I’m a bit sad it’s Sunday already, where did the weekend go? I did have a lot of fun in the kitchen thanks to more foul weather, but I am getting tired of the rain and craving outdoor time, perhaps a mild case of SAD? During weather like this, the tempting thing to do is go shopping, see movies, eat out and other forms of indoor money spending – not good when I’m trying to save money. So we spent a lot of time at home catching up on chores, filing bills, laundry, picture hanging – just stupid stuff on the someday list. I also caught an episode of Hoarders which further fueled my drive to clean out my house! I’m not buying anything ever again! :-) For my next round of nut milk, I tried Brazil nuts and it was good, but different from almond milk. A little more heavy, a stronger nut taste and not as sweet. But I equally liked it and will have to keep changing it up.
I did make a shopping trip this weekend that I swore I wasn’t going to after seeing Food, Inc. – I went to WinCo. The horror, I know! But, I did not buy produce and certainly not meat, nothing evil from bad sources. I remembered they had a good bulk foods section for nuts and other basic ingredients, like Whole Foods and Nugget. Since I’m buying so many bulk almonds and Brazil nuts now, I wanted to see if they were cheaper and from a reliable source. Turns out – not really. Almonds were a little cheaper, but Brazil nuts were about the same price as Whole Foods and I’d much rather go to Whole Foods! It’s been over 4 months since I’ve been in a WinCo and it was much worse than I remembered. I hate to say it, but I’ve become a food shopping snob … in a good way I hope! But the atmosphere was depressing compared to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. In fact, I don’t think you’re allowed to shop at Trader Joe’s unless you’re in a good mood – everyone seems to be despite how packed it can be. Anyway, at WinCo, there were lots of families with monster carts loaded with sugary cereals, ramen soup, frozen corn dogs, etc. – horrible crap food and cranky, not-happy looking people buying it … just a depressing scene. I got delayed at checkout because the older couple in front of me were disputing the cost of frozen pizza rolls. But it was an important experience I think and I won’t be going back there … ever.
I also did a version of Gena’s Sweet Potato and Turnip Mash using two golden turnips and five carrots – didn’t have sweet potatoes :-P But it came out very good, warm and filling, sweet and very much like a sweet potato mash. Hubby was looking for a healthier side alternative to mashed potatoes and I was looking for something warm with my salad and it fit the bill. It also produced great leftovers for the next day.
I also tried my first batch of raw bread and, um, it was interesting. I had a bag of what I thought were sweet onions to use up in my pantry and thought it was the perfect opportunity to try this onion bread recipe. Creating this recipe was an ordeal, I had to use the Vita-Mix’s dry container to grind the sunflower and flax seeds, my scale to confirm the onion weight, my food processor the blend the mixture (which filled the 14-cup capacity!) then two trays in the Excalibur dehydrator with non-stick sheets. Oh, and chopping that much onion then putting them into a food processor reminded me of that scene from Julie & Julia where Julia’s husband has to leave the kitchen because she’s on an onion chopping rampage. After 5 hours of drying, turning and slicing the bread sheets was not easy, it required a large cutting board to carefully turn the non-stick sheets onto, then peel from the mixture. But, it was still very moist and messy to cut into slices and delicately place back onto the dehydrator trays for 4 more hours of drying. The finished product did look something like bread.
But the taste? Let’s just say it was a bit oniony with a awful aftertaste! Apparently those onions weren’t as sweet as the recipe called for. And the slices were a little too moist and could have used more drying time. Ugh, it’s going to take me awhile to recover from the onion flavor, I couldn’t even figure out a spread or way to counter it. I will try another bread recipe … just not this one! On the plus side, my eyes are super cleansed after chopping and processing so many onions!