What’s in my kitchen ?

What_is_it_in_my_kitchen?0831-2I posted this photo on my dirttodelicious instagram account the other day, and also my personal Facebook account. Interesting to see what people thought it was. No right answers so far. How long should I keep them guessing ?

As is so much in life… timing is everything. ūüôā

fyi for my pixel peeping friends… I actually liked this iphone version of the shot better than my shot with macro lens and studio lights…life can be ironic in so many ways.

 

King Arthur has me lusting

 

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I was never a bread baker until I got tired of not being able to consistently buy healthier wheat challah . The former darkroom queen has been loving the chemistry involved with baking! Oh, yes ….there is gluten!

So I am standing in the checkout line at Sprouts and doing my usual scanning of mags. And there it is King Arthur  has their own beautiful book / mag of recipes with  photos of baked goods  that have got me all hot and buttered.  This is scary . I am lusting over baked goods. Well in a foodie way if you know what I mean. It was a tad embarrassing. Understand I have no problem completely ignoring the bakery  section of the store. You know the area where  you expect to be  bombarded by the enticing aromas wafting from full  fledged gluten heaven. Now too often I find  50 shades of overpriced  gluten free marketing, and 100 ways to leave  your love of staying on the gluten free band wagon. The  attempts to seduce me into ignore my better judgement are silly,  I am strong willed. Actually  I think this store has intentionally, or mistakenly not done well with  olfactory marketing.)   But I digress.

SO I am standing in the check out line and I am thinking to myself :

#1, and the  most dominant thought РI  really really really really want my own home baked challah  with a generous slab of  organic butter that has been humanely produced by grass fed  cows. And I want it RIGHT NOW! I want the sensation of the warm whole wheat crusty outside and yeasty warm inside colliding with crush of the sesame seeds on the top crust and the  ooozing of the butter. And I want it NOW. HMMMM I had promised myself that I was not going to take the time to get myself into this baking project this  shabbat and I was so happy I took a break since before Passover.

#2 thought , well really I think #4 but oh well…. who ever came up with the nutritional wisdom that wheat being produced¬† these days is nasty horrible stuff …. should be given nobel prize¬† or shot¬† ( just joking kind of).

#3 thought… King Arthur marketing…. brilliant.

Scary scary scary … hot home made bread! I remember my dad calling¬† it the staff of life.¬† Now I almost feel like I am smoking cigarettes when I indulge¬† in bread . So,¬† I am in the check out line and it is now my turn. I am holding strong. I am not going to say what I want to say ” I forgot 4 things could you wait while I run and restock my post Passover pantry.”¬† No not doing that.

SO I go home knowing that in the freezer are 4 of the 6 Challah rolls I bought from Levi Catering  last week. They are wonderful  white flour traditonal type of challah. They are what they are. Wonderful when reheated in the oven to taste fresh baked. That will be fine . We will be fine and not able to over consume. Ha ! Self control  should be my middle name. GRRRRR.

#4¬† but did not really have this thought till I got home and went to review my recipe and post it here….

OOOPS,¬† I go to pull out my challah recipes. They should all be together. Those that I printed out from varied sites to use as reference and then there are my personal notes …. oh my scribbled notes from all the challahs¬† I have created and tested and changed and tried again .¬† Understand I am¬† not¬† known for being¬† a baker. One of my favorite challah tasters has eaten her own words when she told me she thought I was a great cook but baking is so different and I can not approach it the same way. How can I say this in a nice not self deprecating way…. I am not much of a follower. Directions ? We don’t need no stinking directions ! Hmmmm , digressing again.¬† AND /BUT¬† after reviewing every whole wheat challah recipe I could find …. I made¬† mine own . It evolved and¬† seemed to make the most sense to me as a former photographic darkroom chemist. Only saying that cause yes I did have to measure liquids , ok ?

Tooting my own horn my husband who is always happy to tell me what I have not done perfectly is always saying this is the best whole wheat challah he has ever had.

So I am ready to finally put the recipe in the computer and share it with the world.

GRRRRR…What¬† happened?¬† 2 words: Passover, clean up .¬† That leads to the¬† #4 thought…. EHHHH I cannot find the recipe notes anywhere!!!

So for now. Until I find my notes. I will not be baking. I will not be sharing the recipe.¬†¬† I will not be going¬† back to the store to buy the ingredients… and most importantly …..¬† I can honestly say I am going to avoid that check out line closest to the bakery where King Arthur is hanging out taunting me, teasing me, and just flat out being trouble.

Sigh. I think I  am going to go eat a sweet potato now. Lathered with grass fed organic butter and  celtic salt and let this gnawing gluten craving pass.

All things happen for a reason… I guess.

 

 

Which makes me feel worse? The wheat or the concern about the wheat?

Seems like all the nutritional and health gurus are agreeing that ALL of us do not belong eating wheat anymore. No new news for me and I certainly try to cut back on the grains and breads etc…. but totally out of the diet for 3 weeks trial is torture. I know cause I have tried many times over many decades. Yes, I feel better… and miserable at the same time. SO, in my childlike way of ignoring my adult’s voice inside of me what do I do? Of course ….I create a recipe for¬† wheat challah that seems to have all my taste testers VERY¬† excited about. Consistent with my curious/diy¬† nature I took several recipes¬† and made one of my own without ever trying them as they were written ! Sign up with your email and¬† comment below¬† if you want me to send you a copy of the recipe … I am testing to see which one of my hand written versions is the one that turned out so great¬† ūüôā Yep, I kind of keep working it . So much for the gluten free wagon. I just fell off again and it rolled back and forth over me !

 

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