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Fermentation Fest

Geez, not only have I not posted in months, it's been nearly as long since I checked my friends feed....

Saturday I did Last Harvest.  Because, you know, "winter is coming".  Some tiny ears of glass gem corn, a nice assortment of winter squash, a bunch of tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers...Thai basil.  One tiny Bateekh Samarra melon.

Sunday Z and I went to the last day of Fermentation Fest.  We drove around and stared at...seriously people, that's craft at best, not art.  But I did get samples of different sauerkrauts, spiced burdock tea, etc.  I got to make&take some fermented hot sauce in a mini-class (well, it needs to sit on my countertop for a few weeks now).  Beautiful scenery around Reedsburg, and a nice sunny day.  We stopped at a barn sale where I found a frog identification audio tape in a "free" box (although tempting, I did not take all the free falconry paraphernalia in the same box).  Z and I listened to the tape, learned a few things, and then sang Michigan J. Frog songs for the rest of the day.

I entered the apple pie contest.  I didn't win, but I had fun buying apples at my new favorite orchard (Lapacek's) and perfecting my recipe.  I got feedback from Peter Reinhart; main criticism was that it wasn't sweet enough.  Which I'm fine with; I find most apple pie to be cloyingly sweet.  I want to actually be able to taste the apples.  I'm very happy with the wheat crust I came up with (wheat flour, sorghum flour, wheat germ, and butter) -flaky and tender.  Per internet, I thin-sliced the apples to avoid a soggy bottom crust - and it worked!

I've dug up some pepper plants, to try "bonchi".  Could be cool.  And if not...well, the plants were going to die over winter anyway.


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Oct. 12th, 2016 05:25 am (UTC)
I love the idea of fermentation fest. Everywhere we went in Japan we always ordered the pickle plate if they had one available, but we were generally not up to doing full-on fermentation. One experience with natto was roughly enough.
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Friending welcome, but lurking is fine too.

Constructive criticism is also welcome - whatever it is, trust me, I've heard worse.

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