After a rotten week health-wise, it was really nice to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving yesterday with a few friends. The image above is one of Grandma Piper’s very many post-party notes, a sort of debrief she wrote to herself about what she made and what she might change next time. This particular page seems to be her neighbourhood holiday open house plan from early December 1971 for around 110 guests (guest list is on reverse). I expect she found these notes super useful, particularly since she seemed to keep every single one of them. Here’s what I made this year, documented for a similar purpose.
Headed to Iceland soon with friends, and looking forward to doing some cooking. Glossary linked above includes names for all sorts of foodstuff in English, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Russian.
Modifications / Measurements
- 1/4 c (USA) = 45g butter, no need to melt
- Mixed dry active yeast directly in to dry ingredients, works fine
- Decrease oats to 160g
- Increase bread flour to 275g, more if using whole wheat/brown
Makes a pretty wet dough. Knead very thoroughly. Thoroughly preheat oven to prevent dense bottom of loaf. Try preheating oven w/ tray, then placing loaf tin on that to bake.
Got a crash-course in sushi making from a lovely guy over New Year’s. I’d always wanted to make it, but it’s one of those things that’s a lot easier to get the hang of when someone shows you what to do. I’d also always been nervous about the raw fish bit (love eating it, but not so sure where to find sushi-grade fish at home…). Never really thought to just make vegetarian rolls (d’oh!).
Makes about 2 cups of relish, enough for at least 6 people
- Grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
- 350g dried cranberries
- 100mL water
- 1 tart apple, peeled and cut in to chunks
- Sugar (to taste)
I’ve made these simple, flourless peanut butter cookies for years but have never thought of putting something in the center. Need to try it with apple butter next time.
- 260 grams (1 US cup) peanut butter
- 180 grams (scant 1 US cup) sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 figs (or possibly some sort of preserves)