Monday, June 13, 2011

Broke, but happy

So after returning home from California, I realized a few things. 1. I havnt shopped for food in 2 weeks. B. I have worked in a week and a half. and 3. I have no monies. Time to empty the fridge and cupboards!!! Enter the crock pot. I heart my crock pot. So I currently have a concotion in there that is this, lol:

1 package 16 bean soup (bought a few months ago during a stock up session)
1 seasoning packet that came with said soup
3 cloves garlic
ground black pepper to taste
lemon pepper to taste
1 TBLS curry powder
1 TBLS Red Pepper flakes

I soaked the beans over night, rinsed and added to the crock pot. I then added enough water to cover the beans with an additional 1-2" water covering. I chopped the garlic and threw it in, and mixed in the seasoning packet. about 3 hours in I got bored and dumped the other seasonings in. May add more curry later. But yay! and came out pretty good, hurrah for beans :) **It came out fantastic! Yumm-o!

I also made no-knead bread to go with it.
(from Steamy Kitchen)

3 cups bread flour (I like Harvest King bread flour)
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon fine table salt (or 3/4 tablespoon of kosher salt)
1 1/2 cups warm water
Covered pot (five-quart or larger cast iron, Pyrex, ceramic, enamel...something that can go into a 450F oven.)


1. Mix dough: The night before, combine all ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together. It will be a shaggy, doughy mess. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 12-20 hours on countertop.
2. Shape & preheat: The dough will now be wet, sticky and bubbly. With a wet spatula, dump the dough on a floured surface. Fold ends of dough over a few times with the spatula and nudge it into a ball shape. You can use your hands if you like, just keep your hands wet so that the dough does not stick. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terrycloth) with flour. Set dough seam side down on top of towel. Fold towel over the dough. Let it nap for 2 hours. When you've got about a half hour left, slip your covered pot into the oven and preheat to 450F.
3. Bake: Your dough should have doubled in size. Remove pot from oven. Holding towel, turn over and dump wobbly dough into pot, using your hands to get the dough off the towel. Doesn't matter which way it lands. Shake to even dough out. Cover. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover, bake another 15-20 minutes or until the crust is beautifully golden and middle of loaf is 210F. Remove and let cool on wired rack. If not eating right away, you can re-crisp crust in 350F oven for 10 minutes. Best way to eat it? Smear a warm slice with some good butter (Kerrygold and Lurpac are both found in your grocery stores, usually on top shelf)

It came out REALLY good! Im very happy. Its a plain white bread, with a crispy crust, so next time I would like to add something like olives, sundreid tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, etc. Also, I dont own a Dutch oven so i used my big stock pot, and all was well. my biggest worry was my own self doubt and keeping the kitten away from the oven. LOL!

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