11 comments on “Lemon Brioche Croissants

  1. My husband recently accepted a teaching position in Kotzebue. I enjoy all your posts and have tried several of your recipes while here in WI – I anticipate challenges in a new setting – especially with diet, but find relief with the options you give and recipes you share. Thank-you!

    • Congratulations on your husband being offered a job. You’ll have some fish in Kotz – salmon, char and whitefish. Caribou, too and maybe moose. People will very likely gift you with food such as this. Kotzebue is a hub up here – many of us further out in the bush fly through on our way to Anchorage and Fairbanks. We hope you’ll stay in touch. Things can be… how do I say this diplomatically… kinda crazy in the bush. You may walk into the position of your dreams… or something quite a bit less than that. Let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

      • Thank-you for the words or encouragement. We did not make this decision over night (actually it took us a year of planning). Kotz was one of my husbands top 4 choices of teaching locations (I am a nurse and we researched the health care system/job ops for me as well). Having lived in Wisconsin our entire life, my husband is an avid hunter and fisherman. Venison and pan fish are the base of many meals (and my recipes). I smiled when I saw your spice selections, we are very familiar with Penzey’s Spices and use them often.

        We are leaving a town of 1,400 people. The high school my husband is leaving has 265 students. He teaches English/History.. He has coached at this school for 24 years (wrestling/football/track). Saying good-bye will be difficult, but we are ready to begin a new chapter in our lives (the state of WI and our current Governor have helped many teachers make this decision). Our life is rather simple (wants vs. needs and less=more). Again, despite all the research of teaching in the bush, we are certain nothing can compare to actual experience. Any advice you care to share regarding things we will truly NEED (and may forget to send) are appreciated. I must have 10 lists started around the house (daily I add items).

        I look forward to following your blog and trying your recipes and hope to share some of our own 🙂

        • Yes, we’ve been reading about politics in Wisconsin (and Ohio, and other states). If you have any questions about gear or clothing or household goods… There are two very different strategies for living in the bush: 1) Most teachers take a minimalist approach, bringing up inexpensive items – and not very many at that. 2) A few people – us included – view this as our home. So we have good cookware, art, books and so forth and have made our house into a real home. Both ways have their proponents and their advantages.
          A few items we have been very happy to have:
          1) Muck Boots. We both have a pair of The Original Muck Boot Company’s Wetland model. We were recently out for five hours on the frozen sea, these were our boots, and our feet were warm. They are comfortable hikers for fall berry picking, adequate for fishing from river banks, and good hunting boots. We both have full-on big, heavy “Arctic” boots, but barely use them. Too clunky.
          2) Mountain Hardware Down Coats. Barbra thinks they were called “Zero” coats. They’re warm – 600 fill. You can sew a ruff on the hoods.
          3) A Zojirushi BBCC-X20 bread maker. Built to last, makes turning out all kinds of bread (and other things) a jiff.
          4) An extra upright, manual-defrost freezer. Food keeps a long time in a manual defrost freezer, and having the extra one (we have two, one compliments of the school district) has made it possible to stock up on fish in the fall and to make large quantities of soup, chili, stew, etc. to freeze.
          5) REI wind-proof fleece pants. These are amazing. Real comfortable, real warm, easy to walk in.
          6) Good mittens. We have Grandoe Gore-Tex mittens. On really cold days, gloves aren’t warm enough.
          Our advice is to bring along things you love. Teachers can – and do – go crazy out in the bush. The ones who do are usually the ones who talk in terms of “putting their lives on hold” while they “tough it out” for a school year in relatively empty, cheerless apartments/houses. We come home to a house full of our books, our favorite pieces of framed art, nice dinner settings, a good music system and good cookware every day. It makes life a real joy, and we can truly say that we LOVE living up here.
          Click here for a post about one way to ship goods out to the bush. Or type in “provisioning” in the search bar on our blog.
          Welcome to Alaska! Jack & Barbra Donachy
          If you have additional questions, feel free to email us at southjetty@hotmail.com

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