Sourdough Raisin Bread French Toast

October 14, 2010 § 2 Comments

This week, the supermarket bakery had a fabulous Apple Cider Raisin Bread sourdough loaf that I simply HAD TO HAVE.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to make french toast.  And also to reverse engineer that bad boy and make some of my own.  The reverse engineering will have to wait for another day, because here’s a lot on my proverbial plate this week, and I have yet to successfully maintain a starter for longer than a week. *shame*

I am following along with the “pay what you can” Sourdough eCourse at GNOWFGLINS though, so I am hoping practice will eventually make perfect.  Or at least, sufficient.  I highly recommend the ecourse, by the way.  That and the Fundamentals class.  I took that in conjunction with Nourished Kitchen‘s “How to Cook Real Food” and they are a wealth of info!  If you are new to cooking, or real food, or just want to brush up on what you already know and add new techniques to your repertoire, these online cooking classes are wonderful!  Plus, GNOWFGLINS “pay what you can” plan is wonderfully flexible.

But I digress.  The Apple Cider loaf was crusty on the outside and a little denser than a sandwich bread on the inside. This was great for the custard soak though, so the slices really held up.  It was made with golden raisins, (which I am beginning to prefer to regular “purple” raisins of late) and had chunks of apples and cinnamon throughout.  I should add that the loaf smelled like apple cider.  Good stuff!

I made the whole loaf, which gave me enough for leftovers the next morning, and they re-heated really well, and were even better the next day!

Sourdough French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf sourdough raisin bread
  • 2 T butter, ghee, or coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 T maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

In a casserole dish, or bowl that is big enough to put the bread slices in, beat together all of the ingredients except the bread and fat.  Putting in slices as you are going to cook them, allow each slice to soak for about 30 seconds in the mixture. Melt fat in pan or griddle set on med heat. Cook slices until medium brown, flipping once to cook both sides.

Serve warm with maple syrup.

 

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Sugar Blues…

September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago, my doctor told me I have to cut out refined processed grains, gluten, and ALL sugar.  Now, granted, I have been on a journey toward purging refined and processed foods from my life, period, but I have had the TOUGHEST time giving up pastries, cookies, muffins, ice cream… ugh.  I CRAVE them, you see. Like crack.

But I’m exhausted all the time (falling asleep at the wheel=NOT GOOD) and constantly sore and achy in all my joints, and my blood tests confirm what my body has been trying to tell me.  I’m a wreck!

Despite the best of intentions in moving my diet into a more Weston A Price style of eating, I have continued to let in the little things that have been undermining my health; namely sweets and industrial foods, and a lot more eating out than is good for my waist or my wallet.  So now I’ve got to get radical, and cut it ALL out.  I have to start cooking and eating the way I know how, but have been neglecting.

Sugar, especially the overly processed chemical stuff that is in everything, is so insidious and pervasive.  It’s like in Song of Solomon 2:15, “…the little foxes that are ruining the vineyard…”   Every little bit chips away at your health from the inside out, causing your body to stop absorbing the minerals it needs, disrupting hormonal balances, throwing off insulin levels and leading to all kinds of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, to death!   Speaking of tooth decay, did you realize it’s not the sugar ON your teeth that leads to cavities, but the sugar in your system that leads to cavities?

Anyway, I’ve switched to stevia for a lot of things, and am trying to cut out all the stuff I’ve known better about all along, but just couldn’t seem to put down.  The doc wants me to go on the Body Ecology Diet, but that’s something I really have to ease into. The author advises 80% veggies and 20% proteins or grains, and I just don’t now how to eat that many vegetables!

For now, my best bet is to just cut the sugar, refined flour and other little things I have been letting slide.  Baby Steps.  Whole, unrefined, unprocessed, unadulterated foods from earth to plate are the way to go, lots of grass-fed animal fats and proteins, and loads of cultured and fermented foods and beverages are the basis for a healthy diet, and I thankfully already have those n place.

Now to purge the poisons!

So much to do…

September 15, 2010 § 5 Comments

Well, it’ not even 10 AM and I’ve already gotten much accomplished… or at least underway. I finally decided to bust out of avoidance mode and tackle my kitchen. One load if dishes is in the wash, and another shall soon follow. Big on the priority list is to sort and chuck, and sweep and mop that floor!

We have a lot to do and a ton going on right now. Matt and I have decided to sell the house and downsize to MUCH smaller accommodations (i.e. the apartment basement of some friends of ours,) which will require paring down to the bare minimum. We’ll be having a MEGA yard sale on Oct 16th, details to follow and adverts will be posted on FaceBook prior to the event. Anyone looking for coffeehouse items, please check it out! There may even be a refrigerated pastry case on display…

Stuff I must do

The Sweet Life

August 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

Last Monday, my Doctor told me to go gluten free for a month and to cut out all sugar. It’s something I’ve been struggling with for a while now, but we are trying to get my hormones (especially my thyroid) in order, plus Ella has some kind of sensitivity, and we need to isolate it.

So I’ve been a week without bread, and trying out gluten-free recipes, which led to an interesting experiment with oatmeal crepes. It wasn’t an utter failure, but I would not categorize it as a roaring success either.

