Easter and May Day have both come and gone. I’ve been away and silent on the blog. But…now I’m now back and hope to get through the list of posts that accumulated in my absence. A change that I first noticed when we returned home was the transformation of the garden. The spring bulbs are up, new fresh green growth is showing in the herb garden, and the fruit trees are in full bloom. Even the weather has recently turned wet with those Spring showers.
Baking in my kitchen this past month included quite a few special holiday pastries. One was kallitsounia, little sweet cheese pies from Crete, that I posted on last year. I tweaked the recipe a little by substituting butter for the olive oil in the dough and standardised the ingredients to metric measurements. An updated recipe can be found on the originial post.
Another Easter seciality made in my kitchen was Moravian sugar cake, made from an old Pennsylvania Dutch recipe, but my variation used my sourdough starter, Muriel. After a first trial run, I tweaked the traditional recipe some more to come up with what I call “Moravian” Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Buns. Suprisingly, they look and taste just like Scandinavian pastries we had in the little cafés in the old Haga district of Göteborg, Sweden.
But, in anticipation of warmer weather, the ice cream machine is once again churning out lovely gelatos. I’ve been experimenting with Sicilian style gelatos that do not use eggs, but are based on corn flour/starch to thicken the custard base. I think I’ve now come up with a system – well, at least a system that works well for me! I’m writting up my notes and hope to post on the results of my experimentation soon.
It is also that time of year in the kitchen again for what my grandmother would have said is a “good bottoming” – nothing risqué, but a good cleaning from top to bottom. I’m not sure, but I suspect that very few people actually enjoy the process of cleaning. I certainly know that I do not, although I appreciate the end result.
The blog, itself, has also had a spring clean – a little more streamlined and (eventually) an updated About page. Just need to get around to doing it! Some of you may also have noticed a new icon image – no, not really me, but of a Greek woman on a 19th-century postcard from Istanbul.
It seems I cannot put off the real spring cleaning any longer… Cupboards to empty, the pantry to be scoured, the ovens and stovetop made to shine, the windows polished to a sparkle. It is so much more enjoyable writing my blog, but I know a diversionary tactic when I see one. Off to get the mop, bucket, cleaning rags and other paraphaelia. Until next month in my (clean) kitchen.