Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sushki, Saving, etc.

*Meet sushki! Isn’t that a fun little word to say? Sushki! In Russian, it stems from the word for “dry,” and, indeed, sushki are little round crackers (that are always sold on a string.) Think of them as a cross between a bagel and a pretzel. I like dipping them in milk and twirling them on my fingers.

*The local paper has a new blog on saving money in a recession. Did you know that you can save on groceries if you clip coupons and don't shop when you're hungry? It's true. There’s something tragicomic about earnestly peddling these tips amidst the horror show that is the economy. (Here's my stab at money-saving tips: a guide to grocery shopping in Milwaukee on the cheap.

*Are you ready for the Recession Latte? That's what I call the coffee drink I often make in my very own kitchen for about 20 cents a pop. You make some strong coffee in a French press using freshly ground coffee beans. Then you heat up some milk (I like 1 cup milk to 1/2 cup coffee), add to the coffee, and voila: tastes like a latte minus the expense (and, um, the foam).

8 comments:

Irene said...

Your latte - aka cafe creme - is actually just how I like my coffee, and no one seems to make it around here. Darn Starbucks. I know what you mean about the "tips" - they are just insulting.

Anna said...

Have you ever tried to mix coffee with condensed milk? I used to love it as a kid. Very sweet, but I haven't had that in ages (stopped drinking coffee more than 5 years ago).

Yulinka said...

Irene-My coffee is probably far from perfect, but I like it just fine. I'm not overly picky about coffee, as long as it's not drip. People complain about Starbucks, but it tastes fine to me. I object to the price.

Anna-I actually like condensed milk on its own. When I was a kid, I ate it out of the can with a spoon. My mom puts it on bread. It's a very Soviet thing. I guess it was a real treat back then.

Suzy said...

You can make excellent foam by putting the warm milk in a mug that will accommodate a whisk. Stand the whisk in the mug, place your hands over the whisk handle, and rub your hands together for 10 seconds. The foam isn't the dry type you get at Starbucks, but for some people that's a plus.

The Butcher Family said...

I make my coffee the same way, except I put the milk in a large measuring cup and use my inexpensive hand frother to generate foam. Then I stick it in the microwave for a minute of so. If you feel luxurious add a bit of flavored syrup and it's just as good as Starbucks!

shushka said...

Sushki... that's where my "Shushka" nickname comes from :)

Olga said...

How about cooked condenced milk? My mom used it for making cream in her baking, and I would beg her to cook an extra can.

As for coffee, if you still have a jesva and are lucky to have a gas stove try substituting milk for water while making your coffee. Add some sugar, and bring it to nearly a boil 2 -3 times.

Julia (alias Yulinka Cooks) said...

Olga-I like eating condensed milk right out of the jar. :) But it's too sweet for me in my morning coffee, though. I have an electric stove, unfortunately.

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