Our plow guy just came down our road and plowed not only the road but he also plowed away all snow that blocked my car. That’s more kind than You might think because the road I live on doesn’t belong to the village so he just comes down to us living here and plows the road for free! I’m especially glad about it today because I’ve been at home because I’ve caught some kind of stomach flu. I wasn’t especially welcome at work when feeling like that 🙂
My stomach is still wobbly but I do feel better, instead I now have a headache and since I can’t take any painkillers I’m trying coffee. I’m not sure if it is a good idea when the stomach is as it is but I have no other alternatives I’m afraid. I did worry for a while that since I do handle chicken all the time I might have caught salmonella but no symptoms fitted more than just the wobbly stomach. Swedish chicken (which is what I buy) is guaranteed to be salmonella free but I still thought it would be best to check.
I can’t say I’m much for eating anything today but I do need bread when my appetite comes back (so far today I’ve only had rose-hip soup and lots of it 🙂 ) so I thought I would bake a bread. Turns out I don’t have any yeast or baking soda at home so I do what I once learned, making the dough today and then let it rest for a day or two so the naturally occurring yeasts that flies around in the air all year round do the job. It can be a very varied result but it usually works pretty well. I can already see that the bread is rising, not much but noticeable anyway and it has only been around for half an hour.
One can then save a piece of the dough in the fridge until next time one wants to bake a bread, not more than a week though. Then that piece of dough will work just as well as any other yeast. I did like that for a couple of years when I moved here but as I said, the result can vary a lot 🙂 and it does need some planning to work properly. The important thing is to have the slowly fermenting bread in room temperature, too warm and the yeasts will die and too cold and they’ll work very slowly or not at all.
It is still blowing very much here but at least the snow has stopped falling. I’m not sure how much we really got because it is the fluffy kind that easily follows the winds. I had a meter (a yard) high wall by my car but I could see bare ground and grass just beside it 🙂 My guess is that we got around 15cm (6 inches) and soon it’ll all melt away again. We’ll have two more days with cold weather and after that we’ll get above 0C (32F) temperatures again.
The coffee doesn’t seem to do a lot against the headache but I won’t give up hope quite yet 🙂 I went to my mailbox earlier today and brought my camera so You can see at least a few photos of what it looks like here now. To be honest, these photos only show where the winds have blown away the snow so it looks better than it is.
Have a great day!