Fiber Fool

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Weekending Homey Edition

Filed under: In the Kitchen, Miscellaneous — Kristi at 11:15 am on Monday, March 25, 2013

Well, it was a hibernation weekend as predicted, which is totally fine by me these days. Snow did start falling about mid-day on Friday and continued through early afternoon on Saturday or so if memory serves. This time of the season it is pretty difficult to get an accurate snowfall measurement as the ground is warm enough for the snow to start melting from below so I don’t have a clue how much we got. It was relatively significant though which is good.

Baked blueberry banana walnut oatmeal brunch on this snowy Saturday. #supernaturaleveryday

My food/cooking mojo was mostly back too. We enjoyed the baked oatmeal from Super Natural Everyday and it does reheat pretty well at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes. A splash of milk on top is a nice touch. I do want to play around with the recipe a bit to improve the protein content though. I’m contemplating adding an additional egg and/or some greek yogurt to the milk for a faux buttermilk effect.

"Farro" soup - curry, black lentils, sweet potato, onion, and barley. Topped with Greek yogurt with preserved lemon. From Super Natural Every Day.

We also enjoyed the “farro” soup from the same cookbook, though I subbed regular barley (not pearled) because the food co-op only had quick cooking farrow. The flavor was good, though I really need to research the different curry powders we got from my mom and dad as the insert included with them are very meat-centric so I didn’t really a clue which to use for this soup. The lentils I chose did give us some fits. Maybe 5% or so of them didn’t soften at all when the others were a really great texture. I even soaked the lentils and barley for a bit over 8 hours before cooking them. I’m hoping the fridge time of the leftovers will remedy the hard lentils a bit. The yogurt with preserved lemon definitely made the dish. That brightness was a great contrast to the earthy spiciness of the soup.

The first side-by-side taste test of Keemun, Assam, Darjeeling, and Hysson 13-day kombuchas on bottling day at room temp. Will try bottle conditioned and chilled versions later in the week, but Assam is currently in the lead.

The first round of the kombucha taste test took place as well. We tried the kombucha coffee too. I also passed along a scoby all ready to brew for a bit to Kathryn. If you are in the area and interested in brewing kombucha and are in need of a scoby, just let me know. I currently have 3 in my “incubator.” I also worked on doing a thorough write up of brewing kombucha. I’ll be presenting more info on our taste test either this week or next. So far we only tasted straight from the brewing vessel at room temp and are curious to see if bottle conditioning and chilling changes the results at all and that will take a few days yet.

I didn’t get around to any sewing, though I totally thought about it and let stash fabric options roll around in my head. But I did finish both fiction books I had in progress and started on that Anne recommended. We also got through the Warehouse 13 marathon and started watching Twin Peaks which allowed me to knit about 3/4 of a coordinating project to go with the recently completed DIP.

How was your weekend? Did you hunker down and do homey things like I did or did you have a wild and crazy busy weekend?

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Comment by Anne

March 26, 2013 @ 8:27 am

Crazy busy, but that seems to be how I roll right now. Maybe after I’m back from Dallas and the fiber show, I’ll have some quiet(er) time in late April. I did get a couple of samples finished up, and it feels good to get those off my plate for sure!!

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