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Sour Dough & Som Sabadell

While the Chinese are celebrating the ‘Year of the Water Dragon’, we’re enduring the ‘Year of the Ant’. So far this year we’ve been through three battles with the Argentine ants – you remember, the ones that can strip plants in one night – and now we’re battling house ants, i.e., sugar ants. I can only assume that since we’ve not had any rain in a while they’ve gone looking for moisture . . . and found my cupboards. Not that there’s any water in there – but they really seem to like the oil bottle and the top of the spray oil. Those have since been washed with lots of hot water.

A few years back we found an ant poison that works – Terro. Not sure if it is still on the market, but last time we found it we bought two bottles. It is a syrupy liquid that the ants just love. I put a small drop on a bit of card stock, place it in the ant traffic area and they take it back to the nest. Takes a few days to work – but it is quite effective.

One curious occurrence of using this product is that the ants we have bring us offerings in exchange for the syrup – dust, crumbs, bits of Lord knows what, all placed on the card stock next to the syrup drop. Even stranger is that they will stack the offerings like little haystacks. So after a day or so, we can go to the pantry and see all sorts of stuff they have brought in payment for what they take away. Who would’ve thought that ants would have a market system of sorts.

Crop Circle Extraordinaire

Regardless of how they get there or who does them, crop circles can be amazing works of art. One in particular caught my eye this last week and wanted to share it with you. If you want to see more ‘circle art’ visit www.cropcircleconnector.com or  www.temporarytemples.co.uk/.

 

 

 

Sourdough Rolls

Now for some good eating. Recently got a great recipe for Sourdough Rolls from Peggy. She said this dough could be mixed up, placed in an air-tight sealed container and kept for up to three weeks in the refrigerator. (My kind of food) When you want fresh rolls, just pull off the amount of dough you need and bake it up. What could be easier? Knew I had to try this one.

I’ve mixed up a batch and will try baking them over the next three weeks or so. If you want to try your own batch, the recipe is below.

Ingredients:

  •  5-1/4 cups of regular flour
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups buttermilk  (I used my powdered buttermilk)
  • 1 package yeast dissolved in 1 cup of lukewarm water

Directions: 

  1. Combine dry ingredients
  2. Add oil, buttermilk and yeast water to mixture
  3. Store covered in refrigerator
  4. When ready to bake, pinch off as much as you need for rolls
  5. Bake in 425 degree pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes

 

Results: OK, mixed everything up according to the recipe. Surprisingly, the dough was more dough-y than I expected. Thought it would be something like regular yeast roll dough – but it’s not. Put it in the sealed container over night. Baked them up for lunch and they turned out great!

Best Flash Mob Ever!

Now want to leave you with an incredible bit of music or as some would say, ‘the best flash mob ever’.

On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.”

 

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