Not To Be Trusted With Knives

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Giant Fruits and Veggies and Freshly Baked Bread

I was in the mood to cook something exciting for dinner tonight, but I couldn’t seem to find any recipes that got me jazzed up, so instead I decided to channel my creative cooking energy into baking some bread. I baked some last week, but it turned out too dry, so I went in search of a different recipe, which I ended up getting from Rebecca.

Before I embarked on the baking, I went to the produce store so I’d have something to cook to go with the bread1 At said produce store I came across what seemed to me to be the biggest plums I’ve ever seen:

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And then I saw this potato, which is about the size of my head!

Day 43Tomorrow I shall turn this into the biggest French fries you’ve ever seen!

I also came across these two strange looking things:

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which were labeled only as “Assorted Indian vegetables.” Anyone have any idea what they are?

Also, do not fear, the door in the produce store is never far away:

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After my produce store run, it was time to bake some bread!

First up was “foaming” the yeast. This is where you mix together active dry yeast, sugar, and lukewarm water. The yeast will start to eat the sugar, resulting in this bubbly looking fluid:

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Once that was sufficiently foamed, I added the rest of the ingredients and then kneaded the dough2. The dough had to rise for 1.5 hrs, which gave me enough time to putter around and then go for a run. When I got back from my run, I discovered this:

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Apparently when they say that the dough will double in size, that’s your cue to put the dough in a bowl that is double the size! D’oh! 3

Next up was punching down the dough, splitting it into two and putting it into the loaf pan and allowing it to rise again.  Now, I only seem to have one loaf pan4, so I made one traditional loaf:

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And used the rest of the dough to make some buns and some other bread shapes:

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And then baked to perfection:

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Thanks for the recipe, Rebecca!

  1. for the record, I made teriyaki stirfry with a bunch of veggies with Beefless Tips from Gardein. So. Yummy. []
  2. and why I say that “I” kneaded the dough, I mean “I” kneaded the dough by attaching the dough hook to my Kitchen-Aide mixer and let it do the heavy lifting []
  3. In truth, I knew the dough would rise about the top of the bowl. I just didn’t think it would be quite this much above the top of the bowl! []
  4. could have sworn I had two []

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I Heart Fruit

IMGP0845I’ve been on something of a fresh lemon and lime kick lately.  One day, I just saw some in the produce store, ever so cheap1, and thought “why don’t I buy those?”  I mean, I usually have a bottle of lemon juice2 in the fridge, mainly for making hummus and guacamole, but really, fresh is sooo much better than the bottled stuff3.  And who doesn’t like a slice of fresh lemon or lime in their glass of water or diet Pepsi?  And fresh squeezed lemon juice on avocado -yummy!

I’m also very exited about berry season – I love berries, but they are ungodly expensive during the winter.  Today I bought strawberries, blueberries AND raspberries4 at the Cloverdale Farm market, which has become my produce acquisition location since moving to S-town.  Though I just discovered that in the same place as the Save-On near to my office, there is a little produce store reminiscent of Young Brothers in Kits, where I used to get my produce back in the day, though unlike Young Brothers, no one body checks you to get to the asparagus.  The prices at this store are pretty good, but you have to search through the crappy produce to find the good stuff5 and the selection is limited, so I’ll probably only go there when I need just a few basic fruits and veggies, and make the trip out to C-dale to get the bulk of my F & V.

I may have also eaten a square of orange-flavoured dark chocolate this evening, though that probably does not actually count as fruit6

  1. lemons 2 for $1, limes 4 for $1! []
  2. and if I’m on kick where I’m into making pad thai, I’ll have a bottle of lime juice too []
  3. which actually has other ingredients in it, rather than being pure lemon juice []
  4. I took photos of the berries but they all turned out fuzzy for some reason (the photos, not the berries) and I’m too lazy to try again.  You’ll just have to take my word for it that they are vibrant colours and delicious! []
  5. which you’d never see at Y.B. []
  6. it does contain *organic* “orange essence” – that’s the “essence” of an orange, people! []