Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rice mixture

been experimenting with various kinds of rices lately, after years (literally) of only brown rice, organic brown rice, or basmati brown rice. So here's a photo of the newest batch, a mixture of black, red, and brown (darker than before) rice. We're grateful for Japanese groceries locally, a byproduct of the Honda plant in the northwest quadrant of the Greater Columbus area, and the demand for Japanese food products from the management and worker teams brought in from Japan.

there's a bit of a bitter aftertaste; we're trying to isolate what it might be from. Tried a small amount of black rice cooked separately, and that wasn't it. So will try the red rice next-----

Monday, January 21, 2008

Double Rye

Having gotten a shipment from King Arthur, made up a variation of their version of Peasant Rye:

Double Rye Bread

King Arthur Organic Pumpernickel Flour
King Arthur First Clear Flour
Daily Grind Cornmeal
Oat flour
Organic gluten
Mashed potato
Caramel color
Ground flaxseed
Hemp seed
Caraway seed
Chopped dried onion
Chopped burgandy olives
Solar salt
Soy milk
Potato water
Barley malt
instant yeast
Organic canola oil

decided not to use any of the sourdoughs I have; will see how the loaves taste with regular yeast--it's been a long time since I baked any breads without a sourdough starter, so it feels a little odd--but today is the only day I had available, and the rest of the week will be packed, so there really won't be time to do the whole aging process. Expediency seems to be necessary this time around--

the dough after mixing

after the first rise

in the pans, ready for the second rise

and the loaves, after baking--

Monday, January 14, 2008

Butternut Squash!

A six pound butternut squash demanded attention; here was the result: a casserole with tofu, green beans, onions, garlic and almonds, adapted from a recipe found on the web

and a soup, adapted from Deborah Madison's Vegetable Soups cookbook, which is supposed to be garnished with seared radicchio and pumpkin seed oil--tried the soup a couple of months ago--the pumpkin seed oil was a nice finishing touch, the seared racicchio seemed a bit precious--

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Mostly Whole Wheat

The most recent loaf--last of 2007!

(Mostly) Whole Wheat Bread
Org. Whole Wheat Bread Flour
Stuzman Farms Org. Whole Wheat Flour
Daily Grind Cornmeal
Soy Milk
Columbus Pale Ale
Ground Flax Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Org. unbleached flour
Org. Canola Oil
Kosher Salt
Giza Starter
12/29/07 Baked 12/30/07

This batch really had oven spring, as you can tell from the Brobdingnagian growth on the loaf; wasn't rising much, so I put it in the oven and baked. This was the result! Used both soy milk and ale because I ran out of soy milk and didn't want to open a new quart--the Giza starter is from Sourdoughs International, while the honey is from Kentucky, the gift of a visiting Kentucky playwright (thanks, Nancy!)