Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Homemade Kind of Day

Yesterday, it was humid and the weather was dreary. At one point, the skies poured down hail for a few minutes-just long enough to wake up the baby from his nap. On top of all that, it was a Wednesday, and Wednesdays have a way of seeming long (even though I spent at least half the day thinking it was Tuesday, it still felt long). 

So, I decreed that it was a good day to make donuts. (is there ever a bad day to make donuts?) I didn't want to go through the whole extensive process of making a yeast donuts and keeping track of their rising times, so I figured I'd go the simple route and make deep fried cake donuts. I had never made cake donuts before, but it couldn't be that hard, could it? 

When all is said and done, I think I would have had less work if I had just made yeast donuts. 

I made the donuts according to the directions that I had written down from the internet, which is kind of surprising. I oftentimes don't make food exactly according to a recipe, because I like to approximate when it comes to dumping in ingredients. I followed the directions when it said to toss blueberries in flour so they wouldn't explode and turn the dough purple. I followed the directions when it said to roll out the dough and cut donut shapes. Welp, the dough turned purple, and the dough was not holding together well. Even when I added additional flour to roll it out, it just wasn't working. 

So, I decreed that it was time to turn our donuts into donut holes. My baby kept clamoring for attention, so I kept feeding him fresh donut holes to appease him while I deep fried the whole batch of dough. I really should have cut the batch in half, but I didn't think of that before I started making them. I whipped together some lemon glaze for the donut holes, and voila! Deliciousness in the form of blueberries, deep fried fattiness, and lemon. 

Earlier in the day, I got to experience the joy that is making Greek yogurt, which hopefully will balance out all of the unhealthy donuts I've been eating ;) Anne-Marie wrote about making homemade Greek yogurt a while back, and she did the number-crunching to show how much money they have been saving now that they make their own yogurt, and I became convinced. Convicted that I too, need to start making my own Greek yogurt. Plus, it was a great excuse to invest in a big slow cooker, something that I've been wanting to purchase for a while. 

Let me tell you, opening that slow cooker this morning (after sitting on the counter all night wrapped up in towels) and seeing yogurt was magical. I even texted my husband about it, I was so excited! After popping it in the fridge for a few hours, I began the process of straining it. I determined that next time I make yogurt, I will strain it longer-even though I strained it longer than the recipe required, the yogurt was still not as thick as I would have liked. But, it's still tasty, and I am so excited that I now know how to make it! 

Since I had already spent so much of the day making food in the kitchen, I planned for a very simple dinner: fried cabbage and pork noodles. It's an easy-peasy, very delicious Japanese dish, and it's pretty cheap to make, too. But when I was pulling out the ingredients, I noticed a little warning on the side of the tonkatsu sauce bottle.  

In order to keep myself from mentally losing it, I decided to ignore this warning until my husband came which point I panicked about this supposedly cancer-causing sauce, and began wondering if I should call any friends we had ever served this dish to and inform them that they could get cancer. I jumped on the internet to find out more information, but all I could find was an article over ten years old about soy sauce with dangerous levels of dangerous cancer-causing chemicals. Which only caused me to freak out and panic more. Thankfully, my ever-calm, patient, and rational husband did some research about the warning label and regulations, and decided that such a small amount of this sauce would most likely not cause us to have cancer. Which made me happy, because I was getting cranky from being hungry and just wanted to eat the food! 

Wednesday seemed to be very food-focused, and I thought about how grateful I am that I can make homemade food. I know that lots of people have full-time jobs and don't have the time to make homemade food. I know that even if people don't have full-time jobs, it can be hard to find time to make food-there are days when it's a struggle to get dinner on the table because of a cranky baby or unpredictable events! I know that some people don't have the ability to make homemade food-either they don't have the ingredients, know-how, equipment, or space. 

I've always enjoyed making food in the kitchen, but it wasn't until this week that I realized what a particular gift it is that I can make my family homemade meals, and that I can spend the occasional day making foods like yogurt and donuts. I hope that I never take this for granted. Even on days when I'm scrambling to get dinner on the table as the baby clamors for my attention, I hope that I'll be able to appreciate the gift of making homemade food for others. 


  1. Yay!! I'm so glad you made Greek yogurt. Bravo for doing it in the crockpot. I mix some powdered milk into mine and that helps it to thicken up as well. The donuts look incredible, but I am sorry it was a pain.

  2. Oh my gosh, love all this homemade stuff! Everything tastes better homemade. Might need to try the donut holes!