Kneading sourdough bread dough is easy!


In this three-minute silent video, Lisa Rayner, author of “Wild Bread – Handbaked Sourdough Artisan Breads in Your Own Kitchen,” demonstrates how to knead the dough for whole wheat sourdough bread. Visit Amazon to purchase my new Kindle version. The link below takes you to the paper version. Use my index and search box below left to look up sourdough blog posts.

Permaculture creates beauty

Snails are pets, not pests

Yes, most people consider snails to be pests. However, I have always loved seashells, and I live at 7,000 feet in the Southwest USA surrounded by desert. For me, garden snails are pets 🐌

The Southwest monsoon rains have finally arrived. Yay!

It’s easy to improvise with solar cooking

I baked BBQ tempeh using a brown glass baking dish and a large black enamel pot lid to darken the top of the baking dish and thereby absorb more heat. It worked well. You do not need special cooking pots and pans to solar cook.

Fresh homemade kale pasta

Home ground whole wheat flour, semolina, a little vital wheat gluten as a vegan substitute for eggs, and all purpose flour for rolling out by hand.

The perfect rose for my sweet LynnAnnRose

How did I miss seeing these runner beans until last night ?

Permaculture garden update

I’ve been busy, more so because my wife and I are both physically disabled.

Gardening at 7,000 feet means a short growing season and cool night, which is great for cool season crops. We’ve been harvesting kales, lettuces, radishes, sugar snap peas and green onions/chives (perennial walking onions).

Warm season crops require warm microclimates. My garden uses a lot of local sandstone rock and water jugs in the cold frame. Our runner beans, pickling cucumbers, yellow crookneck squash, cocozelle zucchini and a deep orange winter squash are flowering. Tomatoes, collard greens, and more are on their way.

It’s lilac time

A garden in progress

I’m gradually altering my yard to become a permaculture garden. The woman who lived here before me grew purely ornamental plants, especially bulbs. The garden beds had been neglected for years.

I just discovered “waste” rock left over from the beds and main pathway buried around a large pine tree in the northwest corner of my yard. I have used much of it to build up the pictured raised bed and north garden walkway. I now need to fill the garden bed with soil that I will collect from burying the pathway rocks and bed edging rocks.

I plan to plant summer and winter squash and pickling and lemon cucumbers in this bed. It gets early morning sun and stays sunny until mid-afternoon.

I’m very much into repurposing things. Staying at home because of Covid-19 makes repurposing absolutely necessary. I will never be bored!