just when I was up and about to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mary.
My thoughts:The dough was very dry and therefore a bit hard to work with. I added additional water. I think next time I'd only use 200 gram whole rye and about 200 gram spelt or rise the amount of water drastically. The taste is good tho. I slight aftertaste of sourdough and cheese. Not to much but enough to notice it. The crumb is s bit dense but it think this is due to the lacking amount of water... I should have added a bit more water as I already did. Otherwise it was really easy to work with and tastes good. It's not perfect tho. :) I think this would also be nice to made into bread rolls. bbdbreadbakingday
Weekend Cat Blogging #190 - updated
- Board the Friday Ark at The Modulator (submit your post here)
- Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos is hosted by Miz Pet and the Bengal Brats (submit your post here or via mail at festivalchaos AT gmail [dot] com)
- The Carnival of the Cats #254 - House Panthers (submit your post here or via mail at carnivalofthecats AT gmail [dot] com)
- Samantha shows her 13 faces - oh what cute faces these are!
- Mr Tigger and his fellow mancats are still cellybrating the 1st Anniversary of the M-Cats Club. Come by and cellybrate with us. You can even win a prize!
- Sammy and Miles Meezer are cellybrating "National answer your cats questions day" - belated because their mommy didn't ditell them...
- Billy Gingersnap is inviting everybody to come and DANCE DANCE DANCE!!
- Miz Mog and her kitties Cece and Meowza are joining us again this weekend. Awww we can't imagine a weekend without thems. Oh and Sally says *hi* to Meowza *hehe*
- Vincent = Gladys Kravitz? You decide. Over at Judi's!
- Cats are very good kitchen helpers. See? Patchouli is helping too!
- Cat have fun with books too. Reading them or chewing on them...
- Maruschka is showing off her pretty face at Rosa's!
- Luna is home, as Amar has come back from China and they show some nice pics of China Cats.
Irish Cottage Pie
Irish Cottage Pie
- Brown the beef in a frying pan. There is no need to add oil, as the meat is fatty enough.
- Finely chop the onion and lightly fry in a little butter until clear. Add the onions to the beef along with the mixed herbs and some pepper.
- Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir and cook for 3 - 4 minutes Cover with beef stock and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Peel, chop and boil the potatoes for 20 minutes until cooked.
- Once the meat is cooked, skim off the excess fat, then boil rapidly to reduce the liquid until it just covers the mince and onions.
- Drain the potatoes very well until completely dry. Mash until smooth and free of any lumps.
- Add butter to the mashed potato, taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Add enough milk to make the mash very soft (heavy mash will not float properly on top of the mince).
- Put beef mixture in a shallow oven proof dish. Spread the mash on top of the meat and brush the tops of the potatoes with melted butter.
- Cook in a hot oven for about 30-50 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Harry oh Harry!! The uncooperative sourdough...
Easy like Sunday... sorry no recipe tho
Easy like Sunday...
Kitties, kitties what have you been doing all day long?
Weekend Cat Blogging #189
We cannot say anfor goodbye so we say: 'till we meet again at the Rainbow Bridge!
We just learned that another two of our bloggin' friends left us for the Rainbow Bridge as well this week, we will meet you all there one day friends!!
Be sure not to miss the weekend activities:
- Finally Friday was started by Gandalf and Grayson
- Board the Friday Ark at The Modulator (submit your post here)
- Weekend Cat Blogging #189 with Miz Mog and Kitties at Mind of Mog
- Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos is hosted by Samantha and the Tuxies at New Tuxedo Gang Hideout and it is all about football!! (submit your post here or via mail at festivalchaos AT gmail.com)
- The Carnival of the Cats #253 - Nico and Cloud (submit your post here or via mail at carnivalofthecats AT gmail.com)
Soft White Bread from "Bäcker Süpke"
My thoughts:I made this bread twice so far and we really liked it. First time I made it I followed the instructions of Bäcker Süpke quite strictly, except for the flour of course. I turned out very well. The only thing we did not like was a slight too yeasty aftertaste when the bread was eaten untoasted. If you toast it the aftertaste went away nearly completely. So second time I made it I tweaked the recipe a bit (my apologies to the master baker): I used 20 gram yeast instead of 30 and let it rise a bit longer (not too long tho). I liked the second batch better as the yeasty taste was totally gone. The crumb was perfect tho and it toasted really well. The recipe and bread itself is definitely a keeper! Thank you Bäcker Süpke!
We loves you Daisy!
Way to go Daisy (and Daisy's Mom of course) & Thank you!
