The Real Pressure Cooker Test

Warning:  If you have been resisting purchasing the pressure cooker, but know you want it . . read no farther or you will grab your credit card, go straight to Amazon and buy it!

Before someone asks, this is the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker I’m using (and loving). This is another similar pot but it does several things (slow cooks, rice cooker, steamer). I do not have the second pot but am sharing the link because those who have it like it too. I generally don’t buy an appliance that performs multiple tasks because I figure one specialty is enough but the Instant Pot rates good. These are the two pans I bought to use with it:  Fat Daddio’s 7″ cheesecake pan with removable bottom and a regular (Browne’s) Spring Form Pan.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake

It was so easy to make.  15 minutes on high pressure, then the cooling time. I love that it’s smaller so we don’t have to eat cheesecake for the next month.

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake

We will definitely make this recipe again!

 

Kynance Cove Sweater

Kynance Cove is a project I started in April. I’ve been pretty good about finishing projects before starting something else but for some reason, Kynance Cove got put aside. I picked it up last week and am determined to finish it, though I will probably put it aside tonight to begin on another test knit for Laura Aylor.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

Here’s my dilemma.  There’s a button band and a neck band yet to be done. The sweater buttons down about halfway. The colors used are:

  • Maple Leaf – the limey green
  • Faded Parka – the grayish green
  • Ember – orangish red

You can see the Ember in the swatch.

Swatch

Swatch

For the button band/neck band, here are my options:

  1. Maple Leaf – I don’t think this is a good color to wear next to my face.
  2. Faded Parka – This would work and I’ll probably wear a light gray shirt of some kind underneath this sweater.
  3. Ember – There will be one Ember stripe near the bottom and I think using it for the button band and neck band, it might work but I don’t want it to look like “Oops . . I’m running out of yarn so I’ll use this one!”.  I have plenty of yarn.

Another option I’m thinking about is this: Use ember for the right side of the the button band. That will be the “underneath” side, or the side that has the buttons on it. Then use the faded parka for the left side of the button band and the neck band.

Thoughts??

Kombucha Bread

Another batch of kombucha was bottled up last night.

Kombucha

Kombucha

The dark bottles are the tart cherry that will go into the fridge today, after two days of fermenting on the counter. The light bottles are the ones I bottled last night and the added fruit juice is Cran-Apple. That’s the first time we’ve added that flavor so I’m anxious to see how that tastes. 

The first ferment happens in a one gallon jar and in the bottom of that jar, there’s “stuff” we call “kombucha dregs”. It’s strands of yeast and portions of new SCOBYs that are forming. I strain that out and have been throwing it out but people use it for all kinds of things. I hear it makes a great poultice for skin rashes, burns, etc. I can see how keeping it in the fridge would help ease the pain of a minor burn.

I’ve also been reading about folks making “sourdough” from the dregs. Technically, it may or may not be “sourdough” because instead of harvesting wild yeast, the starter begins with yeast water that has been produced by the SCOBY/tea brewing. Whatever it is, I decided to try it.

Starter for Bread

Starter for Bread

It’s probably going to be way sweater and less sour than typical sourdough bread but it’s worth trying. If it has a spongy texture and a dark crust, I’ll be happy. It will be real nice because instead of having to keep a sourdough starter fed and happy, I can just pour off the bottom sediment from a batch of kombucha and have bread the next day. We’ll see and I’ll keep you posted on how it works.