Hiya! I thought I might as well get the exclamation point out of the way right off the bat because I tend to be a bit excitable. Especially now that I’m a Deb! Okay…two per post, that’s my limit.
My name is Joëlle Anthony, and I’m pretty sure I was chosen to be a Deb because I know how to make butter. It’s true. You see, when I applied, there was a section on the application for “other things we should know” or something like that, and since I didn’t really think I should admit right then that I have trouble with commas, I decided to explain how to make butter. I am thinking that the 09 Debs read that and thought, “Now there’s a well-rounded girl.” Or not.
It’s possible I was chosen because I have a debut novel coming out in 2010. Yeah, maybe that was it. It’s a Young Adult book called Restoring Harmony and it will be out May 13th, 2010 from Putnam. I’ll wait while you go add that to your Yahoo calender. Okay…finished? Great. Over the next year, I’m sure I will blather on ad nauseum talk a bit about my book, so for now, I’ll just say that I’m really excited, both for my book’s release, and to be a Deb.
I first heard about the Debs from Eileen Cook, who used to be one. She made it look fun, exciting, and glamourous, so I set my sights on becoming one too. As a tribute to Ms. Cook (author of fabulous books like WHAT WOULD EMMA DO? and GETTING REVENGE ON LAUREN WOOD), I asked to blog on Fridays, so here I am. These are high heels to fill, but I’m going to give it my best shot.
Like Eileen, I live in British Columbia. Unlike Eileen, who lives in a metropolis, I live on a tiny island in the Straight of Georgia. My husband and I are striving for sustainability by growing a lot of our own food (this means we don’t have real jobs and if we want to eat, we’ve got to work the land), walking or riding our bikes most places, and taking “green vacations” (sleeping on our porch). My husband is a musician and a photographer, and sometimes we are both actors…so yeah…we really need you to buy my book, because so far, we’re mostly Not For Profit.
I keep a couple of blogs on my website – one about writing, and one about what I’m reading, as well as a fun blog called Sunday Soup which is about our adventures each week when we open our house up to friends and family for vegetarian soup and bread. Cooking is my other passion, as you’ll discover. And on that note, here’s how you make butter:
1 quart of heavy cream (at least 33% fat)
Fill the bowl of the food processer about 2/3 of the way with cream (it should have the blade in it). Add 1/2 tsp of salt if you want it and put the lid on. Turn it on. Wait and watch. Depending on your cream, and your processor, this can take about 5 minutes or so. It will turn to whipped cream after a bit. Then suddenly, like magic, it will turn to butter (I really wanted to put an exclamation point there, but I’ve used the allotment). Give it 30 seconds or a minute to clump together into a ball. Turn it off, remove the lump of butter and squeeze it to get all the buttermilk out of it. Voila. Butter.
I usually freeze what I don’t use because homemade butter doesn’t last more than a day or two in the fridge. I mean, it probably does, but it starts to smell funny, so I don’t eat it. You can use the buttermilk for something too.
And now you know everything you need to know about me…until next week, anyway.