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Granola

Posted by hrgarippa on 10 March, 2009

I love granola. I’ve been in love with granola for a while now. I think I love the way it is toasted and the way it is lightly sweetened and can be mixed up all kinds of ways. I love that granola is good for you when it is made with good sweeteners and when it has good nuts…it is filled with healthy fats. Things our body needs to get moving.

I don’t like how expensive granola can be. Or for that matter anything that is good for you. If  it is pure and not filled with High Fructose Corn Syrup or fake beef  or lots of other ingredients that you can’t pronounce than you’re going to spend half your fortune for just a serving. Oh, how that angers me.

So I’m boycotting all Granola making companies and doing a little DIY….It is almost the easiest thing I’ve ever made.

3 cups Rolled Oats (not instant)
1 cup roughly chopped almonds
1 cup roughly chopped pecans
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Put dry ingredients, oats and nuts, in a mixing bowl. Place wet ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat until just warm, then pour over dry ingredients and mix together. Then place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. You’ll want to stir every 5 minutes. Once you take it out of the oven you can add the fruit.

When granola comes out it will not be hardened, but will harden as it cools.

Here is the great thing about granola…there are no hard and fast rules about the ingredients…you can play around. I just bought the following ingredients to try; pistachios, unsweetened coconut, banana chips, agave nectar. The first time I made this I added some spices and I wasn’t a big fan of how that turned out. So experiment and see what happens.

And then pour a little of your homemade granola into a bowl and top it off with some Yogurt made without any added chemicals or some Kefir and little honey and you’re on your way to a very healthy digestive system.

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Bread Making

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 January, 2009

 I made bread yesterday, something I’ve always enjoyed doing but something I’m not very good at. Cooking is more of an artistic expression, baking on the other hand is more scientific. You must stick to a formula, or at least certain fundamental proportions, in order for goods to turn out. This is where baking and I conflict. I don’t like to stick to formulas….but I’m learning.

 

Making bread is simple and complex, much like life.

 

When you get to know the formulas, the basic fundamental proportions it’s a breeze and all sorts of wonderful things happen.

 

This isn’t to say that formulas shouldn’t be experimented with…thrown completely out the window sometimes. The hard part is knowing when and where and how…that’s when things get complex.

 

Did you know that if you want a light airy loaf of bread like Ciabatta you’ll want to do as little mixing or kneading as possible so that you don’t disturb the air pockets that form as the yeast works its magic. I didn’t know this until today. I love learning new things.

 

 Here is one of my favorite recipes, for one of my favorite kinds of bread….

 

 

Challah

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Ingredients

2 ½ cups warm water ( 110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1 Tablespoon active dry yeast

½ cup honey

4 Tablespoons vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 Tablespoon salt

8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

 

Ingredients

  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over barely warm water. Beat in honey, oil, 2 eggs, and salt. Add the flour one cup at a time, beating after each addition, graduating to kneading with hands as dough thickens. Knead until smooth and elastic and no longer sticky, adding flour as needed. Cover with a damp clean cloth and let rise for 1 1/2 hours or until dough has doubled in bulk.
  2. Punch down the risen dough and turn out onto floured board. Divide in half and knead each half for five minutes or so, adding flour as needed to keep from getting sticky. Divide each half into thirds and roll into long snake about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Pinch the ends of the three snakes together firmly and braid from middle. Either leave as braid or form into a round braided loaf by bringing ends together, curving braid into a circle, pinch ends together. Grease two baking trays and place finished braid or round on each. Cover with towel and let rise about one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Beat the remaining egg and brush a generous amount over each braid.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40 minutes. Bread should have a nice hollow sound when thumped on the bottom. Cool on a rack for at least one hour before slicing.

 

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A Lavish Banquet

Posted by hrgarippa on 18 November, 2008

Tonight 10 sweet, loud, rambunctious middle school girls are coming over and we will sit around the table and we will eat and we will give thanks. I am so thankful for each one of these girls; Amber, Adrienne, Destiny, Jasmine, Kaylene, Triana, Summer, Mikelia, Gabby, and Octavia. Every Tuesday they come into my house and fill it with laughter, wild stories, impossible questions, hard realities and love. They challenge me and help me to see beyond just me.

As I’ve prepared the meal that we will eat…a Thanksgiving feast, I’ve been reminded of Isaiah 25.6; 

The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
         A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
         And refined, aged wine.

How sweet it is to think about what is being prepared for us. And to think that all of this here, all this sweetness, all that we encounter…is just a small taste of what waits for us at the lavish banquet that He is preparing.

I can’t wait for that party.

I mean, wine is mentioned twice in that verse…The Lord knows what’s up!!!!!

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