In just a few days, Ella’s diaper rash has cleared up, and I’m noticing a lot more energy. In fact, I’ve been out walking several times this week, and just have more pep in general! Who knew?

I’ve been wrestling with this refined sugar/flour addiction for quite some time now. And even though I allowed myself a small milkshake on Friday night, I haven’t been CRAVING it and going crazy like I thought I would. When the month is out, I can begin adding back some low-sugar fruits, like berries, etc, and eventually I’ll be able to have my beloved raw honey, maple syrup and sucanat in small doses, but I do not intend to allow white sugar back into my life. That stuff is p’ison!

I’m surprised at how (relatively) easily I have avoided the wheat stuff as well. Granted, it means a lot of strangely textured bread-like substances, but the flavors haven’t been bad, and all in all, it’s ok. Once I’m able to add wheat back into the mix, I will stick to the soaked whole grains, and avoid the refined white flour.

It’s all stuff I have known for a long time, but it’s been so difficult to break the convenience habit, spurred on by my insane addictive cravings. This will allow me the clean break I needed to fully switch over to the whole foods, nourishing cooking that I have been trying to do for a couple of years now.

My next thing is to cut out my processed milk products and stick strictly to the raw, but I LOVE ice cream, especially as is made locally at Zwahlen’s in Trooper. I need to get over it and just start making my own.

This is the life

December 30, 2009 § 4 Comments

I am happily planning out this year’s activities. Not New Year’s resolutions per se, because I don’t believe in deliberately setting myself up for failure, but more of a continuation and addition to the transitions we’ve been making over the past 3 or 4 years.

I intend to keep paring away the processed, pre-packaged, or eating out we’ve been doing. I have already gained back the net loss of 10 pounds from the pregnancy (and then some, I think) because I developed an abhorrent sugar addiction in my last trimester. I CRAVE sugar and chocolate every single day. In order to fool myself and satisfy this craving, I created an incredible nut butter that is toothsome, mildly sweet and chocolatey. Mmmmmm. Spread that on some sprouted grain raisin cinnamon bread, and you have got the ultimate in healthy snacking.

Hopefully I can get some control over my eating habits and shed some pounds.

Assisting in this effort will be our backyard Micro-farm. I already have some heirloom seeds on order, and will be ordering more soon. I just have to plan out my zones in my backyard. We’ve got close to 2000 sq ft back there, but I don’t know how usable it all is. I think I want to re-fence it, since there is a huge chunk outside the fence. But one step at a time.

In order to prep our soil, we are getting a few chickens from a local farmer I know; we used to get our milk for the coffeehouse from them. Also, I am trying to compost (it hasn’t become habit to separate out compostables yet.) I need to build a compost area to throw all our stuff. We have to go dumpster diving for discarded palettes and other free building materials. I think a trip behind Home Depot may be in order… 😉 ETA: Our borough doesn’t allow chickens!  BAH!

I also want to get another dog, since Mom and Dad assimilated Mocha back into the hive. :/ I miss her, but she is too big and high strung to have around the baby. I need a low-key, fairly sedate dog; one that won’t harass/kill the chickens. 🙂 Maybe a golden retriever…

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Mmm Steak.

August 20, 2009 § 6 Comments

I made myself a sirloin steak for lunch. I also fried up some potstickers and tater tots for a complete meal.

I’ve had a pseudo productive morning. I tried to mow the lawn, but finally had to give it up. We have one of those old fashioned push mowers which runs on people power, as opposed to gas– and the grass in our yard is that tough nasty stuff that grows in clumps rather than a nicely rolling lawn. I finally gave it over as a bad job, and now my arms are killing me.

But at least I have steak.

I really need to have this baby asap. I talked to my mother-in-law this morning and had failed to register that the 24th– the day they are coming up– is THIS MONDAY. For some reason, the 24th was this distant amorphous date to me. They will only be here for a week, and if the baby doesn’t come in that time, they won’t get to see her. I don’t know why they only planned for a week up here, really. They are both retired– it’s not like they have jobs to rush back to. Maybe they can extend their stay once they get up here.

My mom said to call the OB and schedule an induction for next week. She said the fear of the induction may push me into labor. 😛 That’s what happened fro her, anyway with my youngest sister. She was so afraid of the pain, that she went into labor mere hours before the scheduled induction. But really, I don’t want to be induced– especially just to accommodate someone else’s travel plans, you know? Birth is one of those things that, the more you mess with it, the more you invite trouble.

FOOD

August 12, 2009 § 11 Comments

I had more of the heart pounding today. It was after I ate lunch, and last night’s episode was soon after dinner, so I wonder if the two are related. Maybe I am having a reaction to something I am eating.

In general, I do not have much of a sweet tooth. In fact, I usually lean towards salty/savory foods. But during this pregnancy, I want sweet all the time. Especially pastries. Well, at least in this last trimester. The first two I was barfing too much to really crave much of anything, and any bready products were right out. But now I want flaky fruit filled pastries all the time. Danishes, Napoleons, pie, crepes, turnovers… you name it, I want it now.

I have some peaches we picked up at the farm the other day. I may have to bust out some cobbler. Or perhaps a bread pudding with peaches… hmmm…

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