Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

10 comments:

Andrea said...

"food pansy" this is exactly my husband, I haven't come up with any resolutions yet other than be active at least one hour a day be it running,walking or jumping rope I figure something is better than nothing.

Marie said...

LOL..hysterical at Mr. F's level of "commitment" to the new bread!! I'd like to place my bet on at least half a loaf abandoned...

Mrs Furious said...

Andrea,
that's a pretty good resolution. Less is more.


Marie,
Yeah I think that is a pretty safe bet ;)

Haley said...

Hehe..this reminds me of a story my aunt likes to tell about being sent to school as a child with a sandwich made with ::gasp:: homemade bread! The horror! The shame!! How she coveted the other kids' perfect, smooth wonderbread...

Of course she didn't seem to mind that it was sometimes a scrapple sandwich, so I don't quite grasp where her food boundaries lie...

Mrs Furious said...

Haley,
I just had to google scrapple... mmmm....

P/F said...

I am so into eating local. Pity that Michigan is a frozen wasteland almost 6 months out of the year. The idea of moving to a more temperate climate appeals to me much more than eating root vegetables and canned goods throughout the winter.

When I make whole wheat bread, it definitely has more of a texture of sandpaper, I get around that by not really eating bread anymore. Let me know what works for you :)

Mrs Furious said...

P/F,
We're making a loaf right now... results tomorrow ;)

I got really excited about starting a garden assuming that we could start much earlier here (I mean it is 60 half the time even now)... and was disappointed to learn that the growing season isn't any longer here because the weather is so erratic. The frost dates are nearly the same.

P/F said...

One more comment before I go work out (procrastinator): I really love the dueling desks that you and Mr. F. have. It's such a cute setup, and I loved the back and forth going on in the video - so cute, and eerily similar to conversations with my husband :)

Marie said...

Oh, how I miss my garden and fresh veggies...last year was our first garden, and by August I was so sick of Zucchini, but boy does it sound good now!! I'm in Connecticut, and yesterday it was a whopping 5 with the windchill--yay!

I'm sure you know all this, but have you tried doing a half-whole wheat and half-white combo? I worked my kids into whole wheat by starting with substituting only 1/2 cup of whole wheat and slowly increasing it until now its 3/4 whole wheat and 1/4 white. For some reason my all-whole wheat breads don't rise and generally suck and are as hard as a brick. Also, what about some gluten? It makes it "bouncier"--more like store-bought...I use it occasionally and it does make it less crumbly/more bouncy.

And if you know how to slice the damn bread correctly, I'd love to know...I just have NOT mastered the art of slicing bread...seems so simple but I am SO bad at it...

Mrs Furious said...

Marie,
That is exactly why I want to buy the bakery bread. At home I have to make it 1/2 & 1/2 or it isn't that good. Even King Arthur recommends that. The bread up the street is 100% whole wheat and it's thinly sliced so you don't go wasting the whole loaf in a day either... I think for "homemade" ww bread it's pretty good. The problem is Mr F's wussiness and Kid who won't eat the crust or the 1/2" that was near the crust. The bakery bread is shaped like a traditional loaf and has the top poof out a bit... anyway that means she'll eat like 2 bites from the center! Those 2 drive me crazy!!!

King Arthur flour has a baking catalog (online too) and they have a plastic bread storage container with a slicing knife guide insert. I'm going to get that if we go with the homemade.

Oh I did learn that when making ww bread sub in 2 T OJ for some of your liquid and it mellows out the flavor. I have found that to be true.

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