Think you're too much of a loaf to make a good loaf of wholesome bread? Well, you CAN BE! Why buy bread that has all sorts of preservatives and fillers when you can make your own right at home - and easily? We're fortunate to have a wonderful bread company near us that offers us wholesome bread (2Fish Baking Co). But, not everyone has this luxury. When our bread shop is not open I know I can make a great loaf for my family without worry or hassle. This recipe makes it easy by using quick rise yeast and allowing the dough to sit over night or during the day (while at work, for example). There is only one quick moment (15 minutes prior to baking) where you are required to knead the dough. BUT THE KEY to a great, crunchy-on-the-outside, loaf is baking it in a dutch oven. I have a cast iron set by LODGE (Love their stuff) that creates a great hot space to bake my bread and create that down-home crunch and tenderness.
Here is a loaf I made just the other day: A whole wheat loaf for a dinner at friends. Read Below for a "Here's How"
There's a great community monthly sale that occurs here every first Saturday of the month called Pay N Take! I am all about recycling everything. What one person wishes to be rid of, another needs. I love shopping here - I find great gifts for people, great tools and things I need in the house - and I ALWAYS find great cookware items. Although we didn't see much of interest at first, I decided to take my usual "second peruse" and came upon a brand new (or barely used), high quality Japanese Hot Pot Steamboat for $5! Perfect for Shabu Shabu - or, as I like to call it, JAPANESE FONDUE!
WHAT IS SHABU SHABU - Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ , also spelled shyabu-shyabu?) is a Japanese dish featuring thinly sliced beef boiled in water. The term is an onomatopœia, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style: Both consist of thinly sliced meat and vegetables and served with dipping sauces. However, Shabu-shabu is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki.
WHY I LIKE SHABU SHABU
I love Shabu Shabu because it's easy, interactive and a great way to have dinner with friends or family! I don't really have to cook - all I have to do is prep vegetables and whatever else I want to put into the broth. And I the love dips that are the typical fare with Shabu Shabu! They are the key to having a great experience with Shabu Shabu. When you remove the food from the hot pot you dip them these fabulously flavorful dips and then plunk them into your mouth! They are not complicated dips but simple and tasty!
ABOUT THIS BLOG!
I am simply a person with a serious passion for FOOD! I am not a chef, chemist or doctor - I am just a foodie food-head! The recipes in this blog are things I make for myself, my family and my friends and they have been tested and tried by some of my closest food critics. This blog has helped me become more aware and appreciative of the food I prepare and share and I am very grateful for this.