Whoa!! That’s Really Red Bread (BBB December 2016)

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Bread Baking Babes December 2016 summary: recipe for Beet Challah; fear of sourdough and scary colours; expectations and realisations; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) December 2016: Beet Bread

beet bread Oh the weather outside is frightful….

It snowed again last night. And I’m not ready for winter. I’m never ready for winter.

I know. It’s December. Whenever I hear the song “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”, I think about how foolish the dreamers are. Sure, the ground all covered in glistening white is very pretty. But it’s coooooold.

So it’s the perfect time to hide in the kitchen and bake bread.

Cathy (Bread Experience) chose a brilliantly coloured bread for the BBBabes to bake this month: red beet challah. Then she threw a spanner in the works. She said that it would be a sourdough red beet challah.

Noooooo!! I don’t want to have another pet!

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adding wheat germ to bread dough IS a good idea

summary: 50% whole wheat bread, using Ken Forkish’s 50% whole wheat bread recipe and using Michael Pollan’s method of sifting the wholewheat flour; adding wheat germ;

We are still reading “Cooked” by Michael Pollan (it takes a long time to to read a book when reading it aloud) and just came to the fascinating section on milling. I’ve known for a while that, nowadays, whole wheat flour was simply white flour with the bran and germ added back in. But what I didn’t know was that it might be possible that all of the wheat germ has NOT been put back.

And I got to thinking about the fact that our 10kg bag of 100% whole wheat flour lasts a suspiciously long time without going rancid….

Further grinding of the gears in my brain deduced that if the reason that wheat germ tends to go rancid is because of the fat content in it, and that flavour is often carried by fat, maybe I should try adding wheat germ to boost the flavour of our bread. (continue reading )

You win some – you lose some

summary: Wine and whine;

:-) Oh! Oh! :-)
vintage wine

We are always a little nervous opening wine that we’ve been keeping. There’s always the fear that it will be over-the-hill.

But we shouldn’t have been afraid; this one hadn’t quite reached its peak.

It. was. fabulous.

…just like all the years we’ve spent together.

Oh Oh…. :lalala:

When will I learn?! (continue reading )

Eating from the book…. Karma beet and coconut soup

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Beet Soup summary: recipe for Karma Beet and Coconut Soup, based on a recipe in the accompanying cookbook for Monica Bhide’s novel, “Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken”; substitutions and/or additions; book review;


Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken This book that is reminiscent of a Bollywood Movie (I could almost imagine the dance sequences!) is a fun light read, in spite of its underlying serious message reminding us of the inordinate number of people in the world who go hungry and how we well-fed ones treat them.

Yes, you’ll have to suspend your disbelief from time to time, but the interesting twist at very beginning with “taste of childhood” and the silliness of reality TV show, as well as the descriptions of the actual kitchen make it well worth reading the book. (continue reading )

Eeeeek! …porridge bread (BBB November 2016)

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BBB November 2016 summary: recipe for Porridge Bread, based on a recipe in “The Village Baker” by Joe Ortiz; reading difficulties – again (still??); in spite of me, we have delicious bread once again; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) November 2016: Porridge Bread

Rye Porridge, eh?

When I was growing up, we often had porridge for breakfast – oatmeal porridge, that is. We would sprinkle brown sugar on top and pour milk over the hot cereal. Sometimes there were dates cooked into the porridge. I loved spooning into a steaming bowl of Mum’s porridge each morning before bundling myself into leggings, parka, scarves, mittens, hat and heading off to kindergarten.

So, when our family was moving from Winnipeg to Edmonton, and took the train to get there, (that’s right, people used to choose to travel by train!) I asked if I could have porridge for breakfast in the dining car. Imagine my surprise, when the steaming bowl was filled with a shuddering mass of smooth, smooth, smooth cream of wheat. Being five, my response to the travesty was to tearfully blubber out, “Do I have to eat that??”

I will remain forever grateful to my dad for asking the porter to bring some toast for me and heroically eating the offending bowl of {brrrrr} cream of wheat.

porridge bread (BBB) So. When Kelly (A Messy Kitchen) said we would be making porridge bread this month, at first, I cheered. And then I saw that

it. wasn’t. oatmeal. porridge. (continue reading )