Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spinach Pita Bread

Spinach Pitas/Snack Cakes

1 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 TBS sugar
2 1/2 cup wheat flour (I use spelt)
2 cups ground spinach ( I shred mine with some extra water in the food processor or blender) Measure spinach after grinding.
1 tsp. salt
1 TBS oil (olive preferably)
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups white flour (I use a mixture of spelt or whole grain)

Mix first 3 ingredients in a large bowl then add flour, stir.  Let sit for at least 1/2 hour or up to 8 hours.
Add salt and oil, mix.  Then stir in the rest of the flour.  If making into pitas you will need to knead in the rest of the flour.  Cover and let rise 2 to 3 hours.  Shape into balls, roll into circles then cook on hot griddle (between 350/400) for a minute on each side.  If you want a softer pita, cook less, dryer, cook more.

For the Snack Cake variation simply add more water until you get a consistency slightly thicker than pancake mix. You can cut the rising time to 1/2 hour after the second addition of flour.  Scoop them onto a greased hot griddle in the desired size and spread them a little with a spoon.  Cook like a pancake.

This recipe also works well without the spinach.

Serve the snack cakes with peanut butter and yogurt mixed together, or homemade berry sauce, apple sauce or syrup-use your imagination.  They are handy dandy and my kids love them!

I will post pictures today after mine are cooked.

They get eaten almost before they even hit the plate.  These were made with my donut maker.
On the griddle.  These are the snack cake version, they are softer and more moist.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Back To Eden Gardening...A Family Affair

We are switching our gardening techniques this year.  We don't have a lot of time to spend weeding and what we looked in to gardening info and a local organic farmer told Jonathan about Back to Eden gardening.  No tilling, you start by laying down newspaper 6-7 papers thick, cover that with wood mulch 6-7 inches thick, aged manure and then plant.  Every garden needs 3 things, food, oxygen and water.  If you are into gardening I highly recommend watching the video on the Back to Eden web site.  I will be chronicling our journey and our results.  We should have started our garden in the fall and let it sit all winter, but alas we just came across this gardening method. We are very hopeful!
 Putting down the paper.
 Capturing the renegade
 Silas on top of the mulch pile
 Mmhhhmm I can help too (Jachin)
 Emmaus the rooster.
 Handsome Hubby.
 Hard working Buddy-Vaughn
Another rooster, he was born to be one :) (Silas)
Tuesday, April 9. 2013