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Spelt-Chestnut-Bread (Hildegard of Bingen)

Spelt-Chestnut-Bread (Hildegard of Bingen)
200 grams coarsely shredded spelt 1/8 l milk 1/8 l water 40 g yeast 200 gram white spelt flour 2 tablespoons chestnut flour 1 teaspoon salt a pinch bertram  & galangal
Mix coarsely shredded spelt with milk and water. Let rest for about 1-2 hours (till all liquid is absorbed). Add yeast. let rest 10 minutes Add salt, spelt and chestnut flour, mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside on warm place. Let double in size. Knead and let rise again. Knead again and put into your pan. Let rise last time. Preheat oven to 250°C, brush with water, cut surface once or twice. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 200°C and bake for about an hour. Let bread for 10 more minutes in oven. Then let cool over night on rack. Galangal was highly recommended by Hildegard of Bingen. She said that it was given by God to provide protection against illness. "The spice of life," as she called galangal, appears in many Hildegard formulas. Hildegard regarded galangal mainly as a potent aid to digestion and quick reliever of pain, such as the pain associated with angina pectoris, heart attacks, and gall bladder symptoms. The heart symptoms are secondary to the gastric distress, which, if relieved, eases cardiac pressure. Hildegard wrote: Whoever has heart pain and is weak in the heart should instantly eat enough galangal, and he or she will be well again. [Physica] Spelt Some 800 years ago Hildegard von Bingen wrote about spelt: "The spelt is the best of grains. It is rich and nourishing and milder than other grain. It produces a strong body and healthy blood to those who eat it and it makes the spirit of man light and cheerful. If someone is ill boil some spelt, mix it with egg and this will heal him like a fine ointment."

Astrid 04.05.2009, 20.34| (0/0) Kommentare | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Thankful (?) Thursday

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Hi this is ME Salome, do you remember yesterday's pic? ME is not sure if'n me is a happy camper kitty now... The Ladey and the handsome man came home one day last week and worked on the balcony. They maded lots of noise and then the balcony looked like this:

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Now imma fenced in girl kitty. They saided 'CCause ME keeps balancing on the reiling and ME might fall of into the neighbors garden and might hurts MEself or get lost. Hey ME only falled of once 'CCause I was ascairt of the storm outside and ME was clever and finded ME way out back to The Ladey to carry ME home! ME did not get lost or get hurt...! The boys keep teasing ME it's all because of ME the balcony looks like this now! *sigh* ME wonders what Meowza will thik of ME now... *sigh*

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ME is thankful tho for the Cat Condo we have to sleep in the sun.

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...and for the chair to nap on...

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...and for lots of plants and green thingys to sniff  too...

Astrid 30.04.2009, 15.50| (7/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Wordless Wednesday

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Astrid 29.04.2009, 05.19| (11/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos No.93

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Welcome to the April 19, 2009 edition of bad kitty cats festival of chaos - a little delayed as always here *sigh* I need to apawlogize to alla you but the Momma has been having a real hard time lately and so private internet time and posting was cut down to a minimum as you might have noticed. So this festival will be light too but we hope for better times. We still miss Megan and Zed Monster here so very much and are very very worried to have no words how they are for so long now again. Sometimes Momma just feels she cannot keep up the festival any longer not only because of the work involved (it is fun too) but also because it hurts to not know how our friends are and to be worried every time we work for the festival or do an edition. We apologize again that we rarley participate in any of the wonderful editions you all are hosting as well. We still hope for better times and better news soon! yours truly, Kashim and Momma Astrid So, now let's start with the festival anyway, k? Let's have some fun and see what our friends were up to this past weekend:

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  • CatSynth presents Weekend Cat Blogging: our neighbor at CatSynth, saying, "Thanks for hosting. We have some Chaos this weekend, looking back on a visit from our neigbhor" ~ Aww how sweet! It's good to have nice neighbours, no? ...as long as they do not intend to  move in I say, huh?
  • Mog, Cece and Meowza present Tuxie Tuesday at iInfidel. ~ Awsome how you two buddies get along. Again it is good to have nice neighbours, huh?
  • Babeth has lots of Feline Patients at House of Chaos, saying, "It's a world of hurt this springtime..." ~ we all are sending lots of healing purrs and comforting hugs your way and hope everyone is better soon! *hugs*
This concludes this week's festival. Next week your host will be Mr Tigger & The M-Cats Club and it's Gotcha Day Story Time, so please participate with your Gotcha Story we'd love to read it!

