The Veil is Lifted

I adore Halloween time and celebrations. I do not love dressing up in costumes, but I like seeing others and I like the actually creepy decorations as I walk around the neighborhood. Where I live now, rosemary grows prolifically. Traditionally, rosemary is a symbol of remembrance and can be used to cook or bake something and honor those who have lived and have passed on.

In particular, I choose to remember my grandmother Eula. She was the first person in my life from whom I felt unconditional love.

I baked this Rosemary Olive Oil Cake and remembered her presence and quiet beauty and acceptance of myself and my sisters.

It has a beautiful crunchy top and copious amounts of dark chocolate.

The generous and genius Heidi Swanson shared the recipe many moons ago. I give it top marks and it is one of the simplest cakes to make.

Happy Samhain, Hallow’s Eve, and Halloween!

Peace and love,

Kristan

Rosemary Lemon Parmesan Sourdough Crackers

These crackers started with the basic recipe for my regular sourdough crackers, but I was digging deep into the refrigerator trying to find items that needed to be eaten.

What I found was some rosemary butter I had made quite a while ago and decided that would be a good cracker flavor.

Rosemary and lemon would make a good combination, so I added a bit of lemon infused olive oil and zested a lemon to add a bit of that to the dough as I rolled each section out.

Parmesan would be a good addition as well, so I sprinkled a bit on top. It is the shelf stable kind bought in bulk.

A pinch of pink salt was sprinkled on top as well before using my rolling pin to really make the toppings stick.

The original recipe has the dough sit for at least 6 hours, but I didn’t really want any sourdough flavor in these crackers, so I baked them right away and it’s exactly what I wanted for a cracker flavor: savory, buttery, a tiny bit cheesy, and crispy.

So tasty! I enjoyed them today topped with my fermented honey cranberries.

Peace and love,

Kristan