Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Cherry Strudel and a road trip

There is nothing particularly sophisticated about my version of this month's challenge, but then, farm life isn't exactly sophisticated, either, is it? Well, that's how this Daring Baker will probably be living the rest of her days.
What to do on a farm? Plenty!

I spent Memorial Day weekend in CA visiting my grandma and other family. Grandma has twenty acres of good land that she's going to let me turn into an herb farm. Farmer's markets, local organic herbs for restaurants, herbal medicines and consulting, that kind of stuff. Did you ever read Daughter of the Forest or Garden Spells, or watch Practical Magic? Something to that effect. (Oh, and if you haven't read those books or seen that movie, you should. You're missing out.)
This is the farm. A little barren now, but you just wait!

The little gal is only two days old in these pics.
Her mama won't accept her so we got to feed her.

I also visited this herbal studies school, where I'll be applying and hopefully attending starting next March.
Gorgeous, no?!

So while I certainly appreciate and enjoy the pictures from other bloggers who laboriously create and decorate their yummy looking treats, that's not really who I am. I'm really looking forward to embracing a more natural, traditional, simple way of living. If you're in the Bay Area or Central Valley, hopefully you'll be seeing me at the farmer's markets in a couple years!

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caf├ęs of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

For the basic recipe check out Coco Cooks or
Make Life Sweeter!, and I filled mine with fresh, hand-pitted cherries.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Hmm, I thought about taking a fancy picture, but a couple friends stopped by just as I was pulling them out of the oven, and we just couldn't wait!

Friday, May 1, 2009


Scones and jam with a good book on a gentle Saturday morning. Divine.