Sunday, January 31, 2016

Soaked Whole Wheat Pancakes

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups whole milk
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 eggs lightly beaten
2 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Notes/Story: Mix vinegar into the whole milk in small dish and add to whole wheat flour in big glass mixing bowl. Cover and place in a warm spot for 12-24 hrs. 

Then add rest of ingredients and make into pancakes on griddle. 

"Because they are acidic, buttermilk, cultured milk, yoghurt and whey (as well as lemon juice and vinegar) activate the enzyme phytase, which works to break down phytic acid in the bran of grains. Sour milk products also provide lactic acid and lactobacilli that help break down complex starches, irritating tannins and difficult-to-digest proteins. Soaking increases vitamin content and makes all the nutrients in grains more available. This method has the further advantage of so softening whole meal flour that the final product is often indistinguishable from one made with white flour." - Nourishing Traditions (where I found the recipe)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Creamy cauliflower soup

2 tbsp butter
1 small onion, diced
2 cups chicken stock 
2 cups cream
1.5 heads chopped cauliflower 
8 oz shredded cheese of choice (cheddar is recommended)
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
Pepper to taste

Notes/Story: Saute onion in butter until soft. Add cream and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and add chopped cauliflower. Boil for 20 min until the cauliflower is really soft. Then put soup in blender and blend until puréed or use immersion blender if you want it more chunky. Pour back into origional soup pot and add spices and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and serve immediately. 

I love the creamy cauliflower soup at Cafe  Zupas so I blended a couple recipes together and came up with this one. It's pretty close to the Zupas one and Will even likes it!