Monthly Archives: January 2021

Toasting in the New Year (BBBuddies January 2021)

summary: Toasted Oats bread a hit with almost everyone; Two (that’s 2!!) BBBuddies – correction: make that 3; January 2021 Bread Baking Buddies; BBBabes’ Toasted Oats Bread gallery

edit 2 February 2021: Correction!! There are THREE (that’s 3!) January 2021 BBBuddies! :-) :-) :-)

Bread Baking Buddies (BBB): Toasted Oats Bread

Well. The good news is that T agreed that the flavour of the bread is fine, and that if we slice the bread thinly, it will make good toast. And I like the bread – toasted or not….
 
-me, blog from OUR kitchen | Bread Baking Babes Toast the New Year – with Toasted Oats, that is….

BBBuddies January 2021 After the slightly cool reception of this bread from half the human inhabitants of our household (we didn’t let the furry black fiend try it so don’t know what he thinks), I was very pleased to learn from the other BBBabes that the bread was a hit with almost everyone. (continue reading )

ISO unsweetened 100% pomegranate juice

summary: importance of reading ingredients lists; advertising gimmicks; frustration at the grocery store; pomegranate 100% juice blend vs. pomegranate juice drink;

Pomegranate juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices
– Mandy Ferreira, Medical News Today | Fifteen health benefits of pomegranate juice, 21 January 2019

Since the middle of last March (I believe it all started on 13 March), when we’re not out on our bikes, or standing in lines, trying not to have apoplectic fits about our line neighbours who clearly missed the day in school when the length of 2 meters was explained, we have been reading, reading, reading. We’ve read a number of books on Persian cuisine. One of our favourites was “Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus” by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford. We’re still in the middle of reading Samin Nosrat’s excellent book “Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat”.

What made men endure scorching heat, numbing cold, and howling winds, losing their minds — and lives — in a bid to reach Samarkand, hidden behind a barricade of mountain, grasslands, and sand? The answer is trade, because from the sixth to the thirteenth centuries, Samarkand […] became Asia’s great store window, one of the world’s finest marketplaces, where everything from rare spices to yak-tail fly whisks were bartered and sold. […] This is a city that has been at the crossroads of food culture for centuries.
 
Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford, Samarkand, p.8
Persian cuisine is, above all, about balance — of tastes and flavors, textures and temperatures. In every meal, even on every plate, you’ll find both sweet and sour, soft and crunchy, cooked and raw, hot and cold. In the winter, we ate khoresh-e fesenjoon, a hearty, sweet-and-sour pomegranate and walnut stew to warm us from within. In the summer, we’d peel eggplant for khoresh-e bademjoon, a bright tomato and eggplant stew made distinctly tart with lemon juice and ghooreh, or unripe grapes.
 
– Samin Nosrat, NYTimes | Samin Nosrat’s 10 Essential Persian Recipes, 14 May 2019

Not surprisingly, pomegranates, pomegranate molasses, and pomegranate juice are featured in many Persian recipes. So when we were masked up following the one-way arrows at the newly rearranged Supermarket, trying to find things on our list, and saw Pomegranate Juice with 100% on the label, we grabbed a box.

Pomegranate Juice 100% (continue reading )

Bread Baking Babes Toast the New Year – with Toasted Oats, that is….

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BBB: Let's Keep Baking summary: it’s wild again; revisiting Toasted Oats Bread inspired by Casper André Ludd, Martin Ivar Hveem Fjeld, and Chad Robertson; and we’re back into lockdown; panic and crankiness; making the best of things; a Bread Baking Babes (BBB) project;

Your tip on toasting the oats… OMG… won’t skip that step again… […] hard to stop eating the resulting bread
 
– Gordon C, FB message, 22 November 2020, 12:49

Toasted Oats Bread (BBB)

Bread Baking Babes: Toasted Oats Bread, January 2021

oatmeal dressing Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, to go into our roast bird, I make the quintessential dressing, using the recipe that Mum always used: Nana’s dressing recipe (actually, it’s my great grandmother’s recipe – or possibly my great great grandmother’s). Nana’s dressing recipe is of Scottish origin. Unsurprisingly, it contains oatmeal. It is NOT, however, even remotely porridgy.

In exactly the same way, Toasted Oats Bread is not even remotely porridgy. I first made toasted oats bread last November. My friend Gordon C used a recipe from Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book to make what he considered to be his “best ever bread“.

It is indeed wonderful bread! Bread made with toasted oats is beautifully lean (but not at all dry) and slightly nutty tasting; it is the perfect antidote to all the recent holiday richness.

But this time round, for the BBBabes, I thought it would be wise to actually pay attention to when to add the toasted oats to the bread dough…. :-)

Toasted Oats Recipe in Artisan Sourdough (continue reading )