Kohupiimaküpsised American Style

I love languages despite the fact that I can only (and barely) reliably speak one. Kohupiimaküpsised translates as cheesecake (or curd cake) on Google Translate. To me that is wonderful, but totally inaccurate! They are actually more like an American biscuit than a cake. I think this has to do with the fact that “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” I am going to attribute that quote to me, as no other writer seems to want it. And it is very true. When an American says biscuit, they think of a delicious, quick bread bun, or roll. When a Brit says biscuit they think of a dessert or snack that is fairly sweet. Think of a chocolate chip cookie (biscuit), or a ginger snap, or a vanilla wafer. I am certain that the movie, “Free Willey,” caused quite the humorous stir in Great Britain, when it debuted. Continue reading “ Kohupiimaküpsised American Style”

Fear Is The Mind Killer

When I was a young man, just out of high school, I did what most young men did after high school. I went to University. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I ended up majoring in Fussball and pinball. After the first year, the Dean of my College wrote a very nice, heartfelt letter to me, asking me to perhaps reevaluate where my life was going before registering for another semester. In effect, he told me to quit before I was quit! Continue reading “Fear Is The Mind Killer”

The Pitfalls Are Where We Learn.

Learning a new cooking skill can be difficult and expensive. I wish I could tell you that there is a short cut to learning by doing, but if there is, I have not yet found it. I really want to learn to smoke and cure foods. So far, I have done some very respectable pork butts (the shoulder of the pig), but ribs and beef brisket still evade me. Continue reading “The Pitfalls Are Where We Learn.”