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2015-12-14 11:49 AM
Losing my mind...
Like the title says, I am losing what little of my mind there is left. Fast.
I went to order a new batch of 10-grain bread mixes the other day at that big online store in the sky, where Prime rules... and last night I got the box. I ordered 3 cartons of 4-each, so that's 12 packages of it. Paul goes thru this 10-grain bread mix from Bob's Red Mill quite fast, one every 4 days to be exact, so I wanted to stock up.
Well, as you can see below, the one on the left is the last of the old mixes I just used up today, and the one on the right is one of the new ones that arrived yesterday (of which I now have 12).
Where is my brain lately? I had been looking around for bread mixes for a while that day, and I also had ordered some sourdough mixes for myself, so probably when I saw the 10-grain I just clicked - without looking closer.
This is 10-grain flour, not bread mix!
So, just when I'm trying to cut down on expenditures here, I go and do this! I am not sending them back, either. I will bite the bullet, and follow the directions on how to use this flour to make homemade from scratch 10-grain bread...
I do have a recipe to follow, in the bread machine cookbook. There's one called BASIC HONEY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD that I think I'll try for his next bread, in 4 days' time. All I'll have to add is this flour as well as water, salt, unsalted butter, honey, and yeast. Not too bad, huh?
when I use the mixes, I have to add:
1) water (at 80-90 degrees F)
2) oil (3 TBSP)
3) the mix from the bag
4) the yeast (also included in the bag)
So really, not too many extra items. But I need to get some new yeast because I think the yeast that I keep in the door of the fridge may be too old. Not sure. Better to be safe than sorry. New yeast it is, onto the shopping list!
I've just put a loaf into the oven (using the bread machine to do the kneeding/rising bit and then transferring the bread to a loaf pan)... so the house will soon be smelling yummy again.
The older I get, the more stupid things I do like this. I don't pay attention to every little thing.
I made a batch (it's my 3rd batch) of that glorious TUSCAN CANNELLINI BEAN AND KALE SOUP that I told you about a while back. I keep thinking that each new time I make it, it won't be as good as that first batch was, but I would be wrong there! It's been perfection each time, and last night's soup was no different. Wow, that is the best soup I think I've EVER made or eaten. No meat in it, just the beans and the lovely kale and veggies, etc. If you want the recipe, I'll try to locate it now for you. It's quick and easy to make, as well. I started mine last night at 4 and by 5:15 we were eating it.
Tuscan Cannellini Bean Soup with Kale [serves 6]
OK. Paul's home. I'll have to tell him the whole long story of the bread/flour saga... wish me luck!
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