Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fresh Food on a Snowy Day

Making chicken soup, hot chocolate and tapioca pudding, or Fish Eye Pudding. 

Hot Chocolate Ingredients

Tapioca Ingredients include fresh eggs from this morning.

Many prefer to have their tapioca pudding warm.
It is the freshness of the milk that makes these so good.  It gives both an extra richness and flavor.

Milk is available fresh year round, so one can try to get milk right from the dairy farm, raw, often that had been bottled just hours ago.


Jersey cow personalities remind one of Golden Retriever personalities.   

 Sanitizing the Udder Before Hooking Up to the Milking Machine 

Throughout the entire process,  the milk is untouched by human hands.
Distributing some hay...

...and then applied an udder sanitizer/moisturizer after the cows had been milked.

There is always a lot of hand washing.

Ready for the Final Episode of Downton Abbey (on DVD)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Brothers Joe (left) and Rick (right) Lotuff
In many ways, sartorially, we currently live in a barren, shameless era.
  • Ugliness is status quo, and gaudiness embraced.
  • So many incredibly expensive items are sold that have been incredibly cheaply made.
  • Short term thinking prevails, from customers wanting instant status to vendors wanting crazily high profit margins.
  • The people who should be leading us - publications, celebrities, many of the most well off, and grown-ups in general - aren't.
  • To those who do care, vendors actively mislead us about pedigrees of products. Branding is not just tangential to reality, but often at odds with it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Making Beeswax Candles

It has been very cold here of late so indoor activities, especially those that take place around a stove, have held a somewhat greater appeal.  These candles are incredibly easy and fast to make,  sheets of pure honeycomb beeswax.

First divide the honeycomb sheet in half (by scoring it through bending and then tearing) and...

...then hold it over the heat of a wood-stove for only thirty seconds or so until it slightly softens.

Measure and cut the wick,  line it up on the edge...

...and start to tightly wrap.

The process is quick and relatively idiot-proof.

Hold the finished product over the heat once again, enough to soften and seal the edge.

Inspected by the Maremma Sheepdog