30 July, 2013

AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale

It waspretty good,  6 out of 10. But I forgot to review. ..

29 July, 2013

BFM -/225 Saison

Spicy, brett-y nose with a touch of hay and fruity sour edge. Moderate carbonation,  no sharpness,  clean and full bodied,  with a hay like. flavor towards the end. Refreshing,  clean,  moderate body for a Saison. Long finish,  slightly bitter.

Good,  warming saison.

I would buy some occasionally. Not as good as Stillwater.

Piccolo Chiostro

Nose is a little spicy, kinda like a lager. Very little flavor.  It has a good wheat taste. .. Not great.

10 July, 2013

CSA Week 05

This week:
Kale 14.5 oz.
Chard 7.8 oz.
Salad Lettuce 10.1 oz.
Parsley 4.6 oz.
Carrots 16.95 oz.
Peas 17.8 oz.
Scallions 4.75 oz.
Lettuce 20.55 oz.

02 July, 2013

Another Misguided Egg Roll Recipe

You may or may not be familiar with the original Somewhat Misguided Egg Roll Recipe (his, which makes for pretty good dumplings), but regardless I've made another version. I wanted to use up napa from the CSA basket, so I did some research and decided to try this recipe. After looking over the comments and adjusting for stuff I wanted to use up from the fridge and freezer I ended up with something like this (marked out stuff is what I did, with what to do in the future next to it):

Stirfry over high heat until fragrant, 30 seconds:
4 tablespoons vegetable oil 
4-inch grated fresh ginger
8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Add and stirfry for 2 minutes:
9 scallions, sliced thinly
4 carrot, cut into 1-inch julienne strips
1 small red pepper, cut into 1-inch julienne strips
Add, bring to boil, and simmer 5 minutes, until veggies are soft:
10 cups 8 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
1 cup 2 cups shrimp stock
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
2 little bags of salad shrimp
Add, then rest 15 minutes and strain if too wet:
1/4 cup sesame oil
some chopped cashews
Fill with 1/3ish cup of filling, roll, and fry until golden brown:
20 wonton wrappers covered loosely with a damp paper towel to prevent drying
little bowl of water for sealing edges

The flavor was good, but since I A) inadvertently added too much liquid, and B) then tried to cook it off, the filling was rather soft. We think we'll try it again with the correct cooking time and see how that batch turns out. In terms of other feedback: This quadruple batch only made 16 reasonably sized egg rolls, so I can only assume that the original recipe used dumpling/wonton wrappers instead of actual egg roll wrappers. It could stand to have more cabbage, so I'd probably do something like 10 cups minimum.

We also need to learn to make sweet and sour sauce. We've tried a few versions now, and this latest one tasted like sweet and sour ketchup...

CSA Week 04

This week brings:

Lettuce 8.55 oz
Kohlrabi 16.95 oz
Chard 8.3 oz

Dandelion 4.65 oz
Peas 8.45 oz
Garlic Scapes 3.1 oz.
Broccoli 8.65 oz


Thank the gods, no more turnips or cabbage!