Our Beautiful Garden

Every other day, I have been walking down to the garden. Watering all the green beauty flourishing from the earth in our little square foot box. It’s been an amazing journey to see how rapidly your harvest grows right in front of you. I feel a sense of accomplishment and happiness.


Organic Gardening

Spring time is finally here! This usually means it’s time to get our garden’s prepped..out come’s the garden tools, out comes the barnyard soil, and hopefully out comes the beautiful veggies. Today, Matt and I bought our ” rich” soil for the garden being the soil in our yard is dry and this isn’t typically the best soil for plants to thrive on. We bought barnyard manure mixed with soil which does wonders for the garden so I hear…we will see. This year we are planting eggplant, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans ect… and a few herbs we’re going to grow on the front porch. There is nothing like going out to your backyard and picking “homegrown” veggies.

Matt pouring the barnyard soil.

spreading the barnyard soil.

Dark, rich, glorious soil.

Culinary school continued…I received an ” A” on my mid-term.

So, I guess all that late night studying is paying off…I received my mid-term today and I have an ” A” in the class. I have learned so much thus far and hope to continue evolving into a better chef. This has been a wonderful experience and I encourage anyone who is interested in this field to invest in going to school.
You can do it!

My current read, ” Julie and Julia.” written by Julie Powell,

I’m only into the first chapter but so far it’s proven itself to be a good book. I like that their is a such a vast amount of vocabulary. Julie Powell writing skills are magnificent. I’m already hooked.

Expanding the palate….mmmm!

Today was my food production class. We tried several types of cheese in the kitchen this morning. It was fun and it was neat being able to distinguish the differences in all of them. This can also be known as expanding your palate which is useful later when knowing what ingredients pair well together. The Gouda and St Andre we’re my favorites. The flavors we’re smoky, nutty and intense. One word…YUM! These are all things I tested today. I was all cheesed out by the time I left.

The flavor of whole milk was creamy, sweet and thick.

The flavor of heavy cream was creamier than whole milk & buttery.

The flavor of buttermilk was creamy and tangy.

The flavor of sour cream was tart and smooth.

The flavor of cream cheese was rich and tangy.

The flavor of Mascarpone was smooth and less tangy than cream cheese.

The flavor of ricotta is gritty.

The flavor of feta cheese is pickly and tart.

The flavor of American cheese is smooth and creamy.

The flavor of cheddar cheese can be either mild or sharp and is zesty.

The flavor of Gouda is buttery, nutty and intense.

The flavor of Swiss cheese is mild with hints of tangy.

The flavor of brie is creamy and waxy.

The flavor of St. Andre is smoky, nutty and intense.

The flavor of goat cheese is sweet and chalky.

The flavor of Emmentaler cheese is rich.

The flavor of Parmegiano Reggiano is rich, nutty,intense and tangy.

The flavor of Romano is less nutty and rich than Parmegiano Reggiano.

The flavor of Blue cheese is rich, earthy, sweet and bitter.

The flavor of Roque cheese is similar to Blue cheese but less bitter.

Culinary school continued……

This week in Baking I we made Challah Bread, cinnamon rolls and homemade pizza. It was so much fun. The recipe for each dough was very similar but different. There might have been one ingredient in each recipe that changed the flavor of each dough. A very cool and interesting revelation. Here’s some pics.

Squaring out the dough for the cinnamon rolls.

Glazing the dough.

Rounding the dough before being cut.

A beautiful rounded dough.

The dough being cut before placed in confectioner’s oven.

Delicious cinnamon rolls.

Prepping the dough for pizza.

Spreading the dough on pan.

Marking the dough.

Ready to add the toppings.

The toppings we’re mozzarella cheese, green, red, yellow bell pepper, chicken breast, pepperoni, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes.

Oh was it good!

Sorry, I didn’t take pics for the step by step process on challah bread but it was the first bread we made. YUM!

We are officially in our new apartment. <3

We moved into our new apartment last Saturday with the help of our great friends. We have officially finished remodeling which is a major relief. Just a few paint touch-ups. I feel so at home. Ofcourse, I will be adding a few more idea’s and decorations but that will come with time and money. I think it looks pretty darn good for just moving in though 🙂
Here’s some pics.

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