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Redefining "rustic"

Sunday, January 31, 2010

As most my South Beach folks know (and anybody who reads my stuff), I have been on a bread baking kick. This is unusual for me since I am on plan that basically keeps an eye on how many servings of carbs you eat and of course the type. I figured out along my SB adventures that I don't go out of my way to eat pasta or rice. 1/2 cup serving size just does nothing for me so I don't bother. I eat it rarely (ie maybe once every 4 - 6 months). I do eat bread - normally whole wheat pita or Orowheat Thins but I keep it at one serving every day max.

So I dusted off the bread machine which I have had for several years but have lent it out (for a couple years to my girlfriend) and just recently had to insist to my hubby that NO it wasn't being freecycled (since we were moving and HE was trying to whittle down my kitchen...HA!). I made a loaf and enjoyed it but it got my cooking curiousity going. I love a good sourdough and I happened across a food blog about sourdough starters. And away I went! I spent a couple weeks trying to get my sourdough starter to the right "sour". It took me awhile - particularly since Abe decided it smelled too good and he knocked it over and ate it. emoticon

As with most newbie sourdough bakers, I just could not bring myself to toss out my starter that I had to pull out in order to feed it. So I did what any good baker does - I made bread. I made bread sticks (Aliegh loves), pizza dough, several loafs of various types (experimenting with recipes), and made croutons OUT of the bread. Yup that is ALOT of bread. The good thing is my hubby needs carbs so he just changed up what carbs he was eating and started eating the bread. I have been providing bread to both my kids' households and my friends in the old neighborhood. The other good thing is I have figured out several recipes that our sourdough and wheat (or multigrain) based.

I love cooking and I have found like I love baking bread - not bread machine type but the actual kneading, shaping, etc. We figure it is meeting one of my creative needs. I like working with my hands and normally am involved with some kind of artistic endeavor. But for awhile now, I just haven't found anything that has peaked my interest other than my cooking. So this works for me now.

We laugh because the joke in the household is I am giving "rustic" bread a whole new definition. I can't draw a straight line, I don't follow recipes to the "T", and I have NEVER made anything that looks exactly like picture. So I am thrilled when a loaf of bread at least LOOKS like bread...

Pumpkin Sourdough Bread:


Vegetarian Chili (because yes I do cook something besides bread):

And Ms Aliegh who LOVES helping:
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  • RESTORED2004
    Love rustic bread because who wants to cut in a straight line
    1960 days ago
    That looks delicious! (And I've been thinking about maybe making some bread down the road, too, as I am still not really sure what premades bread to buy...they all make me hungry after! LOL.)

    4147 days ago
  • HUGS2015
    UMMMM Breeeeaaad! That looks so good and that veggie chili too.
    Man, that baby is getting to be a big girl. She looks pretty healthy to me. I bet she has you all wrapped up, Grandma!

    That was funny about Abe eating the starter. Go Abe! emoticon If he's like our spaniel he tries to make sure that any food that is eaten by the grand is shared with doggie too. Dogs, Kids and food just all kinda go together!

    I'm envying those lucky recipients of baked goods! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4153 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Ooh! It all looks fabulous. You found a great creative outlet and creative ways to use and share you talents. Wish you lived close by so I could have some LOL!
    4157 days ago
    Okay, send the bread, send the chili, send the grand baby. I don't have any of them. emoticon
    4158 days ago
    4158 days ago
    You need to share your successful starter recipe and the multi grain sourdough loaf recipe - I would love to get "creative" in the kitchen with that!

    What a cute helper mine is small grey and has feathers and spends a great deal of time poking at my ankles with his beak to get my attention when I'm trying ot cook LOL!
    4158 days ago
    Ms Aliegh throws a fit if I am in the kitchen and she isn't in that darn corner "helping" in some way. Of course our definitions of helping changes every day (as she launched a jar off the counter and was shocked at the end result..and my response!). The loaf is massive but skinny when ya cut it - hard to keep bread from "spreading" during the proof process without being in a pan - hence the rustic tag..lol. That's my story and I am sticking to it! emoticon
    4158 days ago
    OMG I have never seen such a massive loaf!!! (well the picture makes it look that way, yummy) but I am staying clear! Baby is so sweet and cute! Good little helpers make life nice:)
    4158 days ago
    I love homemade bread but never made myself. I can make other things too though emoticon
    4158 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6546210
    I went on a sourdough bread baking kick years ago. Everyone at church was sharing starters! I enjoy baking bread, rolls and cinnamon rolls for my family, but only during the holidays. Else I would be in even worse shape! LOL Have fun and enjoy your dough therapy;) emoticon


    Oh, and Ms Aliegh is delicious!
    4158 days ago
    Sourdough pumpkin--did you post the recipe yet? Yum!
    4158 days ago
  • LLTS01
    I love baking too and I made a pot of Vegetarian Chili today too. I was thinking of starting to bake for others just the other day. But once I bake it, I will have to eat it. Your bread looks great.
    Yum. emoticon
    4158 days ago
    This is awesome. I have never made bread but hope to sometime soon. Your little angel is so cute and growing up so fast! Wow!
    4158 days ago
    looks yummy,gonna check it out
    4158 days ago
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