Weekly Update: August 30 – September 5

I know I say this every month, but it really is hard to believe that another month has gone by! The last week has been really good. Getting back to work has been nice, but I still feel like I am trying to adjust after the two weeks off. Last week I finished the week with my Thursday dinners. The weekend was pretty relaxing and full of some cooking. Tuesday ended up being a busy day with the market, a dessert order, and Mr. VIW’s (Mr. Vegan in Wyoming) birthday!

As usual, I left off with Thursday dinners. I had a few orders, but it wasn’t too many. I think it was a little slower since it was the week before everyone went back to school. I did a dinner that I have done a few times before, and it turned out really well. I was able to use pretty much all local ingredients, which was nice. I got my zucchini from a friend’s garden, which was really nice. I also had some fun with the dinner because I had a few people with nut allergies. I usually just leave the cashew cream or almond milk out of things and use vegetable purée or tofu for creaminess, but I decided to make flax milk instead. Apparently the dinner turned out better than it has before, so I am crediting my flax milk experiment for that. I had never made flax milk before so that was interesting, but it turned out really creamy and I didn’t mind it.

Over the weekend, I decided to go on a little apple picking adventure. There is a park near my house that has four or five crabapple trees. I went over there with the intention of picking a bunch of crab apples for applesauce and apple butter. I got to the park and there were so many of them on the ground that I ended up just cleaning up around the tree for 90% of my apples. I get this weird guilt when it comes to food waste, so I figured that I would get the ones that were going to rot first, then go back and get more as they fall off of the tress. It was a fun adventure, and I hadn’t done anything like it before. I ended up making a few things with the crabapples. I knew that I wanted to make applesauce because I have my grandmother’s old fruit press with wooden pestle, and I wanted to put it to good use. At the end of the day, I had some applesauce, but the real highlight was the fruit leather I made. I just spread some of the thickened applesauce (it naturally thickened after cooking it down) onto a sheet pan lined with parchment and put it in the convection oven on 185º for a couple of hours. We ate a whole pan of the fruit leather the first night, so the next day I made twice as much. I loved it. Crabapples are super tart, which I love, so I was instantly hooked!

After the long weekend, I had a very busy day scheduled. I wasn’t really feeling it, but I came up with some pretty tasty treats for the market. I had a dessert order for some brownies and a cake to be picked up that evening as well. On top of having the market and that order, it was Mr. VIW’s birthday, so I made a couple dozen cookies for him to take to work. It ended up being hectic, but everything got done and I still had some leftovers after the market. It tends to slow down this time of year, since everyone is back to school and not out enjoying the summer.

Tomorrow I have my Thursday dinners. I have a pretty average amount of orders, and a dozen cupcakes on top of that, so it’ll keep me busy. I am really looking forward to having a full normal week in the coming week, and I look forward to sharing my update next week!

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