Friday Flotsam

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Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Can we talk about garlic cloves for a second? Not like, the flavor or anything, but the actual clove size, and the b.s. morphing of shrivelment that occurs over a short amount of time.

I always think about asking you about this when I’m IN the kitchen, frustrated as pathetic slivers of wimpy cloves slip through my fingers. Where have all the GUTSY CLOVES gooooooone? (yippie-iiii yippie-aaaay, yippie-iiii, yippie-aaaay.)

My question is, have you ever noticed how when you buy a head of garlic, the cloves are luscious, full, girthy? (<–sorry) And then by day 4 or 5 or whatever, the cloves have somehow septetified (<–I have no idea) into millions of puny little jokes of cloves? What sort of evil trick is nature playing on me here? I tried googling it and didn’t find a single thing in the entire three seconds I looked.

What life hack am I missing? Are there any tricks to keeping the cloves thick and stubby? I’ll do a dang voodoo dance for chubby cloves, you know I will.

Help me.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

NO-KNEAD BREAD. I’m totally jumping on the (very very old yet popular again right now this second today) bandwagon. (Also, I just typed bangwagon on accident. I think I just started a new thing. It may be questionable and mildly disturbing, but I think I like it. so.)

This bread! Have you tried it? A couple of weekends ago I had dinner with some friends of mine, one of whom made this fantastic no-knead bread. It’s four ingredients. It’s the easiest thing on the planet. A four-year old could make it. So I made it. AND IT IS BEYOND.

It’s Mark Bittman’s recipe, and we all know the man is brilliant, so we also know this bread will stand true. And it does. BOY it does. I added fresh rosemary from our garden and I don’t think I’ll ever rightly be the same. It’s a 24-hour deal, but most of it’s unattended. You bake the bread in a dutch oven! Isn’t that neat? I hereby declare I’m going to make this bread every single weekend for the rest of ever.

Thank you and goodbye.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Not really.

SOOO, this has been one of the craziest weeks, if not the craziest (besides giving birth to her tiny human), for one of my closest friends, Sarah. I’ve talked about her and her daughter Iris (also known as Natalie’s bee eff) tons of times on this here blog. Well, if you live on this planet, chances are you’ve seen the wildly popular story about Sarah throwing Iris a CVS-themed birthday party for her most recent birthday. It is so crazy, Buzzfeed posted the story Monday morning, and just like that it spread like wildfire. IT.WENT.VIRAL. Our entire group of friends sat back in awe as the day unfolded, as more and more big-time publications, TV stations and online journals reached out to share it. It even got so much attention that frickin’ BRITNEY SPEARS shared it on her Facebook page. WAT.

My friends are legit famous, you guys. It’s been fun to watch it all explode this week. Go, Sarah! Go, Iris! Go Siris?


Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

So no story will trump that last one, but this is pretty cute. (and not a paid endorsement, just plain fun to share)

Chronicle Books sent me and the babes a huge survival kit care package on how to prepare for DAYLIGHT SAVINGS WHICH IS IN A WEEK WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAAAAN? Sorry to scream. It was a pretty smart and well thought-out package, I have to say. Fresh coffee beans (win), a coffee mug (win), three books about going to freaking sleep (triple win), Advil (hahahah), little fridge magnets (cute), and a Pottery Barn Kids gift card! Hello, yes. I never shop there, but I’m shhhhur I’ll find sumpin’. Thanks, C-Books!

Also, DST in one week. How? Why? I’m writing a letter to congress.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Weekend plans?!

We’re going to be joining the masses and cheering our Royals on. ( I say “our” since I live here. I’m not some gross sports loon or something.) Oh! We got the kiddies’ Halloween costumes all figured out. I’m afraid to give you a hint because I’m positive you’ll guess it. But here goes: color pattern.

Okay so yeah, about those garlic cloves…?

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18 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb October 23, 2015 at 7:40 am #
    DLS kinda sucks and I don't understand it. You start the me the dotted line. We=you- got this. Oh, and where did you get your slippers...cuz' my cold self needs that level of warmth :)
    • Bev Weidner October 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm #
      Ohhhh my slippers are Target! But like, two years ago. But I feel like they'll still have the same style!
  2. Jess @ Tinder District October 23, 2015 at 9:11 am #
    Hahaha, bangwagon... dying! Have a great weekend!
  3. Carly October 23, 2015 at 9:26 am #
    So I love your blog, I love your writing and I love your babies, but for this weekend, you are the enemy - go Blue Jays!!
  4. Maknzee October 23, 2015 at 10:13 am #
    The Girthy Garlic Cloves is definitely the name of my new band. And it's getting to be soup and bread weather, which makes me very happy and that bread looks awesome. Definitely down to jump on that no-knead bangwagon with you. Have a lovely weekend!
  5. Denita October 23, 2015 at 10:52 am #
    Um, I'm not sure what is going on with your garlic...that's weird. I keep mine in the plastic veggie bag from the grocery store for a good month at the bottom of my pantry with my potatoes and haven't experienced this. Maybe mine just loves the smell of the trash can and potatoes that are only fit for mashed potatoes. (I just made everyone want to come to a dinner party at my house - garlic mashed potatoes will be served)
  6. Christine October 23, 2015 at 10:58 am #
    I find when I buy garlic from the farmers' market it stays non-shrively longer (and doesn't sprout nearly as quickly) as when I buy it at the grocery store. Maybe it's fresher?
  7. Heather October 23, 2015 at 11:19 am #
    That birthday party is amazing haha good for the parents for embracing their child's weird (but warranted) obsession with CVS!
  8. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog October 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm #
    No knead bread, wins life!!
  9. Megan@Cozy Eats October 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm #
    No knead bread is the best! I posted a recipe for no knead bacon bread, and it is life changing. I mean, it's bacon.
  10. janet October 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm #
    I keep my garlic wrapped in a sheet of absorbent kitchen paper in a plastic bag in the coolest place in the fridge (pressing as much air out as possible). the kitchen paper absorbs any moisture. Keeps for at least two or three weeks.
  11. Vanessa October 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm #
    You need red Russian garlic ! Large cloves always. About four cloves equal a huge bulb
  12. Marylou Kormann October 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm #
    I make that no knead bread all the time and it still amazes me, when you remove the lid of the pot and that beautiful loaf of bread is right i did it!! Thank you for sharing your pictures and recipes, love it and have tried many recipes.
  13. Mom24_4evermom October 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm #
    You do realize DST is ending, not beginning, right? I detest DST. Give me back my sleeeep! Love when we get that hour back. Love the bread. Love your pics. Jealous as heck of that survival kit.
    • Bev Weidner October 25, 2015 at 8:22 am #
      Right, right! The end of it! When it gets dark at like 3pm, THAT makes me saddeth. (I DO love the extra hour of sleep that night, though. Fo.Sho.)
  14. Laurie October 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm #
    I don't understand why the USA continues to do the DST! Everybody hates it. I thought we were supposed to stop doing it. About the garlic - I think because it is shipped from who knows where? and how long ago? It is not that fresh. I stumbled across a great place to order garlic on the internet. It is They have different kinds to choose from and they are SOOOO fresh! I keep them in the paper bags they sent them in. I know dark and cool is best for garlic and onions. I also keep them away from potatoes. There is a chemical reaction that happens when they are stored close together. It causes the onions /garlic to rot and the potatoes to sprout. I ordered two kinds of garlic. One is called Music and the other is Red Vietnamese. They are both really good but the red bulbs are really tiny. The Music cloves are so fresh I can hardly squeeze them in the garlic press! Hope this helps!
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