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Video Rewind: December 2013: A monthly review of my recent videos

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Here is a playlist of all the videos I produced in December 2013.

You can find all my past videos on my YouTube Channel. If you enjoy a video, please click the Like button or Subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Doing that directly effects how many other people see my videos. 

Video rewind december 2013

 
Click the playlist menu Youtube playlist icon to see a list of all the individuals videos in the playlist. 
 

Photo: #au_revoir photo for today’s #projectlife365 theme via Instagram

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Food: Champagne Info #10: Make your own champagne!?!?

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 It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


(Photo of my hard cider making operation from a few years ago)

#10 Make your own champagne!?!? 

What?!? Make your own champagne?!?! Crazy you say? Well, it only takes a quick Internet search to get lots of info on making your own champagne (or more appropriately, sparkling wine). There are a lot of recipes using the traditional grapes, but also one on making elderflower sparkling wine and many more. Making wine, or beer, isn’t really that difficult. The equipment is fairly cheap and easily available at your local brewing supply shop. Most every city of even medium size has a least one such store, or you can order you equipment and supplies online.

Of course, making any carbonated beverage comes with the risk of an exploded bottle or two, but if you closely follow the directions, and store the fermenting bottles in a place where they can do little damage, you should be fine. I am thinking of using my ginger beer recipe (taken from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall linked below) and making some sparkling fruit juice/cider in plastic bottles. Might be interesting and it wouldn’t have as much sugar as the ginger beer does.

 

 

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Photo: Having a piece of Limoncello Chia Bundt cake made with my limoncello here at Creme Caramel #cake #bakery via Instagram

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Food: Champagne Info #9: Sabrage (opening champagne bottle with saber)

December 31st, 2013 Comments off

 It is almost New Year’s Eve and champagne (or other sparkling wine) will be on the menu. Why not learn a bit more about this bubbly concoction and increase your enjoyment of it?

Today, in honor of this amazing beverage, I present Champagne Info!


#9: Sabrage (opening champagne bottle with saber)

If you really want to show off on a special occasion, like a wedding, you can learn how to open a bottle of champagne with a sword or saber. I can be a little dangerous and a bit messy, but if you are trying to make an impact more than the wine itself, sabrage might be of interest to you. That said, I wouldn’t do this with a fine bottle of champagne.

It is said the practice was invented by Napoleon’s soldiers who would use their sabers to open their bottles of champagne after a successful battle or a visit to Veuve Clicquot’s Champagne winery. (More in the Wikipedia article below)

Fenachamp 2009

Photo: Filckr User Cristina Gehlen

More info on Sabrage:

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Video: Making Pasta With Friends – Photo Montage

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Photo: Winter scene in black and white #b&w #nature via Instagram

December 30th, 2013 Comments off

Food: Making pasta with friends

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Sunday evening our friends, Daniel and Brenda, invited us over into their amazing kitchen (about 3 times the size of mine) and I made them a dinner of fresh pasta and homemade pasta sauce. Here are a few photos from our evening, a slide show of all the photos and the recipes to make your own pasta feast.

Thanks to Rosanne, Daniel and Brenda for taking most of these photos as my ands were otherwise occupied. 

You can find the complete recipe for the sauce, and the cookbook, Cucina Rustica, where we discovered it, in this previous blog post, “Recipes in Rotation: Sugo Sciue Sciue“.

You can also get the entire free Recipes in Rotation electronic cookbook via the web of via the Cookbook Cafe iPad app.

The recipe for the pasta comes from Mario Battali and it about as simple as it can be. Flour, eggs and olive oil. You can find the complete recipe here — Basic Pasta Dough.

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Making a well of flour and adding the eggs and olive oil to the mix

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Bringing it all together

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Almost there!

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Knead! Knead! Knead!

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Looking good!

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Rolling out the sheets

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A cooperative enterprise

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Cutting sheets into fettucini  noodles

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A pile of pasta

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Into the sauce

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…and into the bowl! Yum!

Here is a slideshow of all the photos from the evening.

Photo: #sparkle photo for today’s #projectlife365 via Instagram

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Photo: Piano keys | My Word with Douglas E. Welch #b&w #music via Instagram

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