Month: June 2015

whole wheat bread loaf

whole wheat bread loaf

I like sharing experiences about special food – dishes that make me excited and proud about cooking; restaurants that serve life-changing meals. So being one of the most common pantry items, I hardly thought that a loaf of bread would ever be worth writing back home about. Until this week. Being conscious of nutrition and a quasi food-hipster, I prefer whole wheat over white bread. I think it tastes better and I think it’s better for you, but when I bake bread at home, I usually bake a plain white or mixed loaf because my past experiences with full whole wheat were woeful and yielded flat and unappealing loaves. My white loaves have gotten me by for a while – good enough for some PB&Js or my much-adored Vegemite toast, but this week when I was craving the carbs, I thought I’d give whole wheat another chance. I remembered that I had some guar gum left over from a failed ice cream experiment and some gluten that I usually make seitan with. After the first hour of …

chrysanthemum greens

first harvest

It has been quite a busy month, although the deafening crickets and the mammoth tumbleweeds rolling around the pink pepper blog haven’t suggested as much. Going from Ms. to Mrs. Pepper, the last minute preparations left me with little time to cook, photograph or feed my Masterchef Australia addiction. I only just recently caught up on episodes whilst recovering from the most inconvenient cold of my life – yes, I was sick on my wedding day! Nonetheless, it was a beautiful day, and being with such wonderful and caring people almost made me forget about my runny nose. During the chaos, it seems as though some of my garden greens started to flower – an almost desperate cry from my poor plants for attention. I wasn’t able to salvage my Chinese broccoli, but I was able to harvest some pretty lovely chrysanthemum greens – it looks like the warm weather in Arizona agrees with them and they are a pretty low maintenance vegetable to grow. These greens are often used in Japanese dishes such as …