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Slow Rise Vogels

From http://www.kiwiwise.co.nz/recipe/jaquelines-slow-rise-vogels-bread

See also http://liverstone.blogspot.jp/2009/06/home-made-vogels-bread.html

I have long searched for a recipe for a Vogels-like bread and recently adapted Jim Lahey’s no knead white bread to come up with a loaf that is just like vogels, moist and chewy with a great crust. It is baked in a pre heated cast iron dutch oven with a lid, but a pyrex or ceramic container can also be used. No kneading, just mix up ingredients and let time do the kneading for you. Only requires a few minutes hands on time, but requires forward planning as can take up to 22 hours before ready to bake.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2x 750gm loaves
Ingredients:
½ cup kibbled wheat
¼ cup kibbled rye
4 cups high grade bread flour
1 cup whole meal flour
¼ cup rolled oats
½ cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp Quinoa
3 tbsp flax seed
3 Tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp gluten
2 Tbsp skim milk powder
1/3 teaspoon instant yeast (yes thats right!)
2 3/4 teaspoons salt
3 1/4 cups cold water
1 tsp wine vinegar
Directions:
Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well (seeds are all optional)
Add water and vinegar
Mix well until a shaggy dough forms.
Cover bowl and dough with a plastic bag and leave in a warm place in winter or on bench in summer for 12 -18 hours to rise. Leave for longer if cold weather, it needs to have bubbles forming on the top of the dough when ready
When dough is bubbly on top, stir and fold dough over on itself once or twice, using a silicone spatula. It is a very wet sticky dough.
Cover and let rest about 15 minutes.
1. Using a spatula, gently shape dough into a ball, folding it over on itself, no kneading necessary.
2. Dust flour over the bottom of the bowl and place the dough seam side down into the bowl. Cover and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
3. Half an hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 220 deg C and place the 4 1/2 litre cast iron dutch oven and lid in to heat also.
4. Tip dough gently into hot dutch oven container, seam side up. (No need to grease container, doesn’t stick, can use baking paper liner if you must). Sprinkle quickly with water and put lid on pot and place back in oven. (I use a silicone spatula to ease the dough from the sides of the bowl cleanly as I tip it into the bowl. I try to prevent any strands of dough from breaking)
5. Bake 35 minutes then remove lid and bake a further 10-15 minutes to brown top. Remove from oven, tip bread onto a rack, cover with a tea towel and leave to cool. Do not slice until cool..
The quinoa and any of the seeds can be omitted to make a loaf like the “Original Vogels loaf” , costs a lot less but still gives a great textured and chewy bread. I still like to add sunflower seeds if i have them though, they do make it very tasty.

My costing for the basic loaf without seeds:
$1.04 for 675gm champion white high grade flour @$7.99 per 5kg
$0.27 for 90 gm Kibbled Wheat @ $3.00 per kg BinInn
$0.15 for 45 gm Kibbled Rye @ $3.40 per kg BinInn
$0.05 for 1/3 tsp Tasti active yeast @$3.77per 130g (78 servings)
$0.01 for 2 tspns (10g) salt (Pam’s iodised table @ $1.65 for 2kg
$0.06 for ¼ cup (22g) rolled oats (Pams @ $375 for 1.5 kg
$0.30 for electricity cost for oven use (220°C for 1 hr [including heating-up time]
$1.88 = Total cost for 1460gm loaf of bread (almost twice the size of a store bought 750gm vogels original loaf)
The cost of $1.88 for a 1.460kg loaf works out at approx 13 cents per 100 gm, or 97.5 cents per 750 gm loaf.
Total cost for a homemade version of the 750 gm loaf of original multigrain vogels bread works out at less than $1.00 dollar.


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Delicious Barbecue Ribs

Here’s a recipe I have tried and love. I do it a little differently to the original recipe (and will update this post at some point, for the moment it’s just here so I can easily find this recipe when I need to) but it still tastes really good.

For the most delicious, sweet, barbecue flavored ribs you’ve every made yourself, try this. Instead of cooking only for 5 mins on the barbecue, I like to cook them for a bit longer, basting and basting. Thus, cook them for a bit less in the oven. Continue reading


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Smiles are Beautiful – Things I want to teach my kids

There is no doubt that the materialistic world we live in favors the beautiful. So one of the things I’d like to teach the children I may someday have is that smiling is a powerful tool in beautifying yourself in a world that favors beauty.

It’s not that I want to raise shallow children. Of course I want to teach them to look beyond the surface of people and basically anything and everything else but I don’t want them to naively think that the world treats people equally. People are treated differently based on how they look. There is no arguing that, but with a smile we can present ourselves as  a little more beautiful to the world.

And of course, part and parcel, when you smile at people they smile back.

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.
~ Unknown

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
~Mother Teresa


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Computer Humour and Joke Telling PC’s

When I was finishing up my last post which is mostly a bunch of blather about my computer, I was thinking a little joke about computer might be a nice way to end up. When nothing came to mind, beyond those old classics like:

A woman calls a computer help line to asks the operator “Where is the ‘any’ key?”

Ok, that one can be told better but the point is, I decided to check if google had any new jokes. And while google can’t actually tell you new jokes, I found out that there is a computer that has been designed to tell witty jokes based on the connections between two words. A couple examples:

I like my women like I like my gas…. natural

I like my relationships like I like my source…. open

And one that could only come from a computer:

I like my men like I like my monoxide…. odourless

Anyway, though it sounds really interesting, it’s obviously limited to “I like my something like I like my something” jokes. The computer from there analyses what third word fits both and creates the joke. Read the Telegraph’s article for the more.