Why does it seem like we had a super busy weekend, but really we didn’t do much of anything? Oh well, with my Master Gardener class starting Tuesday maybe a little downtime was a good thing. I had the opportunity to cook supper for the family tonight, and here’s what I made:
The bread: Vollkornbrot (German for “whole kernel bread”), recipe from Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. It was pretty good, but not quite as good as the “master recipe” bread we made last week from the book. I tried soaking all the ingredients for a solid 6 hours before I added the yeast, in order to give it the Nourishing Traditions treatment. Result: it was hard to work the yeast in, I ended up adding more liquid, and as a result the dough was very difficult to work with today.
The bread itself was quite heavy, and some of the wheat kernels were kind-of difficult to chew. Has anyone ever had authentic German Vollkornbrot? Is it supposed to be this heavy? Maybe. I liked it, but wouldn’t want it every day. This might be a dough that gets better after it sits for a couple of days. (Confused? See my “Healthy Bread” synopsis.)
Then there’s the soup: Smoked Haddock Chowder (from a restaurant called The Spotted Pig in NYC). Jason Kottke linked to it from his blog, and was so excited about the recipe becoming available that I couldn’t help it; I had to try it. It took a long time to make — especially to dice all those vegetables, but boy howdy. This is, hands-down, the most delicious thing I’ve ever cooked. The only thing I did different from the recipe was that I couldn’t find smoked haddock and used smoked whitefish instead. Wow. It wasn’t super difficult, but it took a kitchen novice like myself a long time. So worth it. Next time I need to impress someone, I will whip this recipe out. Highly recommended.