Friday, November 21, 2008
This is a bit of an out of character post for me but I just thought I would share something I have enjoyed lately! I have always liked the idea of cooking and baking everything from scratch because its more cost efficient, better for you, etc. but I am generally paralyzed by my lack of knowledge and experience and my lack of ideas. I tend to tell myself I need a lot of time and practice to do all those things so I end up not doing it. For the last few weeks I have been taking a little cooking class that is about taking the things my family already likes and eats and making them better for us by adding whole grains, fresh produce, etc. I have really enjoyed the class and the process of learning about new things that are not as hard as they sound. I have been adding Quinoa to a lot of things we eat....it is like a grain and when cooked is similar in texture to brown rice with very mild flavor but it is a complete protein and incorporated very easily into so many things that I already make. I have learned about grinding my own wheat, which is something I never ever thought I would have any interest in. Learning about the differences in wheat and how different they are in baking has been so fascinating......it has given me hope that Tim will actually like whole bread b/c there are sooooo many other options than the wheat bread that is in the store. I made my own bread......again something I never thought I would ever do and it was surprisingly easy and everyone has been eating it and likes it! I have found that I enjoy doing these things and its nice to know that I can provide things for my family that don't contain all of the synthetic junk that is in most processed foods w/o spending an arm and a leg! Hopefully I will keep moving forward in my progression of cooking and baking more! I have a few kitchen electrics that will be on my list of things I would like to get down the road that would make this process easier and more enjoyable and maybe I will start trying to make my own fruit lether!
Posted by suubi at 1:28 PM