Jan 31, 2010

Baking Folly, Part Two

I made a loaf of Italian bread using the pre ferement biga, and learned the value of planning ahead.  If you want to read about how it went and what I though, just click that read more do-dad!

A couple of follies in baking bread, Part One

This week had a few interesting Occurrences when attempting to bake bread.  Here's tale #1

Jan 28, 2010

Here's what I've learned today

  1. The Biga preferment is identical to the pate fermentee, save for salt.

  2. Attempting to make a quality loaf of bread when you get home from work is possible...as long as you don't mind going to bed at 11:05.

  3. The iPad is still a "less than optimal" product name.

  4. I would love a chance to play with an iPad for a week or two to see if it does or does not do enough for me.

  5. I need a baking stone.

  6. The Dell Streak is shiny

  7. I think I've given up on attempting to watch TV.

  8. I like to end lists on an even number.

Jan 27, 2010

The iPad!

So Apple just announced the iPad.  Horrible name aside let’s get down to it!

Jan 25, 2010

Good/bad news

I got a call from the Vet today.  Time for a round of good news...bad news...

Jan 24, 2010

I couldn't wait..

I broke into the Deep Winter Stout..

I was amazing.  It still has a bit of the pine, but the flavor has mellowed.  I think it tastes like Guinness extra stout.

Let's see what happens when it fully carbonates.

Jan 20, 2010

Note about pre-ferments

So I should have known this.  But then again, I"m just starting out and got a little excited.

Anya Update!

So Robyn took Anya to the pediatrician this week.

Miss Anya weighed nine pounds, five ounces!  Gaining weight like a champ!

Jan 18, 2010

Slight Delay for Bread making

I didn't get a chance to make my pre-ferment today.  I got caught up with Beer bottling and watching Anya Sleep!  She went down around 4:45 and slept until after dinner which was about 6 or so.  By the time I bottled the beer, ate dinner, cleaned up after dinner, wrote my beer post, and checked out the latest Geekiness it was eight.  I'm not staying up another three hours to put my pre ferment in the fridge!  I'll just make it tomorrow night.

Who knows?  Maybe it'll be a busy blogging week!  This is my second post tonight!


I bottled my lasted beer tonight.  The recipe came from the Brewer's Bible and was called Deep Winter Stout.    The brewing itself was done on New Year's Eve.  I thought this was a great way to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another...way better than consuming too much beer/wine.  Read on for my Recounting the tale of the best two dollars ever spent and my love/hate with Centennial Hops.

Jan 15, 2010

The Challenge


So going forward, I am challenging myself to blog at least once a week.

I'm not putting any kind of length/topic requirement, but I would expect a blog at least about baby Anya, beer making, bread making, and/or Gadgets.

You've been warned!

What I plan on doing next week!

I've been baking bread like a madman the past few weeks!  I've really got the "basic" wheat loaf down.  Having a scale to weight out ingredients is awesome.

Pre-ferment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Oh great...

I've been on Parental leave for almost 5 weeks.

Just got an email saying that people were waiting for me to come back...and "had been saving things for me to fix."

Really? But...that's why we have a team!

well...at least I won't be bored when I get back :)

Jan 14, 2010


Just found out that our not even two year old puppy might have heartworms. While we are going to get a second test to confirm, I am aleaft kind of freaking out. What really gets me is that we've done everything we were supposed to do: we stared him on heartworm medicine as soon as we got him. Total suck.