Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mayonnaise - No Mess Version

In a wide mouth pint mason jar:

2 yolks from pastured chicken eggs
1 T. raw vinegar or lemon juice
1 t. Dijon mustard
1/2 t. salt - unrefined
1/4 t. white pepper - optional
1/2 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 C. Expeller pressed Sesame oil
1 clove garlic sliced into 4 pieces

I actually use the markings on the jar to measure these ingredients into the jar so that there is no mess.

Put the stick blender down into the bottom of the jar and hold firmly while turning on the blender and slowly drawing it up to the top of the liquid. The mayonnaise is formed almost instantly. Push it up and down several times to make sure the garlic clove is blended. This recipe makes such a good flavored mayo with really quality oils that are not in danger of being rancid. I've kept this mayonnaise for weeks without any problems. You can store it in the same jar you made it in, thus the "no mess". All you have to wash is the blade part of the blender!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sprouted Grain Flour Tortillas

I'm excited to taste my new experiment with sprouted wheat/spelt. I sprouted them separately and then ground them together-keeping the flour in the freezer.

Flour tortillas:

2 C. flour-sprouted grain
1 t. salt-unrefined
1/4 C. Lard - Update: or use 5 T. Butter and cut back on the water by a teaspoon.
1/2 C. Water-warm

Toss with fork to make a stiff dough and knead thoroughly. Coat with olive oil, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours. Divide into 8 pieces and roll out using arrowroot.

Heat a griddle to a medium hot setting and cook each tortilla for about 25 seconds on each side. I used a cast iron griddle and just left it hot between each tortilla because it took me more time than that to roll each one out. I did roll several and stacked them raw while the skillet heated up and that worked too. I spread butter on each as I removed it and stacked them, covering them with a towel.

These are delicious and the texture is very soft and pliable, not what I expected from whole grain dough! I believe the sprouting caused several enhancements in the grain. Neutralizing the phytates (an important nutritional process), taking the bitterness out of the flavor, and allowing the soft texture.

Update 2-6-2010 I did use butter for a batch and increased from 4 T to 5 T since butter has water in it and lard doesn't. I also learned that the ball of dough should be like soft playdoh which rolls out much faster and more easily. I used arrowroot to roll them and found that I could stack all 8 tortillas in their raw state before I began to fry them on the dry griddle.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hermits - Extraordinary Cookies

1 C. Sucanat or brown sugar
1/2 C. Butter, unsalted (one stick)
1/3 C. Molasses
1 Egg

2 C.
Sprouted whole wheat flour measure 2 C. if freshly ground or 1 & 3/4 C. if frozen
1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Baking Soda
1 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Ginger
1/4 t. Nutmeg-freshly grated
1/2 t. Salt-unrefined
1/8 t. Cloves-ground

1 C. Currants or Raisins (I like currants best)

Mix softened butter and sugar, then add egg until fluffy.
Add molasses and mix.

Mix dry ingredients together and add to butter-sugar-egg-molasses mixture at a low speed.
Add currants and mix briefly.

Spoon onto two parchment covered baking sheets with two strips on each sheet. Smear the dough into 1 1/2 inch wide strips the length of the pans, but not to the edges.

Bake at 350ยบ for 13-15 minutes.

Cool for 5 minutes and then cut into diagonal strips, finish cooling and pack into a tin between parchment paper and store in a cool room.

Sprouted Flour

I've learned to sprout grains to neutralize the phytates on the surface which are anti-nutrients when we eat whole grains that are not properly soaked. This also increases digestibility.

2 C. white whole wheat berries in
1/2 gallon jar
Warm water

I put this jar above my stove where the light keeps it warm-especially in the winter.
Soak overnight or 12 hours.

Pour out the water using a special mesh lid for the wide-mouth jar or a strainer if you don't have this.

Rinse several times a day until you see the sprout budding from the grain. I consider them perfect just before the tail flips out and becomes hair-like.

After each rinsing, drain well and keep jar on it's side with plenty of ventilation.

Drain when ready and layer on solid or small mesh screens in a dehydrator. If I didn't have a dehydrator, I'd dry the berries on a towel and put on a cookie sheet in the oven at the lowest temperature possible.

Put in dehydrator and leave on for about 8 hours. I always chew one to make sure it's hard and not wet so that my grain mill will have no problem.

Grind grains into flour and freeze for things like:

Cookies-Hermits are my favorite just now.
White sauce
Short bread
Pie crust

Sprouted flour is so useful where there is no liquid in a recipe to soak the grains. 2 C. of grain yields about 3 1/2 C. flour.

Lasagna with Gluten Free Soba Pasta

I learned to make soba (buckwheat and gluten-free) noodles from Kimi at Nourishing Gourmet. Two changes I made were to add 1 1/2 t. salt after I had soaked the mixture for 36 hours along with 1 T. arrowroot powder to help with the flexibility. It was no problem to work these things into the dough. There is no gluten to tense up and resist. I used arrowroot to dust the board and rolling pin.

Update 1-24-2010: I made soba noodles with great success when I ground my own buckwheat but when I bought buckwheat flour, it was very different. It was much darker and had a strong flavor when I cooked a test noodle. I didn't end up using the dough. I'm researching why this would be. I find my own ground flour to be delicious, but not the purchased flour. I don't know why yet.

I got my regular lasagna ingredients together and then rolled out the pasta onto a board, cut it into wide noodles (just like commercial lasagna noodles) and layered them into the casserole dish raw, along with everything else. I did wait to top with fresh mozzarella until it had baked for 45 minutes. If I don't do that, the mozzarella browns too much for me.

Tomato sauce with oregano and basil.
Sauteed hamburger, seasoned with salt (1 t./lb.)
White sauce made with sprouted whole wheat flour.
Collard Greens-cut up and raw
Soba noodles cut wide like lasagna
Peas-just a few sprinkled in.
Mozzarella cheese-fresh sliced
Cheddar cheese-I still like a little cheddar in my lasagna even though it's not authentic.

Layer the above ingredients and bake for 45 min.
Add mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and bake 15 to 20 min. more.

Cool a bit before eating-for best flavor.

Citrus Salad

I came up with this when I needed a salad but had no typical salad ingredients. I had several types of citrus fruit left after the holidays and these needed to be used. I peeled most of the fruit with a sharp knife and sliced the flesh so it was chunky.

Blood Oranges
Navel Oranges
Red Onions

Balsamic Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The balsamic vinegar does color the fruit in a rather odd way, but this is delicious. A big surprise to me. The onion added so much good flavor.