- 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Low-Carb Baking Mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup cream
- some water
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Can You Soak Artisan Bread?
You knew I’d ask that question, right? I think that was my initial hang-up with the method; I was just getting into soaking and sourdough, and I didn’t want to take a potential step backward in nutrition, even if it was easier. (If you haven’t been around KS lately, catch up on the soaking grains research.)
Jen at the Leftover Queen mentioned that she successfully soaked the olive oil bread recipe, so I jumped in to try to soak the master whole wheat recipe. The results were a bit sticky and an expected *fail*, but the reviews at the table last night included, “Mmmm, this is really good bread!” from the in-laws, so I guess it worked out alright!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
- Monday - I stayed home and felt miserable, so I made spaghetti. Easy, simple spaghetti. Only three more jars of sauce left...eek!!
- Tuesday - Hubby was hungry at 4:30 and decided he wanted tomato soup and grilled cheese. Good for him, he made it himself (but left a big mess in the kitchen!) I made some yummy beef and broccoli thing. Lots of garlic and ginger to clear up whatever evil is lurking in my respiratory system. I also used about half of the beef stock I made. The stock is wonderfully delicious, and so rich in gelatin that it gelled at room temp! I've got about a pint left. And it still didn't get very dark...oh well. Better than my first attempts!
- Wednesday - I still haven't decided whether I'm venturing out to volleyball tonight or not, but either way, I have to make dinner because nothing made it to the crockpot this morning as I usually try to do. I'm think chicken nuggets and a nice big salad are in order for tonight!
- Thursday - Pork chops with broccoli and cheese sauce
- Friday - Dinner at our friends' house
- Saturday - Dinner out for a friend's birthday
- Sunday - Pizza
Monday, February 15, 2010
- Wholesome Fats for High-heat Cooking: Tallow, suet, ghee or clarified butter, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa butter, Tallow, suet, ghee or clarified butter, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa butter - check! I have coconut oil and tallow for use in my kitchen. However, I do use regular butter for cooking, not clarified butter. I need to work on that.
- Fish Oil - I take a fish oil supplement. I tried taking cod liver oil once, but it really made me gag. I will try again soon.
- Flax Seed Oil - I'm looking for some for salad dressings.
- Unrefined Olive Oil - check! I love olive oil on a salad or over roasted veggies (after roasting now, not before :)
- Butter - I love butter. I haven't been eating as much because I haven't been eating bread and that is my favorite way to have it. It's good on veggies too though. I have learned to appreciate broccoli with butter. I need to work on not cooking with it until it's clarified though. I'd like to find a source for grassfed butter, but for now it's just regular butter from the store. One step at a time i guess.
- Since I didn't get my started started on time (and unfortunately still haven't), I couldn't bake a true sourdough loaf. I did however make a no-knead bread that at least allows the whole wheat flour to soak all day long. I used regular yeast, but it's a start. I didn't get a starter going yet, but hope to tonight. I definitely don't want to start it and then sneeze in it or something!
- This is another fail on my end. I'm still trying to find a dairy near here that we can get raw milk and cream from. We don't really drink milk by itself, so buying a $6-$8 gallon of organic milk isn't going to happen. I use cream, but haven't been able to find a good organic source. I'm still trying though!
- Check! I started rehydrating our kefir grains, so I should have some yummy water kefir in about 5 more days. I also want to try some of the fermented condiments from Nourishing Traditions, but I don't know when.
- I've been following along and doing what I can. I still don't think I have a passing grade, but it's not about passing or failing. It's about learning, and I am learning.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
- natural sweeteners - I'm halfway there. If I use actual sweeteners, I do use natural ones, like honey and molasses. I've also got about two pounds of organic cane sugar to go through.
- wholesome fats - I am good here! I still have a jug of canola oil I'm using to fry, but once it's gone, I won't be replacing it. But other than that, I use butter, coconut oil, olive oil and bacon grease/lard.
- whole meal flours - I'm pretty good here too. Once again, I'm using up the whole wheat and bread flour that I have and hope to move to milling my own and sprouting grains.
- unrefined sea salt - check!
- meat (grass fed, organic) - check! Though I need some work on the organic pastured part.
- fresh fruit & veg - check!
- full fat dairy - check!
- naturally fermented foods - I'm going to be starting my water kefir this weekend. I WILL do it!
- White flour is bad, very, very bad - check!
- Whole wheat flour isn't much better. I loses a lot of it's goodness and contains phytic acid which prevents digestion. - I'm working on it. I'm using up what I have, and then I'll get better, I promise! I just can't throw away a 2 5 gallon buckets of flour (I have one wheat and one bread). But I will start soaking my dough to help.
- Start sourdough, soaking grains and sprouted flour. - on my list for the future.
- I missed that one...oops! I'll get on that hopefully in the morning.
- Activates enzymes
- increases vitamin content
- neutralizes anti-nutrients.
- I haven't yet, but I'll explain why in the next day's info
- I have neither a dehydrator or a grain mill, so I will be waiting to do this until I can get these things :)
- Check! I don't think I did a very good job, but I'm working on it, and that's what this is all about for me. Learning!
Yeah! I got it up on a Monday again :) I spent a total of about $15 at the grocery this weekend, eggs, rutabagas, cauliflower and pop. That evil beverage my husband and I seem to still be addicted to!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
So far, if I had to give myself a grade, it would probably be D-. Worst grade I have ever gotten! I have to admit, it's been a little more intense at the beginning than I anticipated. My main hang-ups so far are my husband, the low-carb thing and our budget! We are really trying to work on our mountain of debt and get it paid off so we are in a better position all around for the future. And right now, getting rid of food that is already in my pantry is really hard to do! I am working on my own version of using them up and not replacing unless it's been in the pantry a while and not used.
Day #1 Check List:
For today's assignment make sure to clear your cupboards of the following processed foods as well as anything containing these ingredients:
- Vegetable Oils: Soybean, Cottonseed, Canola, Corn
- Sugar: White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Turbinado, Agave Nectar (including "raw"), Sugar in the raw
- Stevia: white stevia powder, stevia liquid
- Shortening (excluding palm shortening)
- White flour: all-purpose flour, unbleached all-purpose flour, white rice flour,
- Soy foods: soy sauce, soy flour, soy milk, soy lecithin, isoflavone-enriched foods and supplements
- Dried Pastas and Noodles
- Iodized Salt
- Refined Sea Salt
- Meat & Dairy Replacements: TVP, veggie burgers, vegan cheeses, sour creams, rice and nut milks, vegan sausages
- Processed cheeses
- Skim and Low-fat Dairy: cheese, milk, yogurts etc.
- Boxed cereals, crackers and cookies
- make breakfast sandwiches for Hubby
- low-carb crepes
- low-carb hazelnut spread!! :)