I baked Nicole’s quinoa bread today. Well, I suppose I should say that my bread maker baked Nicole’s quinoa bread today…but that’s besides the point. I mean, my bread maker didn’t measure that flour, quinoa, oats, and oil, right? Right. Sort of.
I digress. It just cooled off a bit, and since I am weird and actually prefer bread once it’s cooled down a bit rather than fresh out of the oven, I’ve already had a slice and a half of “open faced peanut butter and jelly.” Before you ask, why yes – yes I did have a magnificent dinner, too.
(FWIW: The only changes I made to the recipe: olive oil in place of the butter, a mix of white whole wheat and spelt flour to make up for my lack of 3+ c. of spelt flour, and a combo of millet and quinoa to make up for my lack of 1/3 c. of quinoa. It fell, like my last loaf – but looking at Nicole’s pics, I think hers did, too – which I believe is the result of too much liquid to dry ingreds? Either way, I don’t really care when it tastes this good. Looks aren’t everything, young duckling.)
It has a crunchy crust yet the insides are moist, dense, and chewy. The millet gives it a magnificent crunch, and the nutty spelt flour lends itself perfectly to the millet and quinoa mixture. Paired with some ginger-peach jam and sunflower seed butter, you have yourself something that might as well be considered a drug because it makes you feel that good.
Props to Ms. Nicole, the mastermind herself! You should make it.
It’s because I was a bad blogger today, though primarily because I was a “bad eater.” See…things started out wonderfully with this delicious breakfast – waffles topped with sauteed cinnamon & fig apples with peanut butter sauce…
but essentially, I grazed through lunch. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t feel bad about it or whatever, it just sort of happened. Just goes to prove that even if I’m “not hungry,” I need to eat because I’ll be regretting it come night time! And to prove that I don’t always eat well 😉
Teddie was supposed to get a pedicure today (a.k.a. the farrier was supposed to come do his feet) so I was out at the barn early to wait for my dear farrier friend. He was supposed to be there at 9:30-10, and for the first time ever, I was running late. Granted, I still got there at 9:15, but I was freaking. out. that I was going to be late.
9:30…bring him in, clean him up, wait.
9:45…eh, I guess I’ll do some lunge work while we wait, he’ll probably be fidgity and maybe he’d be better off expending some energy anyways.
10:00…eh, maybe we’ll do some ground work.
10:15…ugh. I guess I’ll tack him up. Murphy’s Law: the second I get on him, he’ll show up.
10:30…well, I guess we disproved Murphy’s Law!
11:00…that went well. Now where the hail is my farrier?
Needless to say, Teddie didn’t get his pedicure. Luckily, I am not to afraid to give my farrier flak (relax, relax, we’ve known each other a while and are constantly picking on each other when we see each other) and Ted should be getting his tootsies done on Thursday 😉
Random side note: my mom has the week off from work, and while I was eating breakfast she was going through a trunk of stuff…I bet you didn’t know I was obsessed with Billie Joe from Green Day all through high school! I even painted him.
Anyways. After getting home is when my random afternoon happened. I have a photo assignment to “emulate a photographer.” I am “emulating” Bill Owens. Bill Owens is most known for his work Suburbia – the documentation of life in the 1970’s. It depicts houses, social interactions, jobs, activities, etc. etc. And of course, it being the 70’s in a new housing Suburbia in California, you see neat and tidy houses, perfectly kept lawns, delicious dinners, and everything perfect.
So, naturally, I am doing a bit of a different take on it. I mean, it’s 2010…and while you’d think we’d be the same in the tidiness department…portions of this town are downright rundown. So, I, in the similar style of Bill Owens, am photographing those places. Likewise, people now seem to be a lot more open to the idea of good (or bad) food, with minimal effort and technology.
Enter: Chinese food and laptop computers.
