Monday, March 26, 2007

On the Menu: Weekend Brunch

1. Mimosas, made with the same kind of champagne we served at our wedding.

2. Wild Rice Pancakes, made from a mix we bought at Eco-Green Living in downtown DC.

For a while we've been thinking about ordering some wild rice from the same people who make this mix: White Earth Land Recovery Project and Native Harvest. Winona LaDuke, former Green Party VP candidate, is the organization's founding director. As their website says, "The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage."

The pancakes were delicious! We added the last of our frozen blueberries to some of them. Yummy.

3. Homemade butter. Son and I made it from cream we bought from Farmer Dan, our dairy supplier.

Small amounts of butter are fun to "churn" by putting fresh cream and a marble in a glass jar, then shaking until you can't hear the marble hitting the glass. Shake a few more times, drain off the buttermilk, and press any extra liquid out of the butter. You can add salt at this point, or honey. Or, if you are using raw cream, try culturing it overnight before making the butter. Cultured butter has no salt but lends a savory flavor that I love.

But now, as the week starts anew, we leave behind our leisurely breakfasts for a few days. Perhaps next weekend we can have brunch outside!


Sara Skates said...


how does one culture cream? Leave it at room temp overnight, not in the fridge??

The Purloined Letter said...

Yep--that is it exactly.

And if you leave it at room temp overnight with a tablespoon or two of buttermilk in it, or yogurt in it, you get creme fraiche.

I know the idea of leaving cream out makes people nervous sometimes--but after looking into it a bit, it seemed that the risk is nonexistent. (Stuff made with uncooked eggs left out is really a whole different story, though!)

Pretty much every culture throughout time has eaten cultured milk even if they did not use it fresh. A very interesting history!

Sheepish Annie said...

Making butter was always one of my favorite projects to do with the summer camp kids. It kept them busy for hours! Then we'd make pancakes and have the fresh butter with them. Yummy!

Lola said...

Farmer Dan? How do I get some of their dairy products? Send me email at lola at his dot com . . .


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