Astrid 23.04.2009, 05.14| (3/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Mancat Monday on Tuesday

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... I fear it is hopeless...

P.S. The Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos will be up this evening SHE PROMISED!!

Astrid 21.04.2009, 12.11| (7/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Mancat Monday on Tuesday

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Hi there guys,

this is Kashim speaking. As you might have noticed we have not been around much lately. That's because the Handsome Man was sick with flu last week and Momma had to work longer to attend his meetings too at work. She got really exhausted during the week and took some long naps on the weekend. This week the Handsome Man is back to work BUT as they came home yesterday they did not play with us kitties, guess what? They played with WORK even AT HOME!! So what's a mancat gotta do? I decided to helps them, I am furry good at helping see:

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Here I am checking all the paperwork....

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...double check on the working facilities...

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...telling the Handsome Man where to put the pen...

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...dictating what to write down, that's impawtant stuff!!

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Here we were having a final discussion about the werk and I made sure he wrote down everything correctly.

After all that work I gots to play with the pen. It was fun too! You can see me playing with the pen in this little video:

Astrid 07.04.2009, 13.11| (16/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Carnival of the Cats #263

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A note from The Ladey: I am very sorry and have to apologize to all the participating cats and those of you who have been patiently waiting for this week's Carnival of the Cats. All I can say is: life happened again. The kids handsome man got sick with the flu and some other nasty infection and I was there to help him and see he is ok and additionally I was trying to catch up and reschedule my calender and had to squeeze in his meetings at work as well, so no deadlines would be missed and he can recover safely. Like Mom Robyn pointed out to me:  I am a perfectionist and so the carnival got delayed again rather then just throwing in some links and doing a "quick roundup". Sorry my friends!
Sally here: As you can see The Ladey has been too busy to help me doing this AGAIN! *sigh* But now with any further delay, here are the kitties of this weeks Carnival of the Cats:

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  • Monica remembers MAKI, the kitten in the picture above. Unfortunately it already left for the big adventure at the Rainbow Bridge.
  • There was a green-eyed neighbour spotted last week at the Elms in the Yard. What a beauty!!
  • Over at Blog d'Elisson Hakuna and Neighbor seem to have not really become best friends  over the past several weeks. Story to be continued...

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  • Cece has not been visiting Miz Mog for a few days but now he is back demanding his tem-tay-shuns.
  • Kismet is a very helpful kitty this week hekping his human to set up the new PC. What would the humans do without our help. huh?
  • Miss Scarlett says: "Cat Rule #7: Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare."

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  • Getting ready fur a date Mewoza? *giggles*
  • Awwwww, did you ever see a more handsum and thoughtful mancat? Miz Mog thinks Meowza is just sleeping but ME finks he is the most thoughtful mancat ever!!
  • Meowza tummy *faint*

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  • Don't miss our lovely friend Luna: She is a movie star this weekend!
  • Cute kitten pics and a birthday to celebrate: The LOST kittens are having their 2nd Birthday! ME says HAPPY PURRRFDAY!!
  • Gattina's kitties are thinking about the recent economy changes and thinking about alternative ways to find foodz...

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  • Fracas and Rocky were busy helping their human artist. Life as a cat sometimes is sooooo hard!
  • Maddie and Ivy have won one of the prizes from last weeks CotC. Concatulations!
  • Another Birthday: The Hotties said Happy Birthday to their Uncle Roman

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  • Shadow the Queen of the Panther House cats gives us a glimpse of some of her many kitty faces.
  • Denali at Kitty Kitty - is playing with her food. Well, who would not like to play with such lovely foodz? As she says "it tastes so much better this way"! ME agrees!
  • This ends this weeks Carnival of the Cats! We hope you had fun!

Astrid 31.03.2009, 19.17| (5/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Easy like Sunday...

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Sally says: We are doing The Carnival of the Cats today. So please come back later for yet another fun journey through Vienna with us! Until then we need some rest and go find the hour Momma lost tonight and is mumbling about....

