February 28, 2008

What's For Breakfast

Blood Orange Poundcake. I started with the recipe from my old Boston Cooking School cookbook, and came up with this:

1# butter, 1# sugar (2 cups, use part orange sugar made from the zest if you have it), 1# flour (4 cups) (I scanted this as I don't keep pastry flour on hand), 8 eggs separated, 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice, 1/2 tsp salt, zest of one blood orange.
Cream the sugars, blend in egg yolks, salt, zest and juice. Add flour, and the egg whites (beaten or not) last.
You could use the traditional loaf pans (makes two) or a jelly roll pan. I used the latter as I didn't want to wait over an hour to cook: about 40-45 minutes @ 325F, until top springs back.

Serve with blood orange syrup and dark coffee.

Oh--and if you want to really gild the lily, make buttercream frosting with one of the oranges---it turns out strawberry-pink. Too sweet for poundcake though!

February 26, 2008

2008 Catalog

. . . will be online this weekend. It will be mailed after that (had some difficulties in printing). I'll notify here when it is put online. The catalog as listed currently online is last year's, and there will be many different, new plants, including some rarer annuals and more edibles.

February 22, 2008

Busy Busy Busy

After several weeks of plowing and shoveling like mad, a veritable groundhog day/ "loop de loop mummy-hand repeat-o-vision" of snowing and drifting, it is a relief to be busy at something else. With the snow on the ground down to under 2 feet & crusty not drifting (feels like NOTHING now, down from 4), the emphasis is now on seeding and transplanting, writing the last bits of the catalog, scheming new soaps, and collecting notes for market for spring. The kitchen is full of little baggies with blotters of scent blends for testing & trays of seed packets, and the soap book filling with sketches.

Winter bonus: sunshine potting mix bales too heavy to be lifted slide like a charm on the icy with a little skiff of new! 2nd bonus: Heliotrope seedlings smell like borage when being transplanted. Can you tell I'm hungry for green? And we have probably another month of winter to go.

The past few days have brought thick morning fog, heavy coats of hoarfrost on everything, and then showers of frost crystals--gorgeous and if I can get a pic tomorrow morning, I'll post it. In the meantime, here's a view of the lane after a bit of melting.