Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Less muffin, more bread

Yesterday it was 80. Warm enough for one daring gal to go backless on her scooter.

Today? Snow. Yes, snow again. Though it didn't stick, and turned into rain by 9. Good for the garden, but too damn cold. I don't think we even got up to 40 today.

Good day to crank up the oven again for another loaf, this time parmesan. I rolled it up with shredded cheese inside, then put more on top. Shared some with the cow-orkers and ate the rest myself.


  1. Hi-I'm off-topic here, but was just reading your post on making Malloreddus pasta. If you don't already know, those great paddles are for making butterballs. We did it every holiday at our house and made fancy little balls for the bread plates...You put in a rough round of cold butter, and rotate the paddles (ridges facing each other)in a clockwise circle and come up with a little ball. Always was a treat for us as kids. Thanks for your earlier post on pasta, and I'm happy to find your blog...

  2. oooh, too early for muffin sitings. I do have a question regarding the weather. How on earth do you plant anything and have it survive? Do you just wait until sometime in June to put anything in the garden and if you do that, is it a short growing season or is the harvest later in the year then it is in the Northeast (August - October) (and you know this is all because I got over zealous and killed my poor tomato babies)

  3. Hi ysap! (I hope you don't mind if I abbreviate.) Butter paddles, eh? Thanks! I had no idea. I can't really picture that technique, but maybe I'll have to play with them.

    (For those of you playing along at home, ysap is talking about the paddles I used to make Sardinian saffron pasta.)

    Glad you stopped by!

    Alecto, I think our growing season is similar. Though we get snow showers late, the air and ground temps continue to warm up steadily, so most stuff gets planted about now anyway (except for tomatoes, for which I always wait until May 20, just to be safe).

    Since we're a mile higher in the atmosphere, snow has a greater chance of making it to the ground still frozen, whereas at lower altitudes it's rain by the time it hits the earth. Your cold spring showers probably start out as snow way up in the clouds.