Showing posts from July, 2016

Easy-Peasy Soaked Wheat Bread

I've read a lot recently about the value of soaking grains before using. I've been doing it with my oats for a few years now but have only just made the switch to soaking wheat for bread. If what I've read is correct, then wheat and other grains should be soaked, sprouted, or fermented before using if we are to enjoy their full nutritional value.

I love the idea and the taste of sourdough (fermented grain) but I've had little success with my sourdough starter lately. It always seems to turn a nasty looking colour that I suspect signals that it contains bacteria or similar that I'd rather not digest. Plus, it takes time and planning to have a sourdough starter ready when you want it.

Enter soaking.

It requires planning, but only a minimum of 7 hours ahead rather than several days (although you can soak for up to 24 hours).

And it can be done with minimum effort and in a  breadmaking machine. I know bread produced in a breadmaker isn't everyone's idea of per…

The Gate

DH decided to build a gate in our fence so that I could more easily access our home 'orchard'. I was in two minds as to whether we really needed it since we had to destroy our plum tree which was the only tree that really produced enough fruit to warrant our calling the area 'orchard'. Now said 'orchard' consists mainly of infant trees with a few low-yielding fruit trees.

But not only did DH decide we needed a gate, he also decided that he needed help. Lots of it!

All projects need a plan ...

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5, after observing (and helping) all day, decided that we needed another gate and set about to mark it out herself ...

Oh So Pretty

Conversation with The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5, almost 4 years old, today:

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5: Why did you used to be pretty?

Me (amused and curious): What do you mean?

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5: Because you not now.

Me (still amused and curious but also an early childhood teacher where you spend your days asking open questions): Why is that?

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5 (pointing to a photo that was taken 18 years ago): Because you're not wearing pretty clothes.

[Me (silently): Whew! Is that all! She didn't point out the grey hair, wrinkles, or extra padding.]

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5: The blue is pretty [I had on a navy blue top] but not the other [I'd received a compliment that day on the 'other']. I'm not pretty today [looking down at her own clothes]. I don't like these clothes [there was nothing wrong with her clothes and they were certainly not unpretty].

Times like this reveal to me how much I have to learn …