Monday, April 07, 2014

Creme Fraiche

I just read that I could make creme fraiche by puttign a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt into whipping cream and leaving it out on the counter for 12-24 hours. I'll let you know how the experiment has gone tomorrow. I'm hoping for a 35% milk fat type yogurt to feed Miriam....


GT said...

I've made creme fraiche using buttermilk before. I would imagine yogurt would work similarly, but you might get a milder flavor with buttermilk. Should be yummy in any case.

Steph said...

Hi Kyra,

Wondering how your yogurt experiment worked out. Was it good? If it didn't, you could try looking for a warmer place. I've been wanting to try making yogurt, but read that you need to keep it between 100 and 110 degrees F, so I was trying to figure out where I could keep it. Lennil is worried it might explode or something if I leave it on top of the water heater. Any ideas?

Oh dear, poor you, with Elizabeth. I hope she starts to feel better about sleeping soon.

Thanks for the early reader suggestions, and thank you Kyra's readers too. Maybe we should take a look at Bob books, or the website suggested. Right now I can get Charles to read a word or two from every page in a good book, but he doesn't want to read sentences on his own.

Thomas... Hmmmm... Charlie learned to actually read at Montessori school, but it really helped that we had taught him all the letter sounds really well before even trying to do any actual reading, and lots of activities that actually taught him to hear the sounds in words - no sitting down and doing anything, just playing sound games, and rhyming, or getting him to guess words by hearing a string of the letter sounds. He was really interested in cars and trucks, so it was things like "'r [sound]' is on fire, let's go put it out, [with the fire truck]"!, etc. A couple of things I read said that many kids actually learn to write before they learn to read, by playing with magnetic letters after they know the sounds. Don't know if anything like that would appeal to Thomas. I bet he'll have some kind of leap all of a sudden, after you've done a bunch of other things with him. Eager to hear what works for him.

Sorry about not responding to your reply sooner. I don't get on our big computer very often.

lissla lissar said...

Thomas is book-resistant. I've just started drawing a letter or two with him when we're doing drawing, and we'll see how it goes, but it makes it harder doing letter recognition via lots of reading. He overhears reading all the time, but doesn't ask for storybooks on his own much. Totally different from Nat, who basically taught himself up to beginning phonics. Thomas is going to take a much more hands-on and intensive approach.

We have billions of magnetic letters, but with Thomas it's like I have to sneak up on learning very gently and slip it in. We'll get there. It's just going to be a totally different experience.