Astrid 29.03.2009, 06.45| (7/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Irresistible Irish Soda Bread

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bbd #18 - Quick Breads hosted by Fun & Food Blog Deadline: April 1st, 2009 When I read the announcement of this months BBD I thought: Oh well,I might skip this one. I do not know any bread recipes not calling for yeast or sourdough. But then Jamie asked me on Facebook if I'd join in this time and I said yes if I can think of a recipe without yeast. After some thinking I remembered that I made an Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day (Seesh I have yet to blog about all the Goodies we had this year) and looked for a recipe to use for BBD. I found one here. I tweaked it a bit but here is the result:
Irish Soda Bread
250 g spelt flour 125 g rice flour 15 g baking powder 65 g white sugar 6 g salt 5 g baking soda 1 egg, lightly beaten 475 ml buttermilk 55 g butter, melted additionally: 1 handful dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 165 degrees C. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.
Irish Soda Bread
My thoughts: I liked it for breakfast, still a bit warm and with some butter on top. The baking soda gives an unusual taste to the bread, I still have to get used to it tho. Mr Q. did not like it at all, but that's ok, it is quite unusual in taste I have to admit. I like bread with yeast or sourdough way better tho...

Astrid 26.03.2009, 06.18| PL | einsortiert in:

Pane Francese

Pane Francese

This month's bread "Pane Francese"of the gorgeous Bread Baking Babes was a real challenge to me. For one it is yet again a free formed bread which I am afraid of... yes still afraid! Second I never worked with a "chef" before, never even heard of it... nso when I read the post at Sara's blog I like to cook who is serving as the Kitchen Babe of the Month I was not to thrilled to admit! But then... well there was no way to NOT bake the bread anyway so I dragged my lazy butt once again into the kitchen and out of my comfort zone... I baked this bread twice. Pane FranceseFor my first attempt I used my sourdough starter due to the lack of a "chef" (aka left over dough). It all went quite well, the dough was a charm to work with and smelled divine once I had it into the oven. But - the bread rather tore apart at the top and the bottom... It still was yummy and very sourdough-y in taste, but I had the feeling it was not really baked through in the middle... I guess is was because of my use of spelt I did not let it rise long enough before I finally baked it. Pane FranceseSo since I now had a chef in the fridge I decided to give it a second try. This time I let is rise longer before baking but it flattened quite and did not rise too much tho and the surface already tore while rising.... I was not pleased at all. The crumb is way better than the first attempt (a bit crumbly tho)... Well, it might all be due to the rye/spelt mixture or that I forgot to use rice flour to strenghten the spelt... *sigh* I liked the bread tho. I think I will make it again and maybe it will work out some time as designed... So along with my sourdoughs Sundance, Sally, Harry and Carl this Chef is now living happily in my frigde:

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For way better versions of this bread visit one (or all) of the wonderful Bread Baking Babes:

Bake My Day (Karen) | CanelaYComino (Gretchen) | Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn) | Grain Doe (Görel) | I Like to Cook (Sara) | Living In The Kitchen With Puppies (Natshaya) | Living on Bread and Water (Monique) | Lucullian Delights (Ilva) | Notitie van Lien (Lien) | The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick) | Thyme for Cooking (Katie) | My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna)

Thank you Babes for yet another interesting baking experience!

Astrid 24.03.2009, 07.12| PL | einsortiert in:

Silly Cats on Toosday...

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Astrid 24.03.2009, 06.44| (5/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Purring & Purraying for friends

Purring for Miz PetPurring for Miz Ann Purring for Miss Peach! We are purring and purraying for our furriends:
  • Miz Pet - Momma to the Bengal Brats -  still is not feeling well and has to have lots of yucky medicine and going back and forth to the human VETs.
  • Miz Ann - Momma to Maggie and Zoey from Zoolatry - is having four eye surgeries and needs all our good kitty mojo.
  • Miss Peach is facing surgery too. She hasta haf some teefs stolen and there is something with her tummie that hasta be removed too, some tumor or stuff.
We'll keep adding furriends ifn we hear about them needing purrs and purrayers...

Astrid 21.03.2009, 18.55| (5/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Uh, oh!

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If you want to know what happened click the picture above!

Astrid 21.03.2009, 14.45| (2/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Weekend Cat Blogging #198

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The above crime scene took place this morning. Momma was working on the puter in the puter room when suddenly there was loud hissing and fussing heard from the living room... followed by a big BOOOM ... when she came running into the living room she saw this scene shown above... So what happened and whokitty dunnit?

