Monday, 25 May 2009

Dandy Bread, Chair and Fairy House

It looks as if it is going to be a dandy day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my smelly dog is curled at my feet. She reeks once she starts swimming. Does anyone have any solutions besides bathing? I think the problem is that she never really dries out.

First the dandy bread recipe requested by a lurker who is a friend of a friend. (You can come out of the closet, Colleen. I would love to get your comments firsthand:~)

First pick at least 1 cup of dandelion petals. It is best to pick these early in the day and from a non-toxic location. Discard any green bits, and remember that dandelion juice turns black on hands!

Then mix the petals with: 2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

Break up any clumps with your fingers as you do this.

Mix together: 1/4 c. canola oil
4 t. honey
1 egg
scant 1 1/2 c. milk

Add liquid ingredients to wet. Batter will be fairly wet and lumpy.

Bake in large greased loaf tin at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, then check with toothpick to ensure that the bread is baked through every 5 minutes. In my oven it took 60 minutes.

Next the dandy new chair. I have cleaned it thoroughly with soap and water and then used a wire brush or two and then sandpaper, and this morning I painted on the undercoat. The photo was taken at this stage.

I will play around with ideas while it is drying. At this point all I know is that I want to use the colours I chose for the happy star table.

On to the fairy house! A new friend sent me a photo of the house he built. I couldn't believe how cute it was. I never expected to see my dream cottage appear out of someone else's imagination. Mud mama ... it is even cuter than the little gnome houses we visited near you! I won't post the photo without his permission, but oh my! Just imagine a tiny stucco and stone cottage with interestingly shaped windows ... oh never mind ... words cannot do it justice. I will post it if I can!

Today I plan to play with paint. I have everything ready for tomorrow's first lesson with Andreas so I am free to play.


IrishGirl said...

Hi Oma. I see Tamarack talked to you about me. It's good to delurk. Love your blog. Thank you for the recipe from someone who also appreciates dandelion days. Hubby bakes the bread around here and I know this one would be right up his alley.

Tamarak said...

So glad you 'delurked' IrishGirl!!!

I tried a piece of the dandelion bread on Sunday...and it was delicious...and so happy looking with its warm yellow glow!

It's a good thing that only fingers turn black and not the bread! Part of its appeal is the happy, yellow bits in it...

Am interested to see this fairy house! And the new chair design!!!