One of the blessings about our current living situation is that the former owners left my pantry stocked with a lot of whole grains. I have bins of whole wheat flour, rice flour, soy flour, kamut grain, cracked wheat, wheat bran flakes, wheat germ, sesame seeds, lentils, barley, etc.....So I have begun to experiment. Remember that book I told you about, Nourishing Traditions? Well, I have been reading it alot. I mean, ALOT! Besides making the muesli, I have also made kamut porridge for breakfast. Yum! With the leftover kamut porridge, I make fried mush which is one of Bonnie's favorite dishes to eat for breakfast or for an after school snack. A litttle honey to sweeten and it is awesome. To make the kamut porridge, you take a cup of kamut grain and coarsely grind it. Add a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of vinegar, cover it, and let it sit for twenty four hours. The next morning, boil a cup of water, add the soaked kamut grains, cover, and simmer for five minutes. I then add a teaspoon of honey and cinnamon to flavor it. For fried mush, add an egg to the leftover porridge and mix. In a skillet add a tablespoon of butter and melt. Spoon in the porridge mixture and fry it in the butter. Turn it over like a pancake and fry the other side. Serve with a little honey or pure maple syrup.
Not all of my experiments have turned out so well. I am not a good bread maker, but I want to be. I thought I would try to make a healthy whole grain bread with all of the ingredients that are in my pantry. I took the kamut grain and ground into a flour. I then toasted some barley and oats and ground them into a flour as well. Mixing those flours with some whole wheat I tried to make a healthy bread and this is what I got....I'm not to proud to show my utter failures!
Now I will use it for meatloaf, meatballs, salmon patties, or breading for chicken and fish.
I haven't given up on making whole wheat bread though. I will try again, and I will eventually succeed.!
On a final note....I weighed in at our meeting last night. I have lost another 12 pounds since our last weigh in giving me a total weight loss of 28 pounds since starting the Prism program four months ago. Since starting the journey to loose weight and getting in shape two years ago, I have now lost a total of 55 pounds! Yeah!