I notice from the news and weather reports that there are storms all over the Continent. Of course it always snows back East but here on the Coast snow is a rarity, except that for the past few days it has been dumping snow just a few miles south of us. So far we have escaped unharmed. We have had record low temperatures. Yesterday it went down to minus -8.8°c which is the lowest recorded temperature since 1939. We are not used to the cold so I have to gloat before it starts snowing later tonight
Yesterday afternoon it was nearly shirt sleeve weather and I could feel the warmth of the sun. Not so warm in the shade though but it felt like early spring with temperatures just above freezing
I just had to gloat at our good fortune of being in a snow free place, at least until the forecast storm arrives later tonight.
Saturday found me experimenting in the kitchen and getting a bit frustrated with making dough (not the $$ kind)
Nothing fancy, 2-1/2 cups of flour, one egg, dash of salt and a cup of warm water, kneeding, blending rolling and then using a beverage glass to roll it out and other glass to cut out the circles. The dough was so sticky and I had to keep dusting with flour to keep it from being stuck together
In the meantime I was boiling 2-1/2 lbs of russet potatoes until soft, then mashed . I blended one onion in my Cuisinart and cooked them in butter until they were reduced and then added them to my mashed potatoes. After they were mixed, I then added another 1/2 lb of Cheddar cheese into the mixture which turned the mashed potatoes to a nice yellow colour. It was smooth and very tasty, if I don't say so myself
I put a dob of mashed potato mixture into the centre of my cut out dough circles and then pinched them together to form my perogies. I love potato cheddar & onion perogies
It took me a while to get a production line moving. I took the scraps, rerolled to recycle the dough
If you ask me the hardest part about this whole process is making the dough. The mashed potato mixture is a "piece of cake"
To minimize "sticking" I had to be generous with the flour and I put the finished ones on separate plates so they wouldn't all stick together
After I cleaned everything up it was time to cook them. I like them with bacon bits and tons of sour cream. You boil the perogies until they float, and then keep them in there for a few minutes longer.
I cut my bacon strips into small pieces, put them in a frying pan and tried to carmelize them and I was generous with the sour cream. That bowl of congee was also cooking all day in our slow cooker. It's sort of like a very thick rice soup with pork. Another variation is to use fish instead of meat
MMmmmm, potato, onion and cheddar Perogies . . . You should try some . . .
There are many sales promotions offered in the USA but NEVER offered in Canada. I see the deals all the time but we cannot participate as we do not have a USA address to send rebate cheques/checks. Canon USA has been promoting camera/printer combos since before Christmas and then put on another promotion whereby you can buy a Camera and Printer, get a $400. rebate when you send in the UPC code from the Box. Many buyers buy the combo and then sell the printer for a nominal cost. I bought my last printer this way several years ago. Basically they get the printer FREE and then sell it to further reduce their camera cost.
I noticed a few new factory sealed printers for sale on our local Craigslist and was humming and hawwing talking myself into and out of buying this printer, but in the end I decided to buy it as it would enable me to print Black and White, has WiFi built-in and is also an Air-print printer for iOS
Here it is, all 54 lbs of solid mechanical perfection. I struggled to have it fit into my meagre trunk and it nearly killed me as I had to carry it from the street into the house.
It also came with a 50 pack of 13" x 19" photo paper
I kept rationalizing to myself that for the price of the paper and the ink cartridges alone this would mean that this printer was Free. I have read only great reviews for this printer as being simply the best dye printer on the market. It has 3 black cartridges so it can print "real" black & white using the Epson B&W print driver
I have also been busy learning Windows 8.1 It's a bit different than what I am used to but my new computer also has touch screen so it is like having a really big iPad.
I've still got enough Potato, onion & cheddar perogies left for another meal. Maybe tomorrow, and it's something I am looking forward to. Did I mention that I love perogies ?