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Making Sourdough Bread

Posted in Baking Bread, Food with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2012 by madelincwolf

 

Yesterday I made sourdough bread.  I had my daughter take a few pictures because I wanted to try making a .GIF animation to show the kneading action.  I discovered that my very old copy of PS did not have animation capabilities.  Oh well.  Then I decided to drag and drop the photos instead of selecting and inserting each separately.  I wasn’t sure how gallery works, so I clicked on them individually anyway.  So, they are all stuck together.  There was a slideshow option; that might have been better.

This recipe has a two-step mixing process.  The flour water and salt are mixed first and left to rest 10 minutes.  Then the starter is added plus more flour if necessary. I think it is an odd way to mix it but I haven’t tried to mix it any other way.  Chicken, I guess.   I put the dough in the refrigerator the night before and took it out yesterday.  The rising took about 8 hours since the  dough had to warm up first.  The wonderful thing about sourdough is that you don’t add any other yeast.  I find it amazing that this works.  Rising times are definitely longer giving me plenty of time to do other things.  I love the smell of it baking and have to have some almost right away.  I let it cool about 10 minutes before cutting it because everyone knows that the bread police will get  me if I don’t!  Supposedly it can give you a tummy ache if you eat it hot right out of the oven. Pshaw, I say!

 

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Is it ART?

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by madelincwolf

I believe that cooking is an art form.  When I went veggie shopping at Berkeley Bowl West, I came across a bag of Key Limes from Colima, Mexico for $1.89.  I have a friend, ( Hi Diane!) who lives in Colima so I had to buy them.  Now, I’ve never made a Key Lime Pie before. I used a recipe by Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network site.   I don’t care for Graham cracker crust so substituted  regular.  My crust slumped, so it is now “rustic.”  It took quite awhile to get the juice out of those tiny limes!  Baking is an art, and playing photo shoot was my “Make Art” for today.  Oh, the pie was absolutely delicious! ( I also made a Barley and Mushroom ‘Risotto,’  Pasta with Garlic and Kale, and something I call Mexican Lasagna made with chili, flour tortillas, cheese and sour cream – a big hit.)  Whew!

The First Piece

Key Lime Pie