It seems like there’s so much going on that I don’t know where to start. At least I’m not bored! For starters, I have already rearranged this week’s meal plans. I ended up eating some delicious chicken fajitas at a friend’s house on Monday, and last night I made the chicken couscous salad and hummus. This is what the salad looks like:
Carrot sticks, bell pepper slices, tortillas, and bread were available for dipping. Apple slices were also served so we had something sweet to complement all of the other competing flavors.
This week I’ve also delved more into breadmaking. I made another nasty loaf in my bread machine, which confirmed (again) one of my reasons for wanting to figure out how to REALLY make bread. So here’s what I’m thinking:
1) Store-bought bread isn’t necessarily super-expensive or bad, but I can do better. With the right equipment (a grain mill and a heavy-duty stand mixer), I can make my own bread that is cheaper (in the long run when I look at having a lifetime warranty on the equipment and the price of wheat berries, etc.) and more nutrient-rich. Using freshly milled wheat retains much more of the natural vitamin content because oxidation takes place quickly after milling. (This is, after all, why many wheat products in the store are “enriched” — they need to add back some of the lost nutrition.) Bread used to be a nutritional staple, but processed bread is not the most nutritious route.
2) A friend and I have decided to try this together, so we’re each buying one piece of equipment to lower our start-up cost. I’m buying a Bosch Universal mixer, and she’s buying a Nutrimill grain mill. We also have other friends who already do this, so we’re going to meet up with them for some hands-on training. Once we know how to do this, we’ll get together periodically (once/week or every 2 weeks?) and make a bunch of bread. We see each other a lot anyway, so it shouldn’t be hard to find the time. Or she can just grind the grain at her house, drop it off at my house, and I can mix and bake everything.
3) If we really are headed into another Great Depression, then we will be more prepared on that front! (Of course, that’s not my primary motivation, but it would be nice to know I can sustain us a little bit with bread products.)
Breadmaking aside, I have an endless To Do list that I’m sick of looking at. Here’s what’s on it, in no particular order:
– Install new internet security suite (this is easy, right?)
– Change batteries in smoke detectors (the one in the garage has been beeping at me for weeks, and I can’t figure out how to find/remove the batteries).
– Replace knobs in master bath (again, this should be easy, but I keep twisting the bolt into them at an angle)
– Clean carpets
– Fix curtain rod in dining room that decided to fall down yesterday
– Prepare garden beds for next spring (kill grass, till, plant leguminous cover crop)
– Get lawn mower repaired
I’m going to try and get at least one of these things done by this weekend!
Finally, I have my fun free thing to look forward to on Saturday: the Greystone Power Annual Meeting. I’m really only going for the free breakfast and the chance to get the kids out of the house, but other friends are going to, so that will make it even better. Oh, and maybe I’ll win that 2001 Chevy Silverado they’re raffling off! (No, that’s not a typo — they’re really giving away a seven year-old truck.)