Monday, February 15, 2010

The Methow Valley Doggie Dash

An annual six legged race with a costume contest held at the Town Trailhead in Winthrop. There are divisions for kids and adults and big dogs, little dogs and very big dogs. Yesterday's snow conditions were less than desirable however it may have given the competitors a more even playing field, so to speak. 
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Starts are very exciting
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Methow Valley Doggie Dash


A blue kangaroo
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Kids have their own division.
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Getting psyched up before the race.
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


It is required that dogs and people stay connected.
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Ricochet even raced against the big dogs
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


The really, really big dogs raced in a division named 'Clydesdales'
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Even with two dogs, this team came in last in its race.
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Kristen and Sunshine managed to eke out a victory in this close finish.
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


Waiting for race time.
Methow Valley Doggie Dash


A disppointing finish for this well dressed pair.
Methow Valley Doggie Dash

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bread making

Making whole grain breads has always been a challenge for me. Recently I picked up Peter Reinhart's book on the topic and decided to try again. Using only Bluebird Grain Farms whole wheat flour, I came up with a pretty acceptable loaf and some good rolls too.

Reinhart says it's best to weigh all ingredients.
everything should be weighed



This is called a soaker. It was made last night.
soaker


This is the wild yeast starter, also made last night and incorporating a starter that took most of a week to get started using only wild yeasts.
wild yeast starter


Here the two batches are chunked up to go into the mixer.
dough chunks


I like my Kitchenaid mixer.
kneading with a dough hook


Here is the dough after the first knead, resting for five minutes.
after the first knead


And here it is after just another minute or two of hand kneading.
after the second knead


Ready for the first rise.
ready to rise


And after the first rise.
first rise


In the pans.
in the pan


Ready to bake. It probably rose just a little too much.
ready to bake


And the rolls ready to bake.
rolls ready to bake


Fresh rolls for dinner!
rolls


Well, there were six........
rolls minus one


And the finished loaf!
finished loaf