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Let's begin with one innocent kitty: Othello was peacefully sleeping in is new favoritest sleeping basket in the puter room with Momma...

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This one kitty named Kashim was checking out the mess after the BIIIG BOOOM! Before he was seen sleeping on top of the now fallen down cat tree. We should ask Secret Agent 007.5 what he thinks about the innocence of this certain kitty...

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...and then there is some very guilty looking kitty hiding behind the curtains...  this little kitty was seen in the living room before the BIIIG BOOOOM too. Do you think she might have something to do with the fallen cat tree and the BIIIG BOOOOOM One thing is for sure: Momma is very MAAAAD and Othello is very innocent... the other two ... well we are nit so sure.... ;o) For more kitty fun or crimes please look here:

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Apart from all that we are purring for our dear friend Miss Peach! She is having surgery on April 14th and since she is an older kitty girl it is sacring and a bit dangerous to have surgery. She ahs a bad ear infection too on both ears so hears is really not feeling very well. Please keep her in your purrayers too, will you?

Astrid 21.03.2009, 13.21| PL | einsortiert in:

Blog-Event XLIV - Mandeln

Blog-Event XLIV - Mandeln (Einsendeschluss 15. April) Click Banner for more information! (Event is in German)

Astrid 21.03.2009, 07.50| PL | einsortiert in:

Happy St.Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Astrid 17.03.2009, 15.47| (6/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Weekend Herb Blogging #174 - Recap

WHB #174 Welcome to Weekend Herb Blogging! I am honored to host this weekend. Thanks to Haalo for giving me this opportunity to serve all your yummy treats here on my blog! Since I am in Europe and came home really late yesterday I ran a little late with the round up, but here we go anyway :)
Next week your host will be: Yasmeen from Healthnut Send your posts to yasmeenhealthnut AT gmail DOT com Please include a photo sized: 350px wide soursopicecream Sarina Nicole from Trinidad made a delicious Soursop Ice cream. She adds some interesting information about this fruit too which is said to taste like strawberry and pineapple mixed together... sounds interesting to my tongue :)
Baked Ginger Soy Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf Wiffy from Singapore features Banana Leaf in her dish and makes Baked Ginger Soy Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf. Banana Leaf is very common in Asian cooking and makes a dish very interesting and presentable even for new cooks :)
lentilsoup275 Genie form Oakland makes soup: Quick lemony lentil soup! Like the title says its made quick and does not use many ingredients but it sure sounds yummy and worth a try even if you are not a soup lover like me!
488856130_ZoH6j-M Pam, whom I know and love from Weekend Cat Blogging, stepped on the sweet tooth and use two of my favorite ingredients for her Cranberry Rosemary Muffins. I even can imagine the smell of cranberries and rosemary together in one steaming little muffin :)
6a00d83451ef2569e2011168f29a3b970c-320wi Jerry from Ontario (Canada) made some delicious looking Fresh Spring Rolls. Mmmmh! He used Thai Basil as featured Herb. Jerry also has additional information on Thai Basil for us and even a link tip :) "[...]It has a more assertive taste than many other sweet basils. The herb has small leaves, purple stems and a subtle licorice or mint flavor[...]"
IMG_0425 Joanne from Boston (love that city!) made Sweet Potato and Refried Bean Pitas. I always love to cook with sweet potatos, although they are not too easy to buy here. It looks so tasty! And by the way Joanne, I envy you for going to a Dropkick Murphys concert *smile*
3355307015_4a84067637_o.jpg Haalo, the now leading Lady of WHB, made some delicious looking Baby Cos Lettuce Salad. Did you know that: Cos is also known as Romaine Lettuce and is a member of the Daisy family? Me neither! ;o) but that's what I love about WHB always learning new things!
body scrub 1 My friend Brii, from Valsorda (Italy) made a wonderful body scrub. Brii also shares some tips on using the scrub. If you love your friends give it away as gift (like Brii did) or use it all alone for yourself ;o) Oh and thanks for the kitty pics my friend!
P1110559 Cinzia from Bardolino (Italy) made Almond Brittle - another one for the sweet tooth like me ;o)) She says: Brittle is very popular in most fairs and country festivals, we always used to buy it at candies kiosks!
Now this concludes this week's WHB thanks to all of you for participating and those stopping by the recap. I hope you had fun reading and maybe we'll see each other next Sunday at Yasmeen's! For the Rules of WHB look here, for the Hosting Schedule look here! P.S. Since I had some problems with my mailbox I use for this domain during the past two weeks (which should be solved by now!), if your submission is not in this recap right now, please leave a short message in the comments below, 'CCause then I did not get it. I will add you as soon as possible tho! Thanks!!

