PHOTOS AND REMARKS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER LIVING IN NORTH FLORIDA...........JUST CLICK ON A PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT...........TO LEAVE A COMMENT JUST CLICK ON "comments" BELOW EACH PICTURE. All pictures Copyright 2001-2015 by James T. Weekes
The area around the huge, mostly empty new Publix supermarket has suddenly sprung to life. Signs of an easing in the housing market. There are a lot of houses going up and a lot of people employed, good things.
This was taken at the start of a new walk in Nocatee. I park at the huge new Publix (a supermarket) there and have a good two or three mile walk around the area. It is so planned and so evenly laid out. A big difference from my normal surroundings.
For the last two or three years our daughter and granddaughter, both vegans, have been here for Thanksgiving. Instead of a turkey we have had a Celebration Roast, sold at Whole Foods, and a very good substitute. Made of soy protein and shaped like a meatloaf, it has cranberry and stuffing and is very filling. They weren't here this year and our other two children were, one of whom is vegetarian. We all decided that turkey wasn't the tastiest bird and we were out of practice cooking one. So I downgraded to three game hens. Much tastier and easy to grill. They were great and I got to use my timing technique...see below.
This is a book recommended by Mark Bittman of the N.Y. Times. It claims to be a dead easy, no kneading method for making a heavy crusted yet soft centered loaf of bread. This is the result of my first try. I mixed the four ingredients(flour, salt, yeast and water) in a big bowl, and covered the bowl, no kneading, for 18 hours. Then moved the dough to a large dish towel for a second rise of 90 minutes. Then the dough goes into a cast iron Dutch oven that's been preheated in a 475f oven. The pot goes in, covered, for 30-45 minutes, then back in, uncovered, for another 25 minutes and voila, this is what I got. True to the book, it was very crusty with an incredibly moist crumb (which is what we professional bakers call the interior of a loaf:-)) We had it with broccoli cheese soup last night and I had a sandwich on it today. Still moist and very tasty. I recommend the book heartily.