Monday, September 15, 2014

homemade cheese

basic soft curd process for Farmhouse Cheddar

use non homogenized, low temperature pasteurized milk 3L
heat to 32C and add mesophilic culture hold for one hour at 32
add rennet, stir and hold for another hour at temp
then cut curds and raise temp to 38C very slowly over 1/2 hour

drain for 1 hour or so
3L of milk will yield from 300 to 350 grams of cheese

press for 10 mins then turn over, press again for 15 mins
then turn over, press for 12 hours

from a square mold after overnight pressing
air dry at room temp for about 5 days

vacuum bag after drying 

some b.linens mold has taken hold, shouldn't be a big problem
age for 3-4 weeks at 10C in vegetable drawer of refrigerator 

a little more challenging, Bleu cheese
innoculated with high quality store bought cheese from France

after one week of air drying the bleu mold is really taking hold
it requires longer aging unwrapped at 10C

mini bleu test

still hitting the beach, nicer than ever

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Finally fulfilled my dream of camping at the beach

hot springs and all

jungle surfing

sometimes it seems like a real jungle
cucumbers and pumpkins in a plum tree

We lost all our remaining ducks to this guy
Either an immature golden eagle イヌワシor a mountain hawk eagle

it's hard to be upset by such an impressive creature


view on youtube HD speed 1/4

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Here, there, and everywhere

Black morel
I finally was able to attend an edible plant workshop,
been looking for years and years, never anything
in my area.  Hands on is the way to go.

A weather balloon radiosonde that was launched in Matsue, Shimane
rose to an altitude of 30,000m / 100,000 ft. and travelled 160
kilometers to our mountains.  We recovered the torn balloon and
parachute as well and reported to the national meteorological agency.

A real gold mine hidden deep in plain sight

functional art

The best of on-piste 2014

Powder galore- my face hurt from smiling all day


Monday, February 24, 2014

It never gets old

I never tire of climbing the mountains around our house.
10 years now and it doesn't get old. 

It's just too darn convenient

Olympic sledding

How's that for a Cup Noodle commercial?


simple pleasures

snow cave with a view

the trail is directly on top

getting late

long shadows tell a story

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Heavy skiing

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Paradise found.....and lost

Heavy snows up high recently, and not too bad down below.

Heading up the lower portion of the first pitch up Darumagamine
 the snow here is almost ready, the base is not quite firm enough.
Feeling good and confident from all the MTB riding.

surfs up on the top

a good 2 meters worth

good skiing ahead

This is Hyogo (or Japan)  weather in microcosm.  To the right (north) the heavy weather from the sea brings snow.
on the left the sun prevails. We are smack dab in the middle.

It never ceases to amaze me that the Inland Sea is visible from this distance.

The three sentinel pines at the foot of Futougamine

The trailless peak of Hachimansan, which supposedly has some
other-wordly significance.

3 hours of climbing and a well deserved lunch break at the cache
Just behind the lunch and cache spot it opens up into this beautiful
glade when the snow is deep enough.  The plan is to ski right down the center
and follow the ridge down all the way to the logging road.  Then take the
logging road back to my house, about 4 km. and get my car from the trailhead tomorrow.

After an hour semi-lost, exhausted, and  thankful to be back at the trail.
I came out just above the 3 pines at 3pm and a long way to go back down.

The red line marks my decent approximately.  The yellow
rectangles were planned ski routes.  As I got lower the woods became impassible on skis.
The snow depth was more than sufficient, but the brush was too
thick to ski through.  The blue line marks my retreat back
to the trail.  It was only 300? meters or so, but was so difficult
that at times I was crawling to make any headway in the  sometimes thigh deep snow.
My skis provided no help in the traverse as the brush was too thick
and the terrain  too steep.  I have to admit that there were two moments
when it seemed I'd be spending a long cold night up there before finding the trail.
 Retracing my tracks 600m. or so back to the cache uphill  was my last resort,
 going laterally 300m. was difficult enough.

And miles to go before I sleep, halfway home.