Burningman Wood Pendants

I’ve been making wooden pendants as gifts almost every year I’ve been to Burning Man- first with our longtime Transit Lounge camp, and then most recently for Cacao Camp. It’s a ton of work, but well worth it because many people enjoy a more natural, handmade gift. So many of …

Babka

I adapted this recipe from Babcii’s original recipe, but added more butter for more richness.  I’m following the Tartine recipe otherwise.  Makes 2 Babkas. Make the night before: Poolish Levan Then, the next day: 1000g flour 200g sugar 25g salt 10g instant yeast 4 cups of raisins (half golden, half …

Wild mushroom buscuits

from http://www.mssf.org/cookbook/chanterelle.html Mushroom Biscuits Makes 12 biscuits This quick biscuit recipe is especially good when fresh chanterelles are in season. Other mushrooms can be substituted. 1 small onion, minced 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 pound chanterelles, chopped into small pieces 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1-1/2 teaspoons salt …

Cider 2016

Plan to ferment single-varietal ciders so we can taste the flavors of each, and then blend them afterward. I posted on nextdoor.com for local apples, and I got a lot of responses: Apples: Red Gravenstein from Curt’s place in Sebastapol Old apples and drops, very waxy when pressed.  Sweated for …

Apple grinder and press

After looking for apple grinder plans, I found the one from Woodgears to be the best design for me.  The first year, 2015, I ground some crabapples using the hand-crank method of grinding, and it worked pretty well, and I used my bench vice with some cutting boards and plastic …

Crabapple Cider 2015

Making a test batch of cider using local bittersharp crabapples from the house at the corner of Mangels and Nordhoff 35 lbs apples Made 2.5 gallons of juice Ground apples with my apple grinder Pressed them through cheesecloth on my workbench vise! (with some extra plastic wrap around everything) 2015/12/6: …

Wild Fermented Mead 2015

Washed Wax Mead: Started on 2015/10/11, using “washed wax” method of just adding water to the crushed honeycomb after it drips through to make the honey. 2015/10/11: Initial Gravity: 1.11 Primary ferment ok, strong.  (ran some through blender to aerate it) 1 week vacation during primary ferment- no stirring, and …

Quick Pickles

These quick pickles are a good balance of acid and sweetness, and maintain a good crunch for a year or so.  To make them, just cut up some middle-aged or younger pickling cucumbers and stuff them in jars with the herbs and any other additions (dill, carrots, peppers, etc).  Cover …

Yonah Shimmel perpetual yogurt starter

I read about the Yonah Schimmel perpetual yogurt start in Sandor Katz’s book “The Art of Fermentation” and have wanted to try it for some time. Finally my friend Jeff Stutz was in New York and brought me a jar of it in July 2015!  It was surprisingly runny and …

Naturally fermented mead 2014

Notes from the 2014 Mead batch:  Followed a similar process as last year, but since one batch was skunked after the full fermentation, I paid more attention to measuring the specific gravity over time, and also keeping the bottles sealed with the airlocks as much as possible. So, this year, …