Sourdough Revival

 


I have seen a lot of folks looking for sourdough starter cultures in the last while and I decided to post about how to revive a dried culture here as I have been mailing out some to folks who do not have one to start with – these directions will come in handy.

If you’re looking for a kombucha, ginger beer or sourdough starter ~ I could be your guy. Send me an email or post a comment on this blog and I’ll be more the happy to help you out.

What you have to know is that reviving a dried sourdough starter can be a pretty bulletproof and simple task – most of the time. Like all cultures that go dormant however, you do not know if they are “alive” again until you go through the process to wake them up. Some have gone to sleep forever and you need to start all over again. No big deal – just let me know and I can ship you out another.

Day 1 Instructions: 

Soak 1 tsp. dried starter in 1 Tbs. lukewarm purified or spring water for a few minutes to soften

Stir in 1 Tbsp. all-purpose or bread flour (orgainc), cover loosely with a tightly woven cloth or Abeego wax/cloth wrap and let sit at 20 degrees (plus) for 24 hours. If you stir the mixture a couple of times during the 24 hours you will aerate and push the process along a little further.

Day 2: 

Stir in 1 Tbsp. of flour and 1 tsp. of purified water and let it sit as in day 1. Bubbling should start within 48 to 72 hours of this process. If not, your culture might be stagnant. Try again.

Day 3: 

Add 1/3 cup flour and 1/4 cup of water to activate culture.  Build the starter one or two times per day until you have what you will need for baking – remembering you will need to keep some to set aside for future batches. Equal amounts (by weight) of flour and water usually give you the best culture consistency for baking.

Aftercare: 

Your starter can be stored in the fridge with a loose fitting lid or Abeego. You can then feed it once weekly to keep it alive. You may also go the route of drying your culture out on a silpat if you feel that you are done with baking.

Spring (10 minute) veggie soup 

 

Tired of salad, still on a training plan…enter Zuppa.

Yesterday felt cold, really cold and blustery. I think that during this point of my training, when I’m burning off all my body fat, I just tend to be more cold. Plus, we live in the woods in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies so….we still have knee-deep snow in places that I’m sure adds to this fact.

This soup wasn’t as satiating as I would normally make it because I had measured my protein and placed it in the bottom of the bowl instead of just going for it like i usually would. If you’re watching calories, this one is very very low on carbs, good amount of fiber and if you measure out your protein, it’ll balance out quite well for an evening meal.

In the bottom of this bowl is 4oz of firm organic Tofu. In Jeff’s bowl was 6oz of Tofurky Lightly Seasoned “Chicken”. So jealous of his “meat”…hee hee.

Ingredients: 

4 cups veggie stock – try my homemade recipe HERE

2 cups hot water

2 medium carrots chopped

2 cups cauliflower chopped

2 cups broccoli chopped

1 medium yellow onion diced

3 cloves garlic diced

3 cups white mushrooms sliced

1 cup shelled peas

1 heaping TBSP Mugi Miso

Coconut oil (spray) or 1/2 tsp

1 tsp salt

** I use sriracha on EVERYTHING including this soup. Add to your desired heat.

Method: 

In a large pot saute onions, garlic and carrots in coconut oil for 5 minutes on medium heat to soften and release flavour.

Next, add in cauliflower and broccoli and saute for another 3-4 minutes.

Add remainder of ingredients starting with your veggie broth then your water. Bring to a boil for 1 minute then reduce and simmer for 30 minutes or so.

You can either add protein directly to the soup OR place it in the bottom of a bowl before serving. If you do this when your protein is cold, it will cool off the soup while heating up.

Serves 4.

Pity Party Pizza – Vegan

 

Walnut and Brussels Sprout “Zaa”

 

46 days into prep without a re-feed meal and I was starting to feel like my next check-in email would be responded to with a “guess what? You get a re-feed”….instead, I was told that I looked like I’m retaining water which upped my cardio to an insane level AND changed my overall diet plan again.

This did not sit well with me, Jeff suggested we go for pizza. I had enough will to NOT cave and head for legit dangerous territory but I did need to pretend I ate pizza in order to survive.

I birthed a couple of recipes I hope you can find some enjoyment in.

Water retention. Pfft.

