Conserving Energy with a new (for us) diet

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summary: recipe for bannock cheese pinwheels; a little information about raw food diet; (click on image for larger view and more photos)

cheese pinwheels Not long ago, a colleague was talking about how she was trying to adhere to her Raw Food diet because when she did, she felt so much better.

And the recent Earth Hour got me thinking about how important it is for us to be conserving energy. We could conserve massive amounts of energy by going on the Raw Food diet. No need to turn on the oven or stove. All that would have to be running would be the refrigerator. (At least I’m guessing that it’s important to keep one’s food in the refrigerator if it’s going to be consumed raw.)

But the one thing I’m not willing to give up is bread. I adore bread!!

Luckily, I was a girl guide and learned about bannock when at girl guide camp. (Most recipes for bannock are basically the same as Mom’s recipe for baking powder biscuits.) I’m positive that the Captain said that if you were in a hurry or couldn’t build a fire that bannock could be eaten raw. How perfect is that?

To make eating raw bread more attractive, I thought it would be smart to make it look nice. So I decided to make pinwheels.

Raw bannock cheese pinwheels
based on Mom’s baking powder biscuit recipe and cheese pinwheels

  • ½ c organic wholewheat flour
  • 1½ c organic unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp organic seasalt
  • ¼ c organic leaf lard
  • 1 c organic raw milk
  • ½ c organic raw milk cheddar cheese, grated
  • dried organic cayenne pepper flakes, finely ground

Preparation

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in lard til it is pea sized.
  2. Add milk. Stir just until it all holds together.
  3. Lightly flour the board (or counter) and use your palms to flatten the dough into a rectangle about half an inch thick. Scatter grated cheese and finely ground dried cayenne chillis overtop.
  4. Roll the rectangle into a log. Let a dough scraper be your friend to help rolling. Pinch the seam together.
  5. Use a piece of unwaxed unflavoured dental floss to cut the pinwheels. Space them well apart on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

Serve immediately.

(Those of you who are squeamish about eating raw lard can put the tray on the top shelf of the oven and bake at 375F for 10 to 15 minutes until the pinwheels are golden and the cheese is bubbling.)

But really, try them raw. They’re remarkable! (really???*)

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Okay I know this one is lame, but… ha ha… April fool!

 

edit: I looked everywhere on the Google homepage to see what they had up their sleeves today but couldn’t find anything anywhere. How disappointing is that? So I googled to find out if cutbacks had caused Google to stop wasting time on April Fools’ jokes. Here’s what I found:
 
About Google April Fool’s Day Jokes and Pranks

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  • CAM

    Hey, you had me fooled, Elizabeth. But I heard the same story about raw bannock – Lord Baden Powell apparently felt it demonstrated a lack of toughness to want one’s bannock cooked. I trust there’s no fooling about recipe for *cooked* cheese pinwheels?

  • Barbara

    Raw cheese pinwheels would be no good because of the unmelted cheese. Ew.

    I hope it was a typo that your recipe calls for non-organic baking powder.

  • ejm

    Ooops!! Yes, that was a typo, Barbara. I completely forgot to add “organic” to the baking powder. (Is it even possible to buy “organic” baking powder?? It’s not as if there is anything organic in baking powder… it’s just salts, isn’t it?)

    Really, CAM? You were fooled? I’m thrilled to hear it. The recipe for the cooked pinwheels is not a hoax. In fact, the photo here is stolen from a post last year about cheese pinwheels.

    I was contemplating making some baking powder biscuits and wrapping the dough around some sticks to bake them but I didn’t think of it soon enough. I thought Baden Powell’s idea to eat the bannock raw was to save on fuel – no need to build a fire if it’s not necessary and all that. :lalala:

    -Elizabeth