Friday, February 20, 2015

Farm Girl Friday -20 February 2015


Not too much happening here on the farm so Farm Girl Friday has been rather quiet too.  Eastern Ontario has been in the deep freeze for most of Ontario.  Actually it's warmer in the deep freezer than outside.  It's this time of year that I really don't miss selling pork.

Our house is an old (1905) farm house.  It has no insulation.  There is a layer of bricks, then a gap of air and studs, then another layer of bricks.  Needless to say this time of year it's hard to keep the house comfortable.  My kitchen cupboards where I keep my pots can actually get below 0 C (32F).  Colin had the great idea that if he drilled a hole or two into the bottom of the cupboard then heat from the basement would come up easier.  So he set to work and this is what happened...

Yep, a hole in my kitchen floor.  Apparently the stone foundation comes under the kitchen much farther than Colin thought.  It's not a total disaster.  Colin's going to get a register cover and we'll have a bit more heat in the kitchen.

This cold weather also has a negative impact on my egg sales.  People just don't like stopping and coming in when it's -30 C (-22 F).  So the eggs get a bit back-logged.  What's a farm girl to do?

Use an entire dozen to make chocolate angel cake!!  And then...

Pasta with the yolks.  I put them on cookie sheets to flash freeze for future use.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake
3/4 c flour
1/4 c cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 cups egg whites (mine took 12)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c white sugar
Sift flour, cocoa, salt and 1/2 c sugar.
Start beating the egg whites and vanilla.  Add in cream of tartar.  Slowly add remaining 1 cup white sugar.  Beat until whites are soft peak.  Keep beating while SLOWLY adding the dry ingredients (2 tbsp at a time).  Just until mixed.  Pour into an ungreased tube pan and bake 350F for 40-45 minutes.  When done, invert pan till cool.

Noodles/Pasta  -2 pounds
12 egg yolks
3/4 T water
1 t salt
6 c flour
Mix together (I just do it on the table).  Knead well, 10 min.  Roll and cut.

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