 

Without having anything tomatoey, I needed to build a base. I was originally going for a Thai flavour but it ended up being something…else.

 

I utilized my usual vegan prep food for these recipes…but not the asparagus as I am mad at asparagus right now and don’t want to taste it on anything remotely delicious. Stupid, plain, boring and never ending asparagus.
Base:

Ezekiel wraps

1 tbsp sun butter

1/4 cup rehydrated sundried tomatoes (let sit in really warm water for 10-15 mins)

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup water
Cheese:

4 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/8 cup water

1 tbsp chia seeds

*Mix all ingredients in small dish with fork and allow to sit for 10 minutes to thicken* voila “cheeze” 

Pizza toppings: 

Roasted brussels sprouts

Roasted broccoli

Chopped tomato

Cubed Tofu

Walnuts

Yellow onions

Maple Syrup

Method: 

Pre-heat oven to 425.

Slather on base, then add ingredients as desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes checking back to ensure you aren’t burning the “crust”. On my second effort I sprayed the bottom of the “pizza” with coconut oil. 

Pizza #1 was: 

Base, slivered yellow onion, brussels, tomato, walnuts & drizzle of maple syrup.

Pizza #2 was: 

Base, broccoli, tomato, tofu (measured per my diet plan), “cheeze”.

Winter Salad – Eating in Season

 

A beautiful salad I wish I could’ve chowed down on!

 

Another recipe from my Earl Grey School teaching series in Calgary. Keeping it simple and fun allowed the kids to have a blast putting this one together.

Ingredient by ingredient they identified in season veggies

These ingredients were a great segway into teaching about carbon footprints, our impact on the earth and what it truly means to be a locavore.

The kids love participating ~ even when it’s just emptying out a baggie into a bowl. Hands on is key & food is the way to their hearts and minds.

Another  vegan (nearly raw) recipe requiring no cooking – perfect for you to pick up and make at home with your family.

I was SO impressed by what the kids knew about the items that we discussed. One girl even knew (without using the exact terminology) that broccoli and kale belonged to the same family ~ brassicas ~ faith in some of humanity restored….look at all those hands up in the air!

 

The smart board here is showing my chart that addresses carbon footprint impacts in the food production industry.

With the use of technology we were able to forego our usual paper handouts (which I hope were making it home for parents to have a look at all the continued resources) and put up a lot of great information for the class to have a look through and comment on.

These kids will definitely be thinking more “Earth first” after going through how they themselves can help reduce carbon emissions by the choices they make as little humans – they seemed to come away feeling quite empowered. If you’re looking for the lesson plan I used to accompany this recipe – contact me!

Ingredients:

– 3 cups raw, washed broccoli florets

– 2 cups blanched yams, cubed

– 2 cups frozen or fresh peas

– 1 cup green onion diced

– 3 cups chopped kale (any variety)

– 4 tbsp lemon juice

– 2 tsp grated ginger

– 1 tsp Himalayan salt

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in large bowl, stir and serve. You can also store in the

I think this one works best if you settle it in the refrigerator for a few hours to let all the flavours combine.

Top this recipe with sesame seeds or toasted pumpkin seeds as I have omitted these due to allergies.

Great as a side dish, this recipe serves 8-10 sides.

White bean dip – Vegan

  

  

Filling, creamy and a great source of protein. A simple bean recipe can edge out dips and spreads with ease.

Try this simple 5 minute recipe on for size.

Ingredients:

1 large can of Cannelloni Beans with juice

3 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup water in case of dryness

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve with crackers or veggies for dip. Use as a great sandwich/pita/flat bread spread!

Vegan chocolate cream pie – HOLIDAY SERIES

 

  

Oh what are the holidays or special family dinners without dessert? I tried my hand at a no-bake pie this winter and it turned out magically.

No ovens, small mess to clean up and a delicious result.

Best of all? No crappy processed ingredients.
Ingredients: 

Crust: 

2 -2.5 cups CREAMY CHEWY dates. If they are not creamy/chewy/soft – you must soak!

 

1 cup walnuts

1 cup crumbled honey wafers

4 tbsp cacao powder

1/8 cup melted Earth Balance

Salt to taste

1/4 cup warm water set aside

Filling: 

2 cups cashews, unsalted, raw. Soak if you wish.

