Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rose petal ice cream- with goats' milk

Last week I was tapping in to my creative side.  Besides the marigold encrusted goat cheese I also made some rose petal ice cream.  I have an organic garden so even my flowers can be used in food.  Violets, nasturtiums, of course lavender and herbs, but even rose petals.
I start with Abraham Darby roses and fresh raw mild from Sunflower and CoCO

Bring the milk to just shy of a boil and add rose petals.  Steep until milk is cool

Ready to eat 
Use a basic custard ice cream recipe.  Here's mine:

4 cups milk ( cream or goat's milk)
Bring 1 cup to just shy of boiling on stovetop with a vanilla bean (cut open)
     steep the vanilla in milk off heat until milk cools- at least 10 minutes
4 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
Whisk egg yolks and sugar until the color of lemons
Add the 1 cup of steeped milk slowly to the eggs and sugar and stir until homogenous.
Return to the stove and cook slowly until that "back of the spoon" test has been reached
Place the remaining 3 cups of milk in a bain Marie of ice water
Add hot custard mixture to the cold milk through a sieve.
Cool for 6 hours
Use your favorite ice cream maker
Bon Appetit!
If you don't have fresh goat milk, fresh eggs and organic rose petal, improvise to whatever you like!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mutton mowers in Boulder

Saturday Ella had a soccer game in Boulder.  When we pulled into the sports park we noticed a herd of goats just outside the park.  Kate and I just had to go check it out.  I think herds of goats have been used for quite some time to eat away brush and weeds that may become a fire hazard when things get dry.  These guys were contained by a portable electric fence which I think was moved from day to day.  The herd protector was a Llama.  She didn't come into camera range.  Just like my Sunflower and CoCo  these goats prefer to eat leaves from trees over noxious weeds.  There were at least 5 of these goats in the trees straddling the branches reaching as far as their necks would take them in pursuit of a few juicy leaves.  Warning: don't touch the electric fence.  I learned the hard way.  Interesting the fence was powered by a 12" square solar panel.
Goats for hire.  This Mama is earning her keep mowing down noxious weeds.

Kate in the forest watching the goats and skipping over the little creeks.

Sweet little black curly haired goat

Beautiful view of the Flat Irons behind a great soccer game.  Go Ella


Friday, September 26, 2014

Marigolds and goat cheese

Marigold and spice rolled goat cheese
One of the main reasons I wanted to have goats was for this very day: Cheese making
I have tried  lots of flavorings to my soft cheese but this is so pretty I had to share.  I originally planted Marigold seeds so that I could feed my chickens the flowers.  I have heard that adding marigolds to their diet makes their eggs even more wonderful.  But my chickens do no like marigolds.  They are an edible flower with beautiful colored petals.  The inspiration for this cheese.  I have included the steps for cheese flavoring.  I don't expect too many people are lucky enough to have fresh goat cheese from their kitchen but you can always buy some plain from the grocery and bring it to life with these flowers and spices.
Do you see the chef sneaking a peak?
 Bon Appetit!
soft cheese out of molds
I mixed tangerine zest and cheese salt and then placed about 5 ounces on the Saran wrap
Use the plastic wrap to shape the cheese
Inspiration for the flavors
Use only the petals




More inspiration.  Why not have spices that enhance the marigolds?


Remind me when I have more goat babies to name a doeling "Marigold"



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Finally tomatoes for 2014!

After 3 hailstorms in June and freezing temperatures last week with a three month very mild summer my tomatoes are finally able to eat.  A very poopy crop so far but I am grateful for any.  My favorite are the Cherokee purple.  The green ones are Green Zebras and the black shoulder smaller ones are Indigo Rose..... of course the chocolate cherries are delicious too.  I have enough to eat fresh every day with my fresh goat cheese.  Yum.  Soon I hope to have enough to share.  Happy late summer harvest!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Coming back to me!

I had a grandmother I called "MiMi".  She was the quintessential grandmother of all time.  First of all she adored me.  What little girl could not appreciate that?  She spent precious time with me teaching me how to sew,  bead and embroidery.  She taught me how to make bread and cook a terrific pork roast....all of which I still do. When I sew a seam by hand or on the machine my MiMi is watching over me making sure I am doing it right, not taking any short cuts and smiling down on me with pride and approval.  When I was a young adult my MiMi started collecting Hummel figurines.  I don't know why.  Maybe it was her German heritage or the earthy little children doing chores she used to do on her farm in Missouri.   These collectables suited her perfectly.  It is hard to know what to buy your grandmother for her birthday  when you have a little money of your own to spend but these little figurines were always the perfect gift for her from me.  My MiMi died nearly 40 years ago but she is with me everyday in the kitchen, in the garden and when I am with my own granddaughters.  These figurines have been boxed away since that time.  I have gently asked for just one of them to hold and look at and have some concrete touch of my MiMi but for 40 years I have been denied.  A few years ago I bought one on eBay to satisfy this connection.
A few days ago I received a box in the mail from my brother who now lives in my parents' home, the home we all grew up in.  Inside the box were 6 Hummel figurines wrapped in aged newspaper with the date of 1995.
I have just dusted off the last 20 years and placed these three on my nightstand.  I am typing this post with tears in my eyes.  I am so grateful to have them back in my life.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Chihuly in Denver Botanic Gardens

Dale Chihuly is a glass sculpture artist.  He has developed glass blowing as a fine art in very large proportion.  His exhibit is installed at the Denver Botanical Gardens.  It is absolutely amazing.  This morning I was intent on getting there early because I have heard that it is so crowded there is no parking to be found.  Oh, yes, it's free first Monday.  No luck on a parking spot today.  But early was good: the light was good, the sky was clear and the temperature was still in the 70s.  Enjoy!








Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Iris

This is Iris.  She is the prettiest little goat.  Her mommy is white.  Her daddy is tan.  Out pops this black and brown, beautifully marked goat.  Besides being the pretty girl she is she also has the least fear of her siblings.  She jumps the highest, twists twice in the air and prances around like life is the best.  She goes to her new home soon and I will miss her.  Although my watercolors are getting little use these days I did have to pull them out and paint Iris so that I won't forget even one little mark on her face.  Here's Iris:
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