Astrid 16.03.2009, 05.49| PL | einsortiert in:

Salome needs girl power!!

Girls, ME tells ya: I am one annoyed (I'd use some stronger words but they sure are on the bad werd list and I do not want Miss Daisy be mad at me for bad manners) little tabby girl! ME knows ME is the latest addition to the Vienna tabby household, but ME loves ma foodz and ME is NOT happy ifn ME brofurs go stealing ma foodz!! I have proofs! I'll show you:

Here ME is trying to defend ma foodz from the evil food sneaking brofurs!

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Here Othello is eating out of ME bowl!

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...and here is Kashim eating ME foodz:

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NO FAIR! huh?

ME even putted on ME furious lazer beams but ME hadded to hide in my super secret hidey spot just to be safe!!

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Girls ME needz yours help! How can I gets back MA FOODZ? Peee Ess:  We are so sorry we again haven't posted much. The Ladey's work puter broke on Thursday so she was annoyed and saided many werds from the bad werd list, then she wented to bisit her fambly and the new woofie brofur, when she camed home she was very very tired and felled asleep in front of the PC and TV. *seesh* So ME's sneeked in to make this post at least to let yous all know we is still alive... Peee Peee Ess: *winks* to a certain mancat hosting BKCfoC this weekend! *blush* *Hi Meowza!!*

Astrid 15.03.2009, 22.50| (10/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Beetroot-Feta Pasta

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Feta-beetroot tortellini Mrs Q. made some ridiculous yummy tortellini for last Tuesday's lunch at work. We had them just with butter and some salad. They really were great. Unfortunately I do not have the recipe she made them from but a soon as I get hold of it I will post it here. Thanks Mrs Q.!

Astrid 13.03.2009, 06.28| PL | einsortiert in:

Royal Crown's Tortano

Royal Crown's Tortano (Bread Baking Babes)

Aaaah yes, this bread really gave me a blast out of my comfort zone - though no sourdough was involved this time LOL

When I read the posts of several of the Babes talking about a very wet dough to work with and the bread should be baked without a pan I nearly panicked. You know bread without a pan never really works well with me... you'd say we are not made for each other.

But then... I WANTED to make this bread. Really! Badly!

So I kicked myself *youknowwhere* dragged myself into the kitchen and began to work  through Mary's post (Karen was serving as the kitchen of the month in February 2008).

Surprisingly once I got used to work with the very wet dough it went not too bad. I only boobooed once 'CCause I did not read Mary's instructions right and only realized after about 2 hours of fermenting, that I was supposed to turn the dough DURING the fermenting time NOT after 4 hours... so I panicked a little, freaked out and then began to turn the dough like Mary described:

Let it ferment until doubled in bulk and filled with large air bubbles, about 4 hours. Using plenty of dusting flour, turn the dough 4 times in 20 minute intervals, that is, after 20, 40, 60, and 80 minutes of fermenting, the leave the dough undisturbed for the remaining time.

I was very happy to see that somehow despite of my booboo the dough behaved surprisingly well, considered that I was working with spelt flour again...

Even the shaping process worked well... I only cut the last proofing period after the sahping wich should have been another 1 1/2 hours. Knowing that the spelt dough would not like this anyway... So After shaping I gave it another 25 minutes and tested if it  "slowly springs back when lightly pressed" - it did so off into the oven it went. :)

What should I  say? Like Mary said this bread has an incredible oven-spring! I never saw a bread proof that much in the oven. Oh and I only ended up with a belly-button too ;o) Aaaand it tastes heavenly and even after three days it is very tasty and yummy to eat (made it on Saturday and had the last slices with butter and jam this morning). Royal Crown's Tortano Royal Crown's Tortano

On a side note: My crumb does not have that big holes like the Babes described I guess it is due to my boobo-ing at the turning part... nevertheless I do not think it harmed the taste of the bread in any way...

Oh and of course I used spelt flour :) I also found out that adding a potato to the dough helps a lot with the issues I'd normally have with spelt flour and shaping, I think I will investigate a little more on this ...

