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bread

Last time I talked about nutritional yeast; today will be about bread.

Mmmmmmmm…bread. I like bread. I love bread. All kinds, like plain ol’ white bread, wheat bread, hot dog bread, hamburger bread, artisan bread, baguettes, ciabatta, sourdough, flatbread, cornbread. And all the other varieties you like, I probably like too.

But I can’t eat these delicious breads because of the wheat factor. Darnit. Oh, but you can eat cornbread, can’t you? It’s made from corn, not wheat.

Not totally true. Even cornbread has more wheat flour than cornmeal in it. It’s actually a combo of wheat and corn. There’s the rub!

So I look at bread from afar and try to remember the texture and taste of just-toasted bread. The crunchy crust, the melting of butter on warm toast, the smell of baked goodness, the chewy middle.

The latest season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table has an episode for a local chef known for founding La Brea Bakery. The bread there is very good, even though it’s all industrialized now. But the episode is a lovely story about food and a person’s love for making something extraordinary out of something ordinary.

If I had the work ethic of a chef, I might have been a chef, but the reality is that I like to eat food more than making food. And when it comes to bread, I have to look at it and not eat it. Sad, but not sad.

The great thing about today is the variety of wheat alternatives available. If this was 10 years ago and I knew I couldn’t handle wheat, then it would have been sad. But then, maybe I would have become a chef, having to make my own wheat alternatives? I might have been a lot healthier back then, too. Now we’ll never know, and it really doesn’t matter.

nutty for the nooch

I’m trying new things these days. The local grocery store had a big sale on Bragg products. I use apple cider vinegar regularly and the sale was better than the online prices so I stocked up. Then one day I was reading the weekly grocery store mailer (the digital one; I ironically tossed the paper and then found and read the digital version) and saw that all the Bragg products were on sale and it had a little photo of all their products, which included their liquid aminos and the nutritional yeast.

Since finding out about how soy sauce has gluten, I’ve been sad to not be able to eat many foods that have soy sauce in it. I’ve got tamari soy sauce, but I’ve been curious about the liquid aminos.

In the past I’ve associated liquid aminos with the old-school hippie Whole Foods patrons, not the yuppie WF patrons. And they were crazy vegetarians or vegans, and I never considered even trying it. Does “liquid aminos” sound remotely appetizing? Let alone “nutritional yeast?” Obviously these non-food labeled foods were marketed to people who didn’t care about eating delicious food or delicious-sounding food.

But coming off my bone broth cleanse and seeing the big sale I decided to try both those things. What is wrong with me? Gluten is what’s wrong with me. And I was curious.

The liquid aminos actually aren’t that bad at all, so while I like the product, I still hate the name.

But the nutritional yeast, that’s a different story.

I love it.

But the name is still lame.

It’s really good on popcorn. And in soup. I put it in my homemade rice noodle ramen that’s my mash up of random veggies in broth. It does have a nutty, cheesy smell and flavor, but not the consistency of cheese, unfortunately.

But the best thing is to eat the “nooch” with cheese, so I get the cheese but also the nuttiness of the nooch that also has tons of B-vitamins. It really does add a lot of nutrition with almost no sodium, yet it tastes salty. So it’s good to not be vegan and nosh on the nooch.

two ingredient bone broth recipe (super-duper fancy)

There are many recipes for bone broth out there, but it’s really not hard. A child could make bone broth. Just don’t buy bone broth thinking it’s the same as homemade, because it’s not the same. Don’t drink the packaged broth in the paper cartons; it’s not going to be good for you to drink that if it’s not used for a soup or flavoring a dish.

So here’s my super-duper fancy recipe for bone broth:

Ingredients: 

Bones. Your butcher can get a nice fresh beef bone and cut it up for the crockpot. Get marrow and knuckles. Or chicken or fish bones, whatever floats your boat.

Water. Tap (if you like the taste of tap, but does anyone like tap water?), filtered, or bottled. I use bottled water.

Instructions:

Put bones in crockpot, enough to cover maybe a third or half the pot. It’s totally up to you.

Pour water into crockpot.

Cook on low setting for as long as possible. 8, 10, 12, up to 24 hours. You can tell it’s getting good when all the marrow comes out of the bones and it looks like all the collagen’s been sucked out of them. There will be a nice layer of fat swirling on the top.

Take out bones and skim the broth, taking out solids like the stray meat pieces. If you don’t want all that fat, you can wait or cool the broth so the fat solidifies and take it off in pieces. Save the fat to fry stuff (mmm) later.

Drink broth at will, but it should be warm. Cold broth is nasty. Add salt if needed, like sea salt or himalayan pink salt, something with minerals in it. The broth is bland but it’s better to add salt after serving than during the boiling and make it too salty. Then it’ll be like the packaged broth you didn’t buy, and then what would be the point in making this?

Store in fridge or freezer. I use mason jars.

apple cider vinegar

I’ve started taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) after reading about its myriad benefits. I’ve sipped diluted ACV for digestion and it helped a ton, which surprised me. I also used a dilution to soak my hair after shampooing, and voila! I had super silky hair.

I primarily am interested in the cleansing and detoxifying benefits, so I’m taking it at night and see how I feel the next day. And it’s been positive so far.

I’m using pure organic, unfiltered ACV, the popular Bragg’s brand. It’s funny how the one brand I saw and would secretly make fun of in my head is the one thing I am so glad to buy!

the juice cleanse

Today I’m finishing up a five-day juice cleanse. It’s been a long five days, but not that hard. I don’t feel that hungry and I’ve lost several pounds of what I believe are years of toxin buildup. While I’m quite happy with the results and feeling very healthy, I know it’s just the beginning of a larger life change.

A surprising benefit is that my feet look better. Overall, everything looks better, but I didn’t know feet were included. My feet appear to be less puffy looking, and I have to tighten my shoelaces when I go hiking. I also don’t need to wear my ankle brace, at least while doing an easy hike. And the veins look less puffy and seem skinnier and bulge out less. My circulation must be a lot better.

Who’d have thought fruits and vegetables could do so much?

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