Ahhh one of my favorite things. Cooking with my girls! Ellie, Annie and I have been baking today (see pics below). If anyone out there is interested in where their food comes from (and we ALL should be!), the single most important thing you can do, in my humble opinion, is mill your own grain. It’s not difficult. In fact, it’s a load of fun. A dear friend of ours introduced me to the concept and I’ve been hooked ever since.
First of all, have you thought about what’s in your current bread? I’m not trying to have a holier than thou attitude here…I am a convert from Heiners 35 (those cheesy commercials with the bunny slippers on the scale had me at hello). But let me just shed some light on the subject. If bread has ingredients you can’t pronounce, has more than 5 ingredients, or contains HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (aka, Satan sugar!!), chances are it’s not bread. The food industry does a fine job making it look like bread, but the flour we use when we cook is mostly gluten and barely wheat. It is no wonder people have to be on wheat-free gluten-free diets these days, as we’ve been cooking with straight gluten for 30 years now.
Are you a low-carb junkie who is afraid of all that scary wheat? Well, ya gotta know your good carbs from the bad ones. It’s no secret, man cannot live on bread alone…but don’t be afraid of it! Rob heard on the radio that a guy lost a ton of weight eating several twinkles for each meal. So have some real, nutritious bread with well-rounded meals and just cut back on your serving sizes.
Real bread is heavy and thick. It never ‘melts in your mouth’. I don’t know about you but I’m a fan of chewing my food. Good bread can be dipped in stuff and soaks it up rather than repelling it or falling apart. So don’t settle for 2nd best! Here are my two main tools for real breadmaking…
I promise you…start milling your own grain and you’ll never go back! The health benefits are amazing. Not to mention your kids will love baking with you. Today, Ellie, Annie and I made wheat pitas. I added some homemade garlic and olive oil spread (just like the bread dip at Carabbas), and we played ‘paint the pita’ They are delish!!!