Routine of Sourdough

Feb. 20, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

When you take your starter home from class, refresh it either that day or the next day.  This is how you do it.

Put 10 grams of your starter in a small bowl.  Scrape it off the zip bag with a dinner knife.

Add 30 grams of warm water (no warmer than 100 degrees)

Mix this with a fork until it is MOSTLY dissolved and the water is creamy.

Then add 60 grams of einkorn all-purpose flour.  Stir with a fork until all the flour is absorbed.

This process takes maybe two minutes.

Set the bowl out on your counter for 5 to 12 hours until it has increased in size and bubbles a little.

When this happens, cover with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator in a dark spot until your are ready to make bread.  You can leave it their for up to a month, BUT it's better to take it out every week and make something with it or refresh it.

You're done with your starter.  

The nig...


Einkorn Sourdough Bread

Feb. 19, 2019, noon

Einkorn is the original ancient grain, which dates back to the beginning of time. When compared to the modern, highly modified wheat of today, einkorn's unhybridized genetics and low gluten levels make it more compatible with the human body and easier to digest.
Nutrients are also more abundant in einkorn grain than in modern wheat. Einkorn offers:
higher protein, phosphorus, and vitamin B6
two times more vitamin A
four times more beta-carotene and lutein
5 times more riboflavin
Highly nutritious, unhybridized and low in gluten, einkorn flour is a must-have for your pantry!

Baking with einkorn flour:

Einkorn can be used to make every type of baked good. You will quickly taste how much more sustaining and flavorful your food is when made with einkorn. It makes beautiful pasta too.
Einkorn flour is easy to use and can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio with all-purpose or whole wheat flours. However, einkorn does take som...


Mardi Gras Dinner

Feb. 5, 2019, noon


BEFORE starting the roux, chop and put into a heavy pot like a Dutch oven:
4 cups onion
2 cups bell pepper
2 cups celery
1 tablespoon garlic
This is called the Trinity in Cajun cooking.

Set aside and wait for the roux.


1 cup flour
1 cup fat (I use lard, tallow, or avocado oil, something like that)

Put in a stainless steel skillet (lots of people use cast iron, but I always use stainless steel). Over HIGH heat and using a wire whisk, stir the oil/flour combination until it's really, really brown. We like the roux to look like black coffee.

Immediately scrape the roux into the Dutch oven over the vegetables. This will slow down the cooking. Stir the roux into the vegetables.

Add to the Dutch oven about 8 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer. Simmer for at least an hour. I like to let mine go for longer.


Self Massage

Jan. 22, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Massage helps reduce muscle tension and stiffness in numerous ways, including increasing blood flow to your muscles. Some research shows that regular massage may also boost immunity by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Massage helps you relax and improve your mental energy. It may also make you more productive at work.

Work can be anything that you do or spend most of your day doing. "Most people practice the art of self-massage without thinking about it, whether they are rubbing their forehead because of a headache, scrubbing themselves with a loofah sponge in the shower, or rubbing their feet after a long day," says Anna Walsemann, a yoga and Oriental healing instructor at New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York. "These are all simple and natural self-massage techniques."

Some of the best preventative medicine starts with self-massage. Cancer for example has been reduced as well as completely avoided due to daily or regular breast massage. The incr...