02 February 2016

Sour Dough French Bread

photo of sour dough french bread


I made some French bread today, but instead of just using the active sour dough starter, I added yeast as well.  It came out pretty good, with the added bonus of a much shorter rise time of 2 hours instead of 6.

What you need:
  • 1 cup of active sour dough starter
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 cups of flour (you may need more or less depending on humidity)
Putting it together:
  • In a bowl, add the sour dough starter
  • Add 1/2 cup of flour and mix until combined
  • Allow to sit for about 30 minutes
  • Put yeast and sugar in small bowl and add water
  • Once yeast has bloomed, add to sour dough starter
  • Mix to combine
  • Add salt and egg, mixing to combine
  • Begin adding flour 1/2 cup at a time
  • Continue adding until well mixed. Dough should be somewhat sticky, but not TOO sticky.
  • Once kneading is complete, cover and let rise until doubled in size: 60-90 minutes.
  • After first rise, take out, punch down gently, and shape into loaf(s)
  • Cover and let rise an additional 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Bake for 18 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees
  • Remove and let cool at least 30 minutes before slicing
  • Enjoy!!

29 January 2016

Charting my Heart Rate

cartoon of a T-Rex chasing a jogger.
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This is my first week back exercising after a week off and for the next 6-8 weeks, I have decided to switch from strength training to straight cardio. Because of this switch and to have a good way of judging my progress, I am starting to keep track of my heart rate (beats per minute-bpm's). I am going for a goal of reducing my immediate post exercise bpm's by 50+ within 1 minute. This is a very lofty goal, but something that I can strive for. This 50+ rate is what athletes are expected to achieve, not just regular folks like me. However, it is a goal and while I may not be able to attain it within the next several weeks, it will be interesting to see how close I can get.

This week, my immediate post exercise bpm was 149bpm's, after 1 minute, the average was 124bpm's...difference of 25. This falls into the normal catagory, but now I have a goal and, since I was stupid enough to post this, I also have motivation to continue :) Oh, I do not have a fitbit, so I'm doing it the old fashioned way...OH NO, MATH!!! :0

08 October 2015

Zucchini Casserole

I made a zucchini casserole last night. It was fairly easy to do, I basically just chucked whatever veggies I could find and added them to the zucchini. I then added some feta, Parmesan, and some panko breadcrumbs. This is a good recipe to use if you want to empty out some veggies that you might not know what to do with.

photo of zucchini casserole

What you Need:
  • Zucchini, large
  • Veggies (you can use frozen or fresh)
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
Putting it together: 

  • Take your zucchini and remove the skin
  • Remove the seeds. The easiest way to do this is to slice the zucchini lengthwise and use a large spoon to scarp out the seeds.
  • Cut the zucchini into bite-sized cubes
  • Steam the zucchini until tender (takes about 10-15 minutes)
  • Once cooled, in a large bowl add the zucchini and all the other ingredients, except the breadcrumbs
  • Add some salt, pepper, and any other herbs and spices you like
  • Mix together
  • Put everything into a 9 x 13 baking dish
  • Sprinkle top with breadcrumbs and extra cheese
  • Set oven to 350 and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes
  • Enjoy!
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