I made Sprouted Spelt Flour. I've read that sprouting the spelt berries, then dehydrating them, before grinding them into flour is a great way to remove the phytic acid that each of the berries contains.
Phytic acid is the chemical that allows a seed to keep from germinating until the time is right. It is what allows seeds to be eaten by animals, survive the digestive track and make it out the other side, it a lovely pile of manure, the perfect growing medium. The problem with phytic acid is it also keeps the seed, even when ground into flour, to release all it's nutrients to our bodies, to be used. Phytic acid also makes digestion more difficult.
One way to remove the phytic acid is to soak the grain in an acid based liquid, like water and some apple cider vinegar, whey, or yogurt. That isn't always practical, and cuts down on the ability to bake anything on a whim. So the other way to release the phytic acid is to sprout the grain. Once it sprouts, the phytic acid is released, your body views it as a veggie and digests is much easier and more thoroughly. Very cool. I decided to soak some berries, and dehydrate them, so that when I want to just whip something up, it will be ready for grinding. It stores well when it's sprouted/dehydrated, as well.
I tried it today to make up some Strawberry bread! The flavor and texture was great, but was too moist, so didn't cook all the way through. I'm thinking I'll just grill it to finish it off, piece by piece!
Today was actually pretty productive. I started the morning in the studio making some beads and testing a new tool. I'll show the beads later, as they need to be cleaned, but the knobs don't, they come out of the kiln ready to pop on a drawer!
I really like the orange and brown, but something happened to my oxygen while I was making the blue one so there is dark gray streaks in it. I'm still putting it on my daughters dresser of random blue knobs, but I wish the grey wasn't there.
So are you tired of hearing about my eating rabbit? I hope not, because I'm going to tell you again...
Tonight I fried some bacon, removed it from the pan (used it to make a very yummy blt), then browned the rabbit (that I had pieced and coated in egg and herbed flour). Removed the rabbit when browned, then tossed in a whole heap of onions and garlic. Sauteed, then added the rabbit back in, covered everything in rabbit stock, and let simmer all afternoon. Delightful!
I served it with pan fried potatoes and a salad. I love rabbit! I have a couple left for sale, if you are interested, contact me Amy(at)Zooziis(dot)com.
I found this very cool tutorial for turning a tank top into a romantic top of a century gone by. I loved the idea, and thought it would work for a sleeveless linen shirt I have. I gave it a try tonight. I like it. I opted for multiple linen fabrics for the flowers, to tie it all together. I think it will be fun to wear.
I also snuck off to pick more black raspberries! I am so excited with the amount I've been able to pick this year. I'm going to do some sort of preserve so I can make Sage and Raspberry Duck this winter...mmm. Doesn't that sound amazing!? I love eating from my yard <grin>.
Oh, cool thing that I didn't do, but pertains to the blog...Someone contacted me from "The Forum...News from the towns around Pawtuckaway". It's an online news source that also does a print version a few times a year. They wanted permission to publish my blog posts on their site! So cool. They thought I had a voice that others might light to hear. That made me smile. They put up my post from yesterday, today. If you came her from there, welcome neighbor. I hope you enjoy the blog, and maybe we'll run into each other at a Farmer's Market or other local event!