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I love bread, I cannot lie. Our neighbors seem to enjoy it too. For months now I have been successfully trading bread for smiles, car washes, window cleaning, wine, and mmmmm my favorite nopales salad. Here is the loaf that has been really popular lately.

It’s a modification of my favorite Tartine recipe.  The natural leaven makes it taste amazing even several days after it was baked.  Try this bread fresh while still warm – and you are in danger of eating the whole loaf in one sitting.

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RYE BREAD

INGREDIENTS:

  • 200 g leaven
  • 800 g water (75⁰ F/ 25⁰ C)
  • 270 g whole-rye flour
  • 830 g unbleached bread flour
  • 20 g salt

Yields 2 loafs

DIRECTIONS:

Day 1: make leaven – combine 200 g water, 1 tbs of sourdough starter and 200 g unbleached all-purpose flour.  Mix well, loosely cover the top of the container with a plastic wrap, and let ferment overnight.  Discard the rest of the starter.

Day 2: Test the leaven: it’s ready if a tsp of it dropped in the water floats.

Once the leaven passes the floating test, combine all ingredients but salt and mix in a stand mixer with a dough hook.

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic and let rest for 25-30 minutes.

Save leftover leaven – it’s now your starter.

After the first rest, add the salt, and mix it well into the dough.  Let rest for about 3 hours, turning the dough upside down with wet hands twice during the first two hours.

After about 3 hours, when the dough has increased in size, dump it onto a floured surface and separate into two equal parts.

Working with one half at a time: with a bread scraper fold the dough edges in to form a ball.  Let rest, seams down, on a floured surface for about 25-30 minutes, covered by plastic or a floured towel.

Next, working with one half at a time, place it face down on a floured surface.  Carefully fold the edges with your hands slightly pressing them into the remaining dough: starting by carefully stretching the bottom edge and folding it to meet the opposite end; repeating with left, right, and finishing with the top edge. Form a loaf.  Place a loaf in a proofing basket, lightly sprinkled with rice flour, lined with a floured tile, face down, seam up.

Put the baskets in plastic bags and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.

To bake: place an iron pot with the lid in the oven and preheat the oven to 500⁰ F/ 260⁰ C.  Dump the loaf into the preheated pot, seam side down. Cover with the lid, and bake the bread in it for 20 minutes at 475 ⁰ F/ 245 ⁰ C.

After 20 minutes remove the lid and let bake for 25 more minutes.

Let chill on a wire rack or eat while it’s hot.

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I P90X-ed most of the baby weight after Pea was born, but there are still a few stubborn pounds that refuse to go away.  Apparently trying to kick them out while dating your kitchen stove doesn’t work … I wonder, why…  ?  Since we turned vegetarian, the husband shed everything he had left.  It seems he burns a ton of calories even when he sneezes… MEN!

To keep up with the annoyingly handsome spouse, I decided to try running a marathon, but the man said something like: “NO! The kids and I will never see you if you start training”.  What he probably thought was:  “Oh NO! I will be trapped with these two screamers by myself for hours at a time!” 

So, instead we gave a try to the local climbing gym.  Even though we lacked a little bit of experience and a lot of tattoos, it proved to be a whole a lot of awesomeness!  If you learn safety rules, communicate, and trust each other, you are guaranteed to have a blast. Naturally, Dave advertised it to our friends as a cheap alternative to couples therapy.

Therefore, we are on our way to being healthy and breathtakingly gorgeous again.  California style! So, I’m proudly presenting a waste-no-food kind of recipe… California style…  Take whatever vegetables you have, steam them, and mix with pasta and this mild Thai style curry.   Healthy and pretty! 

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THAI CURRY VEGETABLES WITH PASTA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro stems, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbs red Thai curry paste
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 15-oz can light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 4 cups assorted vegetables
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pckg whole grain spaghetti or fettuccine

DIRECTIONS:

Wash and prepare the vegetables for steaming.  Peel, cube, or cut them if needed.

Cook pasta according to the package instructions.

On medium heat warm up the oil and saute cilantro stems and onion, curry paste, curry powder, and turmeric for about 1 min. Add the broth, coconut milk, and sugar, and saute for another 4-5 minutes.

Steam vegetables till done.  Mix them with curry.

Drain pasta after it’s done and add to the curry mixture.  Add salt if needed.

Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

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My baby is turning three this weekend. Sniff-sniff…

A couple presents from our friends arrived while he was napping today. One of them is this adorable Responsibility Chart. It includes cute little magnetic goals (such as “Load Dishwasher”, “Set Table”, “Make Bed”, or “Take Out Trash”) and little magnetic scores ( “You did it!”, “Looking Good!”, etc.) .  Ohm, I was so tempted to re-gift it to my husband, and then I turned the board around, and found even more goals: “Take a bath”, “Stop Whining”, “Say Please and Thank You”… It’s settled – the board is going to the husband, not the child! Sorry, guys!

Anyways, this friend who sent us the gifts should be the one writing a cooking blog. She can make gasoline taste good; and since they had a baby, she took the whole “healthy eating” concept up a level!.. or two… or three… nah, more like twenty levels…
So, today’s recipe is inspired by her. All my kids (including the husband) love it!

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MAKE-AHEAD WHOLE GRAIN OATMEAL

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of whole grain steel cut oatmeal (such as Bob’s Red Mill Organic)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup milk (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Place all ingredients (minus milk) in a crock-pot or an oven-proof cast-iron pot.  I like to add cold milk right before serving (to quickly chill the oatmeal).

Set the crock-pot to cook on low or place the cast-iron pot into the oven, preheated to 175° F/80° C for 8 hours.

If desired, replace sugar with honey, sprinkle with cinnamon, add nuts, and/or your favorite dried or fresh fruit.

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