Dark Days 10 – BratsJanuary 23, 2010
No, not a complaint about the kids – in the Midwest “brats” rhymes with “tots” and is short for bratwurst.
Our local year round farmer’s market sells local, ethically raised meat products and my husband had picked up some bratwurst.
On Wednesday my husband made some rolls for the brats. He used the local flour and substituted local honey for the sugar in the recipe. According to the information we have about substituting honey for sugar he did it wrong. He substituted it 1 for 1 (1/3 cup of honey in place of a 1/3 cup of sugar). In theory you should use 1/2 has much honey and also cut the liquids back by some magic amount. He didn’t – and rolls were wonderful. They were moist, not crumbly, and stayed moist for the days it took us to eat them all (I had the last one with lunch on Friday and it was great). They were a bit sweet, and that tasted perfect with the bratwurst. Later, the sweetness, I think, made them especially tasty on their own without butter or jam.
We had the usual local hydroponic greens salad (because that is the only thing resembling SOLE food my son will eat – – sigh). We used olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing (not SOLEful I’m afraid). The kids had their Kilgus milk, and DH and I had wine from the local monks (what they call a chardonnay).
I have a few pictures, but frankly, brats are not photogenic, nor were the rolls. Believe me, it is better to imagine this meal than to see it – but it tasted great.