Monday, December 20, 2010

The Accidental Foodie

It was never intentional, it just happened! When we first married dinner consisted of frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, take out, and if Maine Man was really lucky... Shephard's Pie. Fast forward 15 years later and food has become a HUGE part of my life, as it should be! What else do we do 3-6 times a day? .....EAT. What interests me most is cooking from scratch, eating organic, and local food. The BEST meal to me is a dinner that consists all of food we've grown, raised, hunted, and/or foraged for. We are fortunate to have quite a few of those kinds of meals. Don't get me wrong....I do not eat 100% organic, nor all local, I eat processed crap time and again, and I MUST confess I have a slight addiction to diet pepsi. I've quit the "swill" (as MM calls it) three times previously, they say fourth time is a charm, right? Change takes time........and will power. I'm getting there ;)

Any how the point I am slowly trying to make is about the bread recipe I posted back in November. It is the ONE I have been searching for for years. If you have always aspired to have a fresh loaf of bread in your bread box, you MUST give this a try! I can't even began to tell you how many loaves I have baked over the last month. It is EASY...just takes a little planning. CHEAP... literally cost pennies. Not sure about your neck the woods but at the farmer's market a loaf of bread like this goes for $5. And above all DELICIOUS....Flower Girl refuses to eat store bought bread...LOL.

In addition to bread I now set aside a batch once a week to make pizzas from. I prepare as I would for bread except I split the dough (blob) in half prior to rising. After rising I refrigerate if I am not going to use immediately. I will admit the dough is a little tricky to work with due to it's consistency, the shape is not always perfect but I assure you it is always super tasty.
Now if you take my advice before long you will be eliminating bread & pizza crust (frozen pizza) off your grocery list. Not sure about you but stuff like that EXCITES me. I love walking past the egg cooler, the meat section, baked goodies, pickles, produce etc when my cupboards, freezers, and pantry are right packed full of the real deal.

Just saying.....give it a try!


Chiot's Run said...

Oh, must make pizza soon, it's kind of our winter food (since you heat the oven to 500).

We're like you, we eat mostly organic, local, hunted, foraged made from scratch goodness. The funny thing is that the longer you do it the less "processed" food appeals to you. I find that I can no longer eat a lot of things as they taste weirdly chemically and slightly off.

Here's to real food!

Happy Holidays

Ali said...

I am sitting here at work waiting for someone and I am so hungry. The photo of that pizza is not helping at all. It looks blooming fabulous, I wish you have a delivery number for me to call :)

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I'm an accidental foodie too. Been intending to try that bread recipe, and will soon.

Little Messy Missy said...

That looks so good!

City Sister said...

We love our homemade bread fact we are quite addicted to it.

Al @ Dandelion Acres said...

It is amazing what happens to your diet when you move to the country and actually realize you can raise, hunt or forage your own food. We were the same way, and have made the change also! We will give that bread a try this week!!!

Jim F Loos said...

That pizza does look great. My deer hunting has not been going to good this year. I normally put 5 to 6 in freezer for the year but only have 2 so far with just a week left of hunting. Home made pizza with ground deer meat topping is my favorite.