Ironically, Chinese is the one cuisine I cannot get accustomed to. I just thought the takeout containers were so perfect for what I was trying to do! That and…I’d rather not give McDonald’s my money, and would rather give it to the local #1 Takeout. Anyways – the food worked for the shoot, but I sort of lost my appetite afterwards. I didn’t even like the bite that was in my mouth. Sort of a bummer because Chinese food is also a “fast food cuisine” that doesn’t automatically equate to being bad for you…I have just never had a taste for it, even as a child. I think it’s largely due to the fact that we don’t have any really good, authentic Chinese restaurants around here. I had this peanut-chicken dish at a nice one in Boston once and I hated to admit that I liked it considering the fact that I put up a big fuss with my then-bf how I did not like Chinese, let alone go out there to eat.
Obviously, this is not taking a stab at people who eat take-out with their computers (hellloooo, am I not relying on my computer right now?) but I thought it was a good part of my comparison/emulation project. And fun, if you ask my mom – she was pretty happy to see Shrimp Lo Mein waiting for her.
…and puffins with sunflower butter and dried cranberries. An a sweet potato cookie. And most other munchies I bypassed the camera with “eh, I’m gonna have lunch soon anyway.” since I don’t usually picture my snacks on days I’m home anyway.
Sorry for the earth-shattering disappointment.
And to make it even more earth-shattering disappointing, the quinoa bread was all I was able to bake today! I was chained to my Intro to Business book for the afternoon. (a large reason for the sporadic grazing, methinks)
Well, save for the hour my mom convinced me to part with my book and play with the ponies with her. We took them for a nice autumn-day walk down the road and let them graze a while before she left to get a round bale. They eat more than elephants.
I’ve had people politely demanding the sweet potato cookie recipe – and I’ll probably post it soon. I was hoping to test one more thing (to either make them into muffins or make them more cookie-like, can’t decide but I’m leaning towards muffins. Just want to see if it works though!) but I might cave with more convincing.
For one Stuffed Pepper:
- 1 red pepper
- 1/4 c. millet
- 1 c. water
- olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
- 1/4 of a yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (or less if you’re not an insane garlic lover like myself)
- 1 T. tomato paste
- 1 small-medium fresh tomato, diced
- 1 small ear fresh corn
- 1/4 t. cumin
- 1/4 t. dried cilantro
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/8 t. mild chili powder
- hot sauce, to taste
- tempeh – I think I used about half a serving, but just use what you want. Black beans would be killer, too – I just used what I had opened, though.
- mozzarella cheese, grated (cheddar might be more Mexican-esque, but again – I used what I had. )
- small frozen banana (work with me here)
- 1/2 c. yogurt
1. Preheat your oven to 400*.
2. Heat your oil in a medium sized saucepan. Add in the garlic, and then the onions. Sautee until they are tender, almost translucent.
3. Add in the millet, and stir. Sautee for a few minutes before adding in the corn, tomato, tomato paste, water, seasonings and hot sauce, and tempeh. Cover.
4. Cut off the top of your pepper and scoop out the seeds and insides. Place on a baking sheet and bake until almost tender. Let the millet mixture simmer for about 25 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.
5. Once the millet is ready and pepper is too, fill the pepper (carefully! it will be hot!!) with the millet mixture and bake for another 10 minutes. Take out, top with cheese.
6. Wait to cool and then dig in. Does anybody remember growing up, and their parents would say “Do as I say, not as I do.” ? Well, do as I say, and not as I do. Wait for it to cool, even if I had to test the waters and see how hot it really was.
7. Cover in more (too much!!) hot sauce and light your mouth on fire.
8. Put banana in blender with yogurt and make soft serve to put the fire out.
I love how noticeable it is in my dinners that the weather is changing. I love fresh, light flavors in the summer – basil, garlic, and evoo, salads, cold grain dished -…but am going back to spicy now, apparently!! And stuffing and baking things. I love stuffed vegetables. That’s a heads-up, because I have an eggplant and another squash I plan on stuffing 😉
What’s your favorite vegetable to stuff?
Any food you just have never been able to grow a taste for?
P.S. Thank youuuu to everyone who’s voted for me!!