Homemade – Buttermilk

I never have this stuff on hand, but I love making buttermilk recipes, pancakes, biscuits, fried chicken, pretty much anything you would put milk in could benefit from a little buttermilk.

That’s just in my opinion and really that’s all that matters anyhow.:)

So a few years ago I ran across a recipe on how to make buttermilk on my own, using two ingredients.

Milk
Lemon Juice

Of which I always have those on hand in the pantry or cold area.

Homemade Buttermilk
Ingredients
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
Milk

Equipment Needed
Jar with a fitted lid (so you can shake it up!)
1 Cup Measuring device

1.Put lemon juice in 1 cup measuring device and fill the rest of the cup with cold milk.
2.Pour contents into your jar and put the lid on well, so nothing comes out when you shake it.
3.Let sit for 10-15 minutes on your counter (I usually make this at the beginning of the recipe I’m gonna use it in, so that by the time I get to it, its ready to go)
4.Shake it! Just take a moment to enjoy the feel of shaking something up. You can really get into it, dance around the kitchen with your toddler, pass it around to your older children, let them shake it too. Its fun, trust me. Live a little.
Ready to use in whatever recipe you use it in!! Enjoy.

Cheesy-Garlic Buttermilk Biscuits

Makes approximately 8-10 large biscuits. Prep Time: 15 mins; Cook Time: 10-14 minutes
adapted from the 2007 Cooks Illustrated November Edition. This is my favourite magazine, I got them from a friend as a present and LOVE them!!

Ingredients


2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup Homemade Buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (about 5 minutes)
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar (or any hard cheese you like really, I used gouda this time)

Equipment Needed

Medium Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cups & Spoons
Whisk
Plastic Spatula
Cookie Pan

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475°F. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in large bowl.
  2. Add garlic, garlic powder and cheese, mix well with plastic spatula.
  3.  Combine homemade buttermilk and melted butter in the same jar you used to make the buttermilk in, and shake it up until combined.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just incorporated and batter pulls away from sides of bowl. 
  5. Using greased 1/4-cup dry measure, scoop level amount of batter and drop onto parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet (biscuits should measure about 2 1/4 inches in diameter and 1 1/4 inches high). 
  6. Repeat with remaining batter, spacing biscuits about 1 1/2 inches apart. 
  7. Bake until tops are golden brown and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.

Serve with butter or gravy or just eat them!! 

Coleslaw

Makes about 4 – (1/2cup) servings Prep Time: 10; Minutes No Cooking Necessary!! 🙂


Ingredients
1/2 head of a medium cabbage, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 medium carrot, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
2 Tbs Sugar
2 Tbs Vinegar (white, apple, malt, whatever kind you have on hand will work)
3/4-1 cup REAL Mayo

Equipment Needed
Small Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cups & Spoons
Plastic Spatula

Prep your Vegetables into a small mixing bowl.
Add sugar, vinegar and mayo, mix with a plastic spatula.

Serve with Oven Fried Chicken or with a sandwich or even all by itself. Yum!
Enjoy.

The First Pontoon…gets a nose.

The morning started out as most…rain. Lots of rain. But the afternoon was good. Cloudy, dry and wind blowing in the right direction. J was able to build and attach the front, as well as complete the first two layers of fiberglass! Yipee!

The First Pontoon…a bit more.

Today J was able to get a few hours of work completed. He spent most of the time drawing and cutting out shapes for different sections of the pontoon. After that he was able to install the stabilizers!

The First Pontoon… begins.

Today was the first clear day we’ve had since the supplies showed up last Monday! J took advantage of this by testing bends in plywood. Setting up some holding slots on the workshop floor and…getting two pieces of plywood into boat bend shape!!

The Houseboat Begins… Constructing the Workshop.

 

Creating such a large boat, on such a hilly island required some outside of the box ideas for workshop location. Ideally J wanted close to home, well ventilated, flat floor, cover from elements and easy water access. So it should come as no surprise when our own boathouse became the prime suspect. It had almost everything he wanted, except a floor!

Easy enough fix when you’ve just purchased a chain saw and the last few days have seen a few of your neighbors trees crash down due to heavy rains. Our neighbor happily offered the fallen trees to J and over the next few days he went out all geared up to create his own floorboards.

Initially he was cutting them in our front yard, but we soon discovered Bellatrix is terrified of the chainsaw sound, so he relocated to our neighbors yard and road the boards back through the water. Yep! He literally tied them together, sat on top of them and paddled back to our dock.

Within a few days J created a suitable workshop for building a mega houseboat.

Check it out!

D

The Houseboat Begins…Arrival of the Supplies!!

It’s here! It’s actually HERE!!

The supplies have finally arrived.  Several weeks ago we ordered a huge shipment of supplies from a local complete hardware shop called Casa Rosada, in Alimirante.  The supplies made it almost to Almirante 2 weeks later and then the delivery truck broke down!!  A few days later, truck repaired, the supplies were delivered to the warehouse in Almirante. The plan was to put it on the delivery boat the next day to be delivered last Monday.  Mother nature had other plans though and it proceeded to rain EVERY SINGLE DAY up until Saturday.  The delivery boat refused to deliver.  The owner of the company demanded they deliver Sunday or he would find a replacement.  Again mother nature said “nope” and it poured rain.  We kept our fingers crossed for Monday being a beautiful day and…it was SUNNY!!  Actual sun in the sky, white fluffy clouds and not a drop of rain to be had all day!!  The owner had already replaced previous driver and he and his boys arrived in the early afternoon.  With the help of the guys and our neighbor’s worker, J was able to get it all unloaded, counted and put away quickly. We received over 100 sheets of plywood, 30+ 5 gallon buckets of resin, hardener and over a thousand yards of fiberglass mat and cloth by the bolt.

Now the fun begins…building the houseboat.  It’s gonna be so mega amazing!!

Can’t wait to post progress pics!!

See ya’s,

D