Sunday, July 18, 2010
Feel Good Meal...
I am not going to lie to you, I have been really stressed out lately. I am working through it, but my brain needs a serious vacation. I am not a stress eater either. I am kind of the polar opposite. So, when this happens, I actually turn to baking wholesome foods. I know, just add that to my list of strange things. I decided to make a loaf of bread since the younger boys were out. I am always on the search for making the perfect loaf even though I know this is difficult from a home kitchen, but I am trying.
I don’t know if it is the smartest thing to try something new when you are stressed, but I did it anyway. I am a glutton for punishment. Luckily, the bread turned out better than I thought it would! I ended up mixing some of my bread recipes together since I was running low on yeast, or at least I thought I was. I knew I had bought some a few weeks ago and when I went to make the gigantic caramel cinnamon roll, I could only find one pack. That was irritating...   
Wouldn't you know, after I put everything together I found the other packs of yeast. Yep, that is how things are going lately! Although, on the bright side, look at the crumb on this bread! It has a nice crusty outside and a chewy inside. I sliced a piece this morning for toast and the texture is the same as yesterday! I am so surprised it is not all crumbly. Now I want to play with it. You know I can't leave anything alone!
As you can tell from this shot...this is not gluten free. You can actually see the gluten strands. Since I didn't have much yeast, I decided to use some beer that has been hanging around for a while. Now that the illustrator can't have Guinness anymore, I thought it would give the bread a great flavor and help with the rise. I hate baking what he can't have and I tried to put this together quickly so he would not see the beer, but he could smell it. That man knows his beer (poor thing). Even though he can't drink it, he did not want me to use it in bread. He said to save it for when people (Matt or Wayne) come over. I think it is just a tease to have it here anyway. Besides, it makes a great bread!
We wanted comfort food last night, so I made Split Pea Soup (in the pressure cooker) since we have been craving it from a few weeks ago!  I cooked it on the stove last time, but with everything going on here yesterday, I ran out of time to make it slow. Have I mentioned how much I love my pressure cooker?! This little cup was Jay's (11) who swore he would not like it. He was licking the cup by the end!
In the pressure cooker, it cooked the peas down a lot and the carrots still stayed chunky, but very soft. We agreed that it was the perfect consistency! I know, it's summer and we ate soup, but the illustrator keeps the house pretty chilly and it was extremely overcast here, so it was the perfect comfort meal.

This is for my grandmother - Don't get me wrong, things are not horrible, just a lot going on at once. So don't worry about me. Hopefully for the best though...keep your fingers crossed! I have to add that because Little Granny worries when she reads this! 
Also, I was not punishing the illustrator by making bread...he got a new loaf of Udi's Whole Grain Bread to try and he loved it! The texture on the outside is crusty with a chewy, light inside. He liked that it didn't "need" to be toasted either. That is a huge bonus with gluten free breads!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 12:11 PM  
  • At July 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM, Anonymous Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter said…

    I'm glad the illustrator could have some of his own bread. I've never thought about putting beer into bread, but I guess it works well.

  • At July 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    I can almost smell that bread!!

    I always feel guilty when I make muffins, banana bread, cookies, etc. but I know Andrew doesn't want me to feel deprived just b/c he is. But, I don't like torturing him either. I just try to bake when he's not home or make a GF alternative for him.

    Andrew still drinks guinness and beer. I think he gave it up for maybe 6 months before he met me, but once he met he started drinking it again and has ever since. Go figure. It's just something he's not willing to give up. I hate it b/c I know he's doing damage, but it's hard for me to argue with a grown man about it. Good to hear that the illustrator isn't stubborn about his health like Andrew is!!

    I'll have to look for that GF bread for Andrew. I looked for that Nature's Own bread but can't find it at my kroger. Need to look in my publix next.

    Hang in there, we'll have a stress free dinner Friday night!! :)

  • At July 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    Bread...havent had it in like 7 years maybe? It's always odd to me to think that people eat it cuz I can't! I am not a GF bread buyer b/c I have heard it tastes like cardboard and it's really $ so I just eat other veggies and chocolate :)

  • At July 18, 2010 at 1:37 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    That bread looks good. Sorry you're still stressed. I'm not a stress eater either. Probably a really good think ;-) Hope things turn around for you guys soon. Hugs!

  • At July 18, 2010 at 1:44 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    i'm sorry that you've been stressed out. that bread looks gooooood.

  • At July 18, 2010 at 1:50 PM, Anonymous said…

    the bread looks fresh.

  • At July 18, 2010 at 1:54 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    Sorry to hear about your stressful weekend :( I hope everything settles down for you guys soon :)
    The bread looks fantastic! I always admire anyone who can experiment with bread recipes and produce a great loaf :)

  • At July 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    aww too bad he could not enjoy the bread, hope things get better :)!! I really need to try making bread at home.

  • At July 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    thank god for Udi's, they make amazing breads!! <3

  • At July 18, 2010 at 3:53 PM, Blogger Megan D said…

    i love split pea soup! it's kind of a comfort food for me. especially with some yummy bread!

  • At July 18, 2010 at 9:08 PM, Blogger laura said…

    Granny isn't the only one who worries about you! Sorry to hear you're so stressed! :( Hope things lighten up a bit soon. The bread and soup both look delish!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 5:22 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I'm not a stress eater either. I boil in my stress until I explode my emotions all over my boyfriend. It's what he's there for right?

    Hope you're feeling better soon. If not, there are pills for that :)

  • At July 19, 2010 at 6:49 AM, Blogger Gina; The Candid RD said…

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! So why can't you eat yogurt? Are you also lactose intolerant? I believe yogurt is something that those with lactose intolerance can eat, but not you? Just curious.

    The meal looks great. I'm not the only one who loves soup year round! Mmm, it's so yummy.

  • At July 19, 2010 at 6:51 AM, Anonymous kitchen table said…

    I feel sorry for you for having a very stressful weekend. I know that you are a great person that is why you can get over to that stress.

  • At July 19, 2010 at 8:04 AM, Anonymous Fit Chick in the City said…

    I hope things are going better for you! The bread looks amazing!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm with you on baking when I'm stressed! My boyfriend always jokes that he knows something is bothering me when he finds me pulling cookies out of the oven!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Michelle, I really liked how it worked!

    Em, I can't wait for this Friday!

    Averie, I would say stay away from it since it has been that long. That's why I don't miss cheese!

    Thanks Heather! I appreciate your support!

    Christina, thanks...things will get better!

    Thank you Tanya!

    Thanks Jessica...I think you would really like this loaf.

    Lerecipes, thank you!

    Kelsey...heck yeah!

    Megan, me too!

    Laura, thank you!!!

    Melissa...I need some happy pills about right now!

    Gina, I am lactose intolerant with a milk allergy to milk protein. I just can't do dairy at all.

    Kitchen Table, thanks!

    Fit Chik, thank you!

    Greens and jeans...I am so with you!!!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    I am so sorry you are stressed!! Poor thing!! I LOVE Udi's is the best gluten-free bread I have found!!!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM, Blogger lynn said…

    i really like udi's - they make a great pizza crust and their muffins are pretty good too

  • At July 22, 2010 at 10:50 AM, Blogger Farty Girl said…

    My yoga instructor told us last night that virgo has been doing some crazy shit up in the sky - that's why we've all been feeling so crazy.

    Apparently stress makes for good bread though! Look at that beautiful loaf! You're an artist, lady.

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