Beans, the Musical Fruit

One pound of dry navy beans in chicken stock, with frozen Cajun style sausages and a big yellow onion. I gave them 30 minutes in the Instapot but that wasn’t enough, so I went 15 minutes more.  Basic cornbread recipe.  It was all good.

Gadget Post – Pour Over Coffee Pot

The new, new coffee pot arrived today, a day later than promised.  (I will note that Amazon no longer lavishes the extra month of Prime on complainers.)
I picked up some filters for it yesterday but didn’t get the right size although these #4s work well enough.  A #2 filter is what I needed but when I saw that there was more than one size a quick fumble on my phone didn’t tell me what I wanted to know in the 30 seconds I allotted the search.  The picture of the pot on Amazon didn’t really help because there wasn’t any way to see the scale.  There was nothing in the product description because they provide a permanent filter but those don’t trap all the sludge.
I think this will be my daily driver although I may upsize everything. The coffee was very good and the clean up was easy.

Smoked Shoulder

This puppy spent the night in a 225° smoker with peach wood supplying the smoke.  I had in mind pulled pork sammiches but I took a few slices for a nice lunch.I think roasted cauliflower is my new favorite veggie.  I sliced a head and tossed it with salt and olive oil with a generous sprinkling of garlic powder.  It went 20 minutes at 375° but it looked like it would need more heat to get a nice toasting so I bumped it up to 400° and after 10 minutes more it was looking presentable.

Gadget Post – French Press

We like our coffee so this was a natural for us.  I’ve been passing on them for ages because they seemed too fussy and inconvenient.  They do make good coffee.  This one is a Mueller.  It is well built and should last a good while.  We are still experimenting with timing and the coffee/water ratio but we’re closing in on what we like.  Still, it is fussy and inconvenient.  The grounds are kept out of the coffee pour but it delivers a good load of silt.  I have another style of coffee maker coming, one that you pour the water over the grounds in a filter.  We’ll see if that works better for us.

Hard Cider Homebrew

Inspired by Betty Cracker over at Balloon-Juice.  Not sure why I bought the gallon jug fermentation rig originally but it was probably for this exact same thing.  Fortunately it has been long enough since that I remember nothing about it so it’s like this is the very first time.  I remember seeing some of the yeast I bought last time but I ordered new rather than look for it.

Looked at my Amazon order history, the last time I bought this yeast was 7 years ago so it was probably too old, anyway.

Instant Pot Pancakes: Light, Fluffy and Fun

Whole instant pot pancakeQuiet weekend here, so I made a half batch

I just found out about a taste treat called Japanese Souffle Pancakes and I was discussing how they would be on my list to make soon. They are a little complicated and I knew I wouldn’t have time this weekend. Then my cousin Scott chimed in and told me about Rice Cooker Pancakes, a simple pancake recipe you make in your rice cooker. They looked amazing.

One problem. I don’t have a rice cooker.

But I do have a Multi-Pot (a type of Instant Pot) and I figured there must be an equivalent recipe. There were several. So I had to try it.

First, the pancakes:

Perfect Pancakes:

  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups buttermilk (I use buttermilk powder and water)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Opt: blueberries, cinnamon, pecans, bacon

Bowl, whisk

Whisk together dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and mix until everything is combined. The batter should still be lumpy, you don’t want to overmix. Continue reading

Gadget Post: French Bread Pans

I know JeffreyW has had one of these for years, including one for baguettes,  but just before the holidays, I finally took it out of my wishlist and put it into my cart to purchase.

For only fifteen dollars, this is a great addition to my baking tools. It effortlessly makes two perfect loaves of French bread.  Paired with my favorite bread recipe (here), bread was a hit on Christmas Eve.

What I really like is how simple it is. After the first rise (12 hours in my case) you shape the loaves, place them in the lightly oiled French bread pan, let rise again for ninety-minutes, do an egg wash and bake. No proofing cloths, no flat, shapeless loaves on a baking sheet. Just yummy, perfectly shaped loaves, golden brown on all sides thanks to the perforations.

I also made loaves to give away in my holiday food packages with berry jam.

Just writing about it makes me want to put together another batch.