3/4 cup scented coconut oil

2 cans light coconut milk

2 cups melted carob chips

1/2 cup liquid sweetener ie: stevia/agave

Juice of 1 large lemon

Salt to taste

Other: 

Pecan halves to decorate

Method: 

Process dates, walnuts and wafers from crust ingredients. Once mixed add remainder of ingredients and pulse. *TIP*: Add drops of warm water to mixture if it is not blending well. Should resemble a play-doh “ish” ball when fully mixed.

You should now have a loose ball of “dough” to line a pie plate with. Ensure you come up the sides of the pie plate like an authentic thick crust so that your filling is held in nicely! Place in fridge to chill.

In blender place all filling ingredients and mix for a couple of minutes or until smooth.

Pour into pie filling, top with pecan halves.

If you have less time, place the pie in the freezer for a couple of hours. If you’re not in a rush, refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours.

I left mine in over night to really set up.

You’ll only need to pop this out of the fridge for about 2 minutes to be able to cut into slices.

I served mine with a scoop of Peanut Butter and Banana Nice Cream and Coconut Whip!

 

 

 

Vegan stuffing – HOLIDAY SERIES

What is a traditional holiday meal without…..stuffing? I’m not a huge stuffing girl (prefer my carbs in the form of cake) however, nothing is more simple than a good stuffing recipe and meat eaters wont have any clue! This recipe was a hit with my family …. they ate more of this than the stuffing that was up the butt of the dead bird.

Little by little I sneak all this goodness in and it’s appreciated.

Top with some vegan brown gravy – yuuuummmmers.

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped mushrooms of choice – I used giant white

3 cups bread crumbs – I used a 50/50 mix of sourdough and wheat

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

2 cups chopped celery

1 tsp Sage

2 large onions chopped fine

4 cloves garlic

4 cups veggie bouillon/broth – Here’s my recipe for homemade broth

3 Bay leaves

1 cup pecans chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Method: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Liquefy coconut oil In saucepan over medium heat, add onion and garlic. Saute until translucent. Add mushrooms and chopped celery and saute another 3-4 minutes until celery begins to turn clear and mushrooms begin to shrink.

Slowly add half the bouillon/broth and bay leaves and bring to a low boil for 2 minutes then remove from heat.

In large bowl combine remainder of ingredients. Ensure that the remaining bouillon liquid is measured in slowly as to not create a soup. Leave some liquid in reserve if need be. The drier the bread the more liquid it will take. Store-bought crouton-type bread will soak VERY easily. Once mixed well, spread evenly over non-stick baking pan or line with parchment paper first.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, remove from oven and “stir” then bake for an additional 15 minutes or until slightly browned.

 

Vegan coconut cream – HOLIDAY SERIES

 

I swear you will never make regular whipped cream again. This recipe is SO simple and really works. I’ve used a few recipes as inspiration but have managed to cut the fat content down without any issue so I thought it would be a PERFECT time to share this one with you all.

Minimal ingredients, maximum flavour.

Ingredients: 

3 cans low(er) fat coconut milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract – my homemade recipe HERE

1 cup icing sugar

3/4 cup cornstarch or tapioca flour

Method: 

DAY 1: You will need to separate and chill the coconut milk in the fridge over night. Empty the contents of three cans into a deep bowl and ensure you do not tip it over/move it too much or the cream & oil will get mixed up.

DAY 2: Chill a mixing bowl in the freezer and bring out your hand mixer! You can also use a traditional beater. The hand mixer worked famously.

Next, you will need to skim the coconut milk from the top into your chilled bowl. My milk didn’t really harden up too much and because it wasn’t full fat, there wasn’t much to separate at all! You’ll notice the oil poking through if you go too deep into the liquid.

Start beating/blending the cream until it starts to become creamy. Without FULL FAT cream this took me about 1.5-2 minutes. You will start to notice it will peak (as in the picture above) just like traditional cream.

Next, add vanilla extract and continue to beat for 30 seconds. Next, add your icing sugar and mix until smooth.

At this point, if you are noticing that your mixture is not creamy enough, start adding tapioca flour or cornstarch 1 teaspoon at a time and continue to mix until you reach the right consistency.