Mancat Monday? No! hehehe
*hihihi* this is supposed to be Mancat Monday, right?But ME has taken ofur the bloggie and sneaked a post to show you this cutest pic of ME. The Ladey says ME looks like a little kitten and noone can seem ME ginnormus butt and belleh... ME finks the second part is kinda rude from her but ME guesses ME will forgive her anyway... She is a nice Ladey after all! Anyhoo. ME brofur Pepi rather'd have another brofur than anofur sisfur so ME was working hard to act mancatly so ME can be a honorary prentend-to-be brofur for hims. ME likes hims furry much., we wants him to likes me too!
Carnival of the Cats #252
HEY BILLY !!!
DOES YOU WANT TO COME AND PLAYPLAYPLAY IN THE BATH TUBE WIF ME??
Weekend Cat Blogging #188
Food-o-grafie #2 - Objektive / Lenses
Othello and Salome sharing the cat condo It is furry nice to share the cat condo with our siblings. Salome likes to be on the very top and Momma putted us fuzzy warm balkits ther too to snuggle, 'CCause when it is feakin' cold outside the walls get quite chilly... We are glad it is Friady already. Momma isn't fully recovered from being ill but she gotted to work already and we finkds she needs some quality prime snuggling... plus we are hosting The Carnival of the Cats here this Sunday, so please keep your submissons coming we will have lots and lots of fun! Oh and please do not forget the Bad Kitty Cats Festival - we are a little bit sad that there haf not been very much entries lately... Up for sum weekend fun?
bbd #16 - Bread with Cheese
Any recipe you choose is fine as long as it incorporate cheese as a major flavor. Want to bake the bread and add the cheese later? Go ahead, I have nothing against grilled cheese sandwiches or quesidillas. After you post your cheese with bread baking experience on your blog, send your entry to me, at Tblackthorne AT gmail DOT com, with the following information: Subject line of the email should begin with BBD16.See an overview of all previous roundups here at Kochtopf.
The deadline is the 1st of Febuary and I should have the roundup posted by the 5th.
- Kindly include in English the following details:Your name, Your location, Your website's name, your bread's name and URL of the posting the bread(s) you chose to make
- Finally, attach a photo of your creation, size does not matter I will resize as needed (bigger is better).
- If your blog is not in English, then please send me a translation of your post in English or create the BBD post on your blog in English.
- If you do not have a blog but would like to be a part of this event, please send me your recipe and write-up (with picture, if possible) and I will include it in the round-up.
Toesies on Toesday
Three Kings Day with Kings Cake
I would like to know your king cake and family tradition on the Three Kings Day. You have no family tradition? Bake a traditional Galette des rois, Roscón de Reyes, Bolo Rei, King Cake, Dreikönigskuchen or give your fantasy full scope and create your very own King Cake as I did last year.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="We do not have a tradition for Ephiphany, so I leaned towards the Swiss version"][/caption] I found a version of the Swiss Dreikönigskuchen here.
- Mix flour, sugar, salt and lemon in a bowl. Melt the butter and add the cold milk. Add yeast. Stir the egg and add flour mix. Knead to a soft dough. Add cranberries and the token and distribute them evenly in the dough.
- Tear dough apart and form six or eight pieces the size of a fist. You may form one bigger piece as the center piece of the cake. Arrange the pieces around the center piece as shown in the picture above. Place the cake of a well buttered form.
- Let grow in a warm place until the size has doubled. Let cool for about one hour. Before baking, sweep with the yellow of an egg.
- Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes in the lower part of the pre-heated oven at about 225 degree Celsius (440 degree Fahrenheit).
Little Christmas, or Nollaig Bheag in Irish, is one of the traditional names in Ireland for January 6, more commonly known in the rest of the world as the Epiphany. It is so called because it was the day on which Christmas Day was celebrated under the Roman calendar, before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. It is the traditional end of the Christmas season and the last day of the Christmas holidays. Little Christmas is also referred to as Women's Christmas (Nollaig na mBan in Irish), or sometimes even Women's Little Christmas. It is so called because of the tradition, which is still very strong in Cork, of Irish men taking on all the household duties for the day and giving their spouses a day off. Most women will either hold parties or go out to celebrate the day with their friends, sisters, mothers, aunts etc. Bars and restaurants usually have a majority female clientele on this night. Children often buy presents for their mothers and grandmothers, and it resembles Mother's Day in this respect. source: wikipediaI hope you all had a nice last day of Christmas!
Carnival of the Cats #252 - coming to Vienna.
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