mai 14 2010

First attempt at making choux pastry!

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Choux pastry is a kind of pastry dough that is made with only butter. water. flour and eggs. The dough can be used to make a range of different pastries like eclairs, beignets, profiteroles and many more.  Choux is considered somewhat tricky to make since it uses no rising agent, only depending on the eggs and a high moisture content in order to let the steam puff up the baked goods. I chose to make a savoury version; chili cheese puffs! I added goodies like sriracha sauce, parmesan cheese and onion powder to the dough. They were delicious! So light and airy yet so flavourful. The next time I make choux I’ll use it for making eclairs filled with strawberry cream and with a dark chocolate crust..I think. Hmmm…..Maybe I’ll make some for the 17th of May party I’m going to on Monday.
Something completely different : We’ve increased our little zoo by one member – again! On Sunday two weeks ago Mr.T and I found a zebra finch flying around just outside our apartment. It’s an exotic bird and doesn’t belong in the Norwegian nature, but they’re kept as pets, so it must have «ran away from home». The bird (which we’ve found out to be a small female) was quite easy to catch, she probably was tired after her outside adventure. I’ve borrowed a cage from a friend, put up Found-posters all over the neighbourhood and temporarily named her Frk Frantzen (Miss Frantzen) after a beautiful Odd Nordstoga song. Since my camera is still in Bø where I left it, I haven’t been able to take any pictures of our little fosterbird, but she looks somewhat like this :
She’s become surprisingly tame in these two short weeks, is easy to catch after her daily fly-about in our living room, and seems to enjoy cuddles – she’ll arch and crane her neck to let us know where she wants to be scratched, and closes her eyes. Internet claims zebra finches are not interested in human contact, but this little girl sure is! It’s obvious that she craves attention and companionship, I hope her owner claims her soon. I don’t think we’ll keep her if we don’t find her owner, but a couple of our friends have already shown interest in her. Although…I’m starting to grow fond of her, like I do with most animals around me, but then I’d have to buy a huge cage and at least another finch to keep her company and and…well, if you check youtube for zebra finch singing you’ll probably discover what we did; their song is not particularly pleasant. It sounds more like a frog or a duck with a cold than a song bird. Mr. T is getting quite annoyed with her, whilst I think she’s somewhat charming. It’s nice to get a «Miip! Miip!» as response everytime I coo her name in a high tone of voice.

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jun 18 2009

Fridjof

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- a tame magpie that we rescued from starvation and the numerous dogs that run loose through campus were we found him, bobbing along on the lawn, lethargic and dizzy. He learnt how to be fed from human fingers in a couple of hours, and soon started to gain weight…now he’s about 5 weeks old (we’ve had him about 3 weeks), very tame, constantly hungry, flies around in the house and begs for food and/or attention ALL THE TIME. He does this by either; 1)  jumping on to your head/shoulder/the hand you’re typing with, whilst 2) shrieking straight into your ear or 3) pecking/pinching at the places on your body were it hurts the most (the skin between your fingers, on your temples, earlobes, etc). So we make him fly around  outside  to let out some steam, he’ll peck at the window when he wants to come in, and if I can’t see him when I want him to come home, I just have to call his name – if he isn’t too far away to hear me calling he’ll fly over to me immediately (whilst screaching furiously. It warms a mothers heart). We hope that he’ll be able to tend for himself by the end of the summer.

Our tame magpie Fridjof

We’ve fitted some sticks on the top of our wardrobe for him to perch/jump around on, with lots of newspapers on the floor to catch his  poop. By now we’ve been relatively lucky; he hasn’t done any considerable damage to furniture, but let’s just say that we cover up our white sofa with blankets and towels just to be safe. He is a flying poop-machine, afterall.

Our tame magpie Fridjof

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