Astrid 12.03.2009, 05.50| PL | einsortiert in:

Sullivan Street Potato Pizza

Sullivan Street Potato Pizza (Bread Baking Babes) Ok, maybe it is not the prettiest thing I've ever made but it sure was yummy. In this month's BBB post I told you that I missed out on making the first 3 of the BBB breads. Well now only one is left to bake... this weekend I made for lunch the Sullivan Street Potato Pizza (Tanna was hosting this round back in April 2008) and 'CCause I was short on bread anyway the Royal Crown Tortano (to be followed in tomorrows post). I liked it very much! As Sher stated in her post back then:

The underlying potatoes were creamy, almost like cheese, with delicate crisp slices on the top.
Lovely! The dough was incredibly wet to work with and I really doubted ti would work out well at first. But it developed (and behaved) quite well and bubbled like a winner. :) After digging through ALL the Babe's posts about this bread I got more comfortable and decided to just give it a go and see how it might work out in the end... Again - being the "alternative flour" buddy - I tweaked the ingredients a bit to be able to use spelt flour, here is what I did:

200 grams spelt flour 60 grams rice flour 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast 285 grams water 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Olive oil for pan

I'll definitely do this one again, maybe next time use less potato, add some garlic and other herbs in addition to rosemary and have it with some fresh grated Grana Padano or Pecorino right before serving ... *mmmmh drool*

Astrid 11.03.2009, 06.37| PL | einsortiert in:

Chicken wraps

Chicken wraps

It was G.'s turn to prepare food for our Lunch at work: Chicken wraps. What can I say? They were d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!

We found this recipe in one of my rare German cookbooks with lots of tips and recipes for a healthy heart.

Chicken wraps
150 gr low fat yoghurt 1 TB mustard pepper 280 gr boiled chicken breast, cubbed 40 gr iceberg lettuce (cut into stripes) 85 gr cucumber 2 celery stalks 85 gr grapes, halved 8 wheat tortillas (20cm) or 4 (25cm)
1. Mix yoghurt and Mustard, season with pepper. Add boiled cubbed chicken breast.  (Best to do it the day before and let rest in fridge overnight) 2. Mix icberg salad with cucumber, celery and grapes. 3. Wrap  tortilla and fill it  with veggies and chicken. 4. Enjoy! mmmmmmmh!

Astrid 10.03.2009, 17.44| PL | einsortiert in:

Weekend Herb Blogging #174

WHB #174

Wow! I am thrilled to be hosting Weekend Herb Blogging again! I have not been a part of WHB for quite a long time so it really feels very good to at least be hosting this wonderful event one more time and see all your yummy herb-y creations come in through the week!

Yall know the rules for WH, don't ya? If not please give them a quick check befor you send your entry by:

3pm Sunday - Utah Time 10pm Sunday - London Time 9am Monday - Melbourne (Aus) Time

Since I am in Austria which means it will be 11 pm at the deadline for submissions I will have an early round up ready on Sunday and the second part on Monday.

In your email please include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Name/URL
  • Your Post URL
  • Your featured herb/ingredient
  • Your Location
  • Attach a photo 400 px wide
Send your posts to foodblog AT paulchens DOT org - Thanks! If you have any problems sending your entry or any other questions please comment on this post and I will try to help you! I am looking forward to all your submissions! - Astrid

Astrid 09.03.2009, 07.10| PL | einsortiert in:

Weekend Cat Blogging #196

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Hi! it's me, Othello,  hosting Weekend Cat Blogging again!

For those of you who do not know WCB: If you want to join just leave a comment with your link in the comments section of this post and we will add you to the round up later this day and on Sunday.

I am looking forward to see all of you this weekend!

puurrrrs, Othello

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Since Momma went to sleep very early after she came home form her day hunting place I am a bit late with this post and Sir Tristan Tabbycat Longtail was a bit early and did not find ma WCB post *eyes Momma*

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Here is what he is been up to. Nice guy bringing home some foods from his hunting and sharing with his bean. Don't you think?

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Tummy alarm!!! Go here to see to whom this gorgeous tummy belongs. A true beauty, huh?

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What are Samantha and Mr Tigger up to? You should find out here. Our Florida furriends are always worth a visit!

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Talk with the back says Smudge this weekend! *nods* Right, sometimes you have to show the beans who