Sun Dog 1-24-19
(Took that at sun set last night).
I love winter.
( I really do).
It gives me a chance to do things I normally don’t have time to do when I’m building houses.
80% finished with a book called Story Craft by John R. Erickson on the topic of writing. Came across an excerpt last week called 8 Traits of Good Writers and said, I have to get that book!
The book is full of wisdom.
From the back of the book:
“This book focuses on the vocation of the writer. But it also works as a guide for anyone trying to find and live out his or her vocations, whatever they may be…”
“John Erickson sets the table with the ingredients for honing one’s literary skills at any age. The elements of good writing are masterfully presented and will be savored by his loyal following….”
So there’s that.
This week my bread reading/ research has taken me deeper into the topic of ancient grains. In the past, whenever I’ve heard words like “ancient grains”, my eyes would glaze over, I would think, yea, just another fad.
Not any more.
Processed, bleached flour that can sit on a shelf for months and months and not get rancid, can do that for a reason…It is sterile/devoid of life, then it is made stable with chemicals, synthetic vitamins and minerals. Where as bread made with real flour, freshly ground from scratch is loaded, loaded with real vitamins and minerals, and fiber, and flavor.
As I sit here this morning, there is a loaf of bread made from 100% freshly ground flour sitting on the kitchen counter made from spelt (3 cups) rye (1 cup), 2 T of rapid rise yeast, 1 1/2 C water, 1 t salt, and 4 T of honey. (I soaked most of the spelt overnight in the water and 2 T of apple cider vinegar. That is another topic for another day, (why soaking fresh grain is important). What I liked about this experimental loaf, is it didn’t turn out dense, even though I didn’t use any white all-purpose baking
And finally, I stumbled across an organic farmer yesterday who is growing several of these ancient grains in South Dakota. Belle Valley Ancient Grains.
Here’s link to his website: http://bellevalleyancientgrains.com/
Check it out. Tell him I sent you 🙂
Well, that’s a wrap. DM