Monday, January 9, 2017

Gratitude Monday - The Flour Downstairs Edition

Today I am grateful the flour downstairs is still good.
It's been a bit of a glutenfest around here lately. I craved proper toast the other day and rather than go out to a restaurant, get an order of toast and coffee, and be done with it I decided to bake bread.
Rice toast is fine, but at the end of the chew it gets a weird consistency like one is chewing cooked sugar. Essentially, one is.
Further, I'd had a nagging thought to eat a bit of gluten again and that's what really put it over the net. Five years ago I had a nagging thought to stop eating gluten, "for a week" as an experiment. It's been great, and it is not over, but it was time for a wee change.
I dug out the spelt I had in the cupboard, sniffed and sorted through it to make sure it was okay, and then fired up the bread machine.
I am so grateful for toast and coffee that I made myself. It was the best.
Then I decided to try making bagels with the rye and barley flours we had in the cupboard.
Yesterday I decided to try making pretzels. That meant a trip downstairs to the stash in the big tote.
Not only was it in fine form it does not require sifting. The stuff we had upstairs did.
I am grateful for that.
There are several large (ice cream sized) pails of it and that's wonderful because I have an urge to make tortillas and buns, and maybe more bread, and anything else that comes to mind.
It's fun. And I realized as I was rolling out the dough in ropes to make pretzels it is not the eating, it is the procedure that I am enjoying so much.
For that, I am grateful.

The pretzels:

are very tasty. 


Virginia Lee said...


The last thing I cooked in my old apartment were dinner rolls. Very basic, but yes, the process was most satisfactory.

Leah J. Utas said...

VL, part of it may be the very act of creation, but whatever it is, it is very satisfying.

messymimi said...

It's nice to bake things and then have the joy of eating them. Those look delicious!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Messymimi. A good part of it is I am working with my hands, which I love.

Anonymous said...

My favourite part of work is all the baking I do. I have nothing at home to bake with as it wouldn't be eaten. I am grateful I have the opportunity to do one of my favourite things and get paid at the same time.

Leah J. Utas said...

That's the best, isn't it? So glad you get to do that.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I hate baking but love eating baked things... I gotta move closer to your house some day so I can "stop by" strategically!

I still can't figure out if I have a wheat intolerance or what--my list of suspicious foods is way too long for easy detective work. So I tend not to eat much of it, but damn, do I miss toast. Glad you had such a good time wheatifying.

Leah J. Utas said...

Crabby, I love to have you stop by.
I backed off today, but intend to get back at baking soon.