You can use this right away or refrigerate for use later. This stores easily for 1 week…maybe 2.

I topped my chocolate pie with this – deeeeelish.

Vegan Irish Cream – Holiday Series

Rarely do I make desserts or work with alcohol (unless it’s for a tincture or homemade extracts) but this month we decided to have our family holiday dinner early so that we wouldn’t miss out while we are in Panama.

My family does not celebrate Christmas, though, not for religious reasons. We are atheists and really don’t celebrate any holidays. Our tradition is to go away each year at this time to spend a week or so together making memories on (usually) the beach. No store bought gifts, just the gift of our company and time.

This year, under the Christmas fern (there is a fern we threw some things under this year to appease Jeff’s family – we had a good laugh) this year were three lovely mason jars of delight as pictured above. Last minute I decided that I was in the spirit (he he) of giving my time and energy to something delicious and seasonally appreciated – Irish Cream!

This recipe takes no time at all, really no skill and is environmentally and animal friendly.

The only hitch is that you have to use quite a bit especially if you like to see your coffee turn white because this isn’t made with heavy cream. I’d say a 50/50 ratio is good!

I’ve included the nutritional information as well as traditional Irish Cream nutritional info so that you can see the difference for yourselves!

Ingredients:

3 cans light coconut milk

1.5 cups espresso/dark coffee

1.5 cups Jameson’s Irish Whisky

3/4 cup natural organic sugar. ( I used brown cane this time)

Method:

On stove top bring coconut milk to a light boil stirring often.

Reduce heat to simmer and add sugar. Continue to stir often for about 10-12 minutes or until the liquid has thickened some. You will be able to tell by feel when you are stirring.

Remove from heat and add whiskey and espresso or coffee and mix well.

This can be stored in a sealed jar for a week in the fridge. If you can this – it will last far longer. I made 2 litres of the stuff with this recipe.

Yummmmmy.

Nutritional Information: 

*Calories come from saturated fats, nearly 90%*

Vegan Irish Cream : Roughly 65 calories per oz

Traditional Irish Cream:  From 130-147 calories per oz

 

Sexy Maca Protein Pancakes – Vegan Bodybuilding Series

I promised in one of my “Becoming Little Miss Bikini” posts that I would put up my recipe for the hated protein pancake.

I have not learned to love these things however, this recipe turned out the best and I figured if you’re vegan and trying to fight your way to a body-building competition, you might appreciate this recipe and tips.

Maca is a little used superfood in my world but since my sex drive has been put on the back burner – 18 times per month instead of the usual 25 plus – I thought I’d add this little beast to boost the libido. It is also found to balance hormones, boost energy in general, aid with clearing skin and immune system.

Maca is a plant whose root has been used to treat low libido issues for years. Deemed an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancing, why not try it out if you’re “too tired”? Those who have a thyroid condition should avoid this as it could cause goiter. You don’t want that.

The flavour is sort of butterscotch-y over use can destroy smoothies and other recipes. You should consult a professional (me) if you’re wondering what dosages to take regularly.

You can purchase this in a variety of forms. I buy it powdered and bagged.

Ingredients: 

1 large tbsp organic, raw coconut butter ( I use Artisana)

1/2 cup gluten free oats (I use Only Oats)

1 tsp Maca ( I use Organic Traditions)

1 tbsp baking powder

1 scoop Iron Vegan Natural Vanilla Protein

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp homemade vanilla extract

Method: 

Mix all ingredients with hot water in a bowl as well as you can. Allow it to sit for 5 minute for the oats to absorb as much water as possible.

Add more water until you get to a pancake batter consistency.

Preheat a pan on to medium heat – level 4 or 5. Use coconut oil cooking spray to quickly spritz your pan.

Scoop out silver dollar sized dollops and allow to cook for at least 5 minutes. This will not bind like a regular pancake so don’t get too excited to flip them right away. Trust me.

Look for bubbles like with a regular pancake, seriously let them be for 5 minutes.

Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes.

Plate and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so.

The inside will be slightly gooey and this recipe would be TO  DIE FOR with almond butter.

Nutrition information: 

365 total calories

25g protein

39 grams carbs

10g fibre

3g sugar

14g fat

52g iron

8g calcium