Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Alpineberry Shares

My baking buddy, the talented Veronica of Veronica's Test Kitchen, tagged me for the 5 things meme and I'm finally getting around to putting my list together. Maybe you've been dying to know more about what makes me tick (doubtful) or maybe this could be TMI* (likely). So read at your own risk.

1. I am a yeast virgin. Even though I bake a lot, I have never used yeast. I've never made brioche, croissants, bread, or focaccia from scratch. I've used (scientific grade) yeast in the lab for experiments but that doesn't really count, does it? If it does count then this will be only 4 things about me. I plan to explore the realms of baking with yeast and, if successful, you'll probably hear about it.

2. My husband and I make worm poop. No, not for a living and not literally. We are vermicomposters. Vermicompost, or worm casings, is a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer and soil conditioner. Well, the truth is, he's the vermicomposter and I just reap the benefits of an organically enriched garden. Have you seen the March issue of MSL? Martha has a perfect pretty little kitchen nook for her bin of worms. Oh, that bee-yotch! She has to be so perfect all the time. (As much as I love her, I sometimes just have to playa-hate a little). Meanwhile, our bin lives in the garage bathroom shower stall (which we never use – I mean the stall not the garage). When my husband first set up the worm bin, the worms tried to make a break for it. Apparently their new home was not to their liking, so they tried to escape. I can't imagine what hundreds of worms jumping, or is it crawling, out of a lidded bin must have looked like, but I'm so glad I wasn't home to see that.

3. I have silicone implants..........in my eye! I have a condition called chronic dry eye. My ophthalmologist closed the opening to my tear ducts by inserting tiny silicone plugs which are supposed keep the small amount of tears that I do make from draining away.

4. The last non-food related book I read was The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It was recommended to me by a friend after I complained to her about the time / space inconsistencies in the Keanu Reeves Sandra Bullock movie The Lake House. I can never really wrap my brain around the whole concept of time, space and multiples of myself existing at the same time but in different "times". I think I first had an issue with it when I saw Back to the Future (the first one) and Marty comes back to the present from the past (or is it goes back to the future from the present?) and he sees his other self disappear and go to the past. Then there was Kate and Leopold with Sally and the Wolverine-cum-aristocrat. I mean, he goes to the future and the past has changed because he never did all the things he was supposed to do. But if she goes back to the past how will he have met her in the future so she could go back? And yes, I know, it seems that everything I know about time travel I learned from the movies but that's why I'm mentioning the book. Duh.

5. Back in 1989-1990 Saturday Night Live had a sketch called "Cooking with the Anal-Retentive Chef" featuring the late Phil Hartman as Eugene. I'm not so extremely anal-retentive in the kitchen that I can't complete my tasks like Eugene, but I do take a bit longer than necessary since I can't be messy while I cook or bake. I can’t not tidy up as I go along. I thoroughly clean my Kitchen Aid stand mixer after every use and I have been known to wrap my trash before tossing it into the waste can.

I'm not sure how long this meme has been going around and I'm not sure if you've already been tagged but I'm passing this along to:

Bron at Bron Marshall
Ellie at Kitchen Wench
Jenny at All Things Edible
JenJen at Milk and Cookies
Patricia at Technicolor Kitchen

*TMI= too much information


Susan said...

Worm poop? Now, that's a first for me! ;)

veron said...

I've never heard of worm poop too. that is so interesting. Actually I wanted to raise a mealworm colony once for the bluebirds in my yard but my hubby vetoed it.
About #5 , I'm the complete opposite , haha! We are probably going to strangle each other if we cook together in the kitchen :). I do wrap my trash in another bag before disposing in the waste can though because I'm deathly afraid of exploding trash bags.
Thanks for answering the meme... wonderful info!

clarice said...

That was sooo much fun to read. I am shocked to read you never baked with yeast. I would have thought you were a pro !! Clarice

Freya said...

I agree with Susan, you had me at worm poop! Great response!

The Wine Makers Wife said...

You are totally a goddess. I lov eyour blog and linked it. WOW, so inspirational. I'm a bit scared of baking but do enjoy it. Lovely site.

Anali said...

Oh goodness! I was not prepared for the worms. I guess you never know what will come up in these memes!

I'm also fascinated by the idea of time travel. I really enjoyed that book! I liked "The Lake House" and enjoyed the movie that it was based on too, but the name escapes me. I guess to enjoy these things, you just have to forget about logic.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Worm poop! That's why this is cool. But really, yeast virgin! Please this needs immediate attention!
I try to balance myself but I really have a hard time to work in a mess. I work much better when I'm organized.

Bron said...

Thanks for the tag Mary, I've just posted my 5, however I'm not sure they equal the worm poop farming! ;-)

Patricia Scarpin said...


I had a laugh with "yeast virgin" - you should know that I find working with yeast - especially fresh - very addictive. Be prepared. ;)

Tks for tagging me, but someone else had already - I posted my answers yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Is it because I'm from Sweden that I don't find neither worm poop nor yeast strange? If you've tried one of them you must try the other! I promise you, you wont be able to live without yeast once you've mastered it. Tonight I've made your Nutella Cheesecake Brownies, thank you, thank you, thank you, for this recipe!

Kristen said...

Worm poop! I'm so glad someone else thinks pooping worms are funny!

Ellie said...

I am envious of your worm poop! Man, that'd be handy to have in my garden right now, with autumn around the corner my plants could do with the boost!

I'm looking forward to doing this, will have to think about it though...