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Hello, Mr. Oscoey here. If you don’t love garlic, you should probably just move on to the next post. If you love garlic as much as my family does, or you have a vampire problem, read on.
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I don’t remember when I first ran across a recipe for a Lebanese garlic sauce called toum, but it has become a staple condiment in our refrigerator. The traditional Catalan aioli is a similar egg-less, mayonnaise-like sauce. There is some food science and a little bit of food magic which turns five simple ingredients into a fluffy, garlicy spread that is good on nearly everything (and also happens to be vegan).
Toum starts with garlic, water, and salt blitzed up in a food processor. This is where the food science comes in. Kenji Lopez-Alt from Serious Eats has written about the science of garlic flavor but the tl;dr is that the compound that we associate with the harsh, hot flavor of garlic (alliinase) become deactivated at low pH (more acidic). This means that the longer you wait to add the lemon juice, the more pungent, garlicy flavor will come through. Want garlic without the punch? Add some lemon juice at the same time as the water, before everything is whizzed up.
Once you get a smooth paste, oil is slowly drizzled in, alternating with splashes of water and lemon juice. In addition to making sure you add oil slowly, it helps to hold your breath and say a prayer to the food gods because in rare occasions the entire mixture breaks, leaving you with an oily mess. It’s pretty hard to recover once broken unless you start adding egg yolks.
When all the oil, water, and lemon juice has been incorporated, let the food processor whip up the mixture until you get a mayonnaise-like consistency.
This makes about two and a half pints of sauce, and halving the recipe isn’t recommended unless you have a smaller food processor. It should last a month in the fridge, but ours never makes it beyond a couple weeks.
Toum (Garlic Sauce)
- 1/2 cup garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup ice cold water
- 3 cups canola oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Step 1 Add garlic cloves, 1/4 cup of the water, and salt to the food processor. If you want to minimize the pungent garlic flavor add 1/4 cup of lemon juice as well.
- Step 2 Turn on the food processor run until a smooth paste is formed. If you did not add the lemon juice in step one, wait a few minutes then add (the longer you wait, the more pungent the garlic flavor will be). Process until everything is mixed together.
- Step 3 Add oil in a slow, steady stream while the food processor is running.
- Step 4 After about a cup of oil, add a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a tablespoon of water.
- Step 5 Continue drizzling in oil, alternating with lemon juice and water.
- Step 6 Once all the oil, lemon juice, and water has been incorporated, run the food processor until the sauce has a mayonnaise-like consistency.
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I want to thank Katie from Sled Dog Slow for nominating Oscoey for the Leibster Award! It was completely unexpected and the email was a wonderful surprise after a long week of craziness in our house. I have only been blogging for a few months so for somebody to recognize my little blog is amazing. I love reading other blogs and especially those that are about homesteading. We are just starting out with our little urban homestead and many of the articles at Sled Dog Slow have inspired me to do more. I especially love the honesty of Katie about the toughness of living out in Alaska and homesteading in general. Thank you once again!
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award started out as a way to recognize other bloggers in 2011. Liebster means beloved, dearest or sweetheart in German and the term is used in the award to show which blogs people are fond of. It is a great way for bloggers to connect, get to know one another and to highlight new or smaller blogs.
My Favorite Blog
My favorite blog has to be Old McDavis Farm. Nicole at Old McDavis Farm has a wealth of knowledge about urban homesteading in the Pacific Northwest and she has helped me tremendously with advice on raising chickens. Many people in our community turn to her with advice and she is always ready and willing to help. Nicole’s post about healing your chickens at home is especially informative and great for new chicken keepers. I also love her ability to write about her learning process and how she worked through the mistakes she made early on. Her article about moving her new chickens into a new coop was both entertaining and informative and I loved reading it! I will definitely be talking to Nicole before we buy our own chickens and most likely buying one of her hand made coops as well. She and her husband use reclaimed material to make the most amazing coops! You should definitely head on over to her blog and read all about them!
10 Random Facts About Me!
Hmm this is tricky.
- I have never traveled outside of the continental United States and Canada.
- When I was little I had Anoles as pets.
- I hate peas but I eat them almost every day because they are my kids’ favorite vegetable.
- My husband and I met in Kindergarten.
- I am a third generation dachshund owner.
- I love Forget-Me-Nots even though they are weeds.
- I am ok with spiders as long as they don’t touch me.
- I was a huge American Girl Doll fan when I was growing up.
- I love playing legos with my kids.
- I have always wanted to plant a Giant Sequoia tree in my yard but have never had enough space.
My Liebster Nominations
- Old McDavis Farm
- 15 Acre Homestead
- WholeHearted Homestead
- Coffee, Grace and Tomato Paste
- Just Keep Momming
What to Do if Nominated for the Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the follow:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
- Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2017 Liebster Award.
- For the 2017 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
- Answer all 11 questions asked and ask 11 questions that you would like those bloggers to answer.
- List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link by to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments below so I can view your post and check out your blog. I personally visit each and every one. I visited a few hundred last year!!
What is your favorite flower?
I don’t really have a favorite flower. They are all so beautiful. I guess my favorite flower is whatever is currently in bloom.
Who is your real life hero?
Probably my grandma. She has always been a leader by example in helping those in need.
When is the best time of day?
This one is tricky because it never happens any more. My favorite time of day is when I get up before the kids and sit quietly in the living room enjoying a cup of coffee while I collect my thoughts for the day.
Where is your happy place?
I love being outside working in the garden.
Why did you choose your blog name?
Long ago when we had two dachshunds named Oscar and Zoey I decided that when I finally got around to writing my own blog I would combine their names into Oscoey. Oscar is no longer with us but I still love the name so I used it.
Which is better: Climbing in bed after a long day, or waking up after sleeping in?
Climbing in bed after a long day!
How do you prefer your eggs for breakfast? (Over easy, scrambled, etc.)
Over easy for sure! Runny eggs are my favorite!
What is the best movie you’ve ever seen in theaters?
Hmm. We never go to movie theaters any more and it has been so long that I can’t remember which ones I actually saw in the theater.
What is your favorite smell?
I love the smell of the woods near my grandparents house after the rain.
Can you sleep with the light on or does it need to be completely dark?
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Dog person for sure!
My 11 Questions:
- If you drink coffee how do you like it?
- Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?
- What is your favorite fruit?
- What is your ideal cheap vacation?
- What is your favorite grocery store?
- Would you rather have a flower garden or a vegetable garden?
- What do you do first when you wake up in the morning?
- How many pairs of shoes do you own?
- What is your favorite way to cool off in the summer?
- Are you into camping or glamping?
- What is a favorite childhood memory?
Thanks once again to Sled Dog Slow for the nomination! It came completely out of the blue and is greatly appreciated! Keep blogging everyone!
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When we moved into our house there was a very long list of things we wanted to fix. We bought our house based on location, layout and how much we loved living next to the woods. Although the layout was perfect for us we were not happy with most of the paint, flooring or much else. Over the last year and a half we have been slowly taking care of smaller projects. Some of them have been due to urgency and others because we had the time and they didn’t cost too much. The pantry was one of the first things we saw that needed major work but we hadn’t gotten around to it because it wasn’t urgent and there were other projects that took priority. About a week ago our super strong one year old decided to sneak off and pull the lower shelf down. He broke it off and luckily nothing fell down and he was not hurt in any way shape or form but it motivated us to replace the door knob to the pantry so we could shut it all the way and also fix the shelving.
Our old walls were very gross and the shelves were attached poorly. The previous owners seemed to have used several different security systems over the years and also had a defunct security box placed inside which took up a huge chunk of space.
Sketchy shelf placement. They were resting on these boards that don’t even go all the way across the walls.
They seemed to have just bent nails over the back of the shelf rather than install them correctly. The shelves were wobbly for sure and I had to be careful of how much weight I put on them.
There were also these ugly impractical shelves installed above and below the wire shelves, neither of which was in a good position to get anything off of. I wiped the pantry down when we moved in but we never got around to repainting the walls so they were still and eyesore from many years of use.
My husband yanked everything out, washed the walls with TSP, sanded everything down and then repainted them a basic off-white. It didn’t take too long. We spent some time waiting for everything to dry in between and shuffling around all of our pantry items on our kitchen counters for the weekend. If you use TSP make sure you are in a well ventilated area and wear hand and eye protection. It is a pretty strong chemical but it works well when you have dirty gross paint. We dilute it more than recommended because I don’t like using too many chemicals and avoid using it if at all possible but these walls really needed it.
Our pantry wasn’t a standard width so we ended up having to go to Home Depot to get some boards cut down to size. We installed them with adjustable shelving since we were adding a shelf and didn’t know how our food would fit. At some point we will need to replace the ugly flooring and somehow remove the crumbling cork board they glued to that back of the door with industrial strength glue but not this week. We will probably wait and redo the floors when we redo our kitchen/install hardwoods in a few years. I have no idea how to get the cork board off though. I still need to do some research on that but I may end up waiting until we get around to replacing all of our doors with solid core ones. The ones we have are super cheaply made and original to the house so they have taken a beating.
Overall the pantry looks much better! If you ignore the floor and the cork board it looks wonderful. I am really thankful my husband was able to complete it so quickly. He did an awesome job!
We bought some white bins from Ikea for all of our little items. We have a bunch of different kinds of flours and starches that are messy on the shelf and used to drive me crazy. The bins really help keep things organized. We bought a few when we moved in and we bought three more last week and they are working great so far. Now that the shelves make more sense we have a bunch more room. I will probably pull some unused dishes from our kitchen cupboard and some frequently eaten foods from our garage shelves since we are constantly in and out of there. The garage doesn’t hold and even temperature so sometimes we have to bring food in anyways to prevent it from spoiling.
I am really excited about our new pantry! It was a great weekend project and now we can check one more thing off of our list!
What projects are you working on?
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