Eating and Reading in March

I must admit, there’s a lot of things that I have never considered might be related to accessibility for people with disabilities and even more things that likely actually had nothing to with accessibility but end up being accessible. While several things over the last few months have made me think about possibilities, a conversation about pre-peeled oranges that occurred on twitter and beyond really opened my eyes the most. Many thanks to my friend Kelly who linked to some of this first.

I think it’s because as I write this I am also planning to make bread (yeast bread) and I haven’t had breakfast yet, but this recipe for beery caramelized onions (and beer bread) is speaking to me. The plan was just to make bread and yogurt (trying a new recipe from Hands on Home), but maybe I need caramelized onions too.… Continue reading →

[128] Spent Grain Sandwich Bread

Adapted from the Amish White Bread recipe on AllRecipes.

This is actually a challenge recipe. I know our initial rules specify that recipes from the internet don’t count. However, this is both a recipe from the internet and one a friend had carefully selected to give to me for Christmas one year (back in 2008), in a recipe book. I love the book and I love MBBB and thus I’m delighted to share with you.

Also makes good toast.

Of course, as it was a selection from MBBB, when I finally went to make this recipe (more than four years after this blog started), that I included spent grain flour was only fitting.

Regular flour under spent grain flour.

And man. As soon as I made it, I regretted not making it sooner.… Continue reading →

Some Food Science Related to Brewers’ Spent Grain

As I’ve immersed myself in beer culture, I’ve come to be incredibly aware of brewery waste. In particular, a brewery-in-planning specifically mentioned spent grain and its uses to me; until then I hadn’t really put much thought into it. That mention led Bill and I to make a few loaves of spent-grain bread, after which I became curious about the nutritional content of spent grain.

So I did what is practically second nature these days: I asked Google to help me figure it out. From various, long-unrecalled sources, I did discover spent grain has a lot of fiber (which I expected) and is high in protein (which surprised me).

Dried Spent Grain

I was most curious about micronutrients, though, which is how I ended up asking Google, PhD1 for further help.… Continue reading →

Things we made this weekend & I forgot to take pictures of.

I make myself really busy sometimes. So much so that I forget how nice it is to just be at home. Which means that, when I finally am home, I end up doing one or both of two things. Most likely, I stop and do a lot of quiet hanging out with Bill and a lot of reading. Or I cook a lot.

This weekend was a long one for Bill, and a quiet one. We ran just a few errands, had a very nice meal out, learned about a bocce ball league, had a guest over, and I read a lot. And then I cooked everything. We also played a bunch of games.

It wasn’t really intentional to cook everything. It happened because it was a really nice weekend and because we had a lot of time and because we ran errands.… Continue reading →

No One Got Sick at Our Thanksgiving! Win!

Thanksgiving at our house turned out far, far better than it had any right to be. We’re a very lucky couple.

As we have the last two years, we decided to throw open our Thanksgiving to anyone who didn’t have any place else to go (or didn’t want to go the where they did have, I suppose). The net effect of this is that we never quite know how many people we’re going to have until Black Friday. This year, we were settled for a good long time on two guests, so I ordered a turkey that was a little big for four people, just in case one or two more people decided to join us at the last minute.

Goodness, our thanksgiving turkey was a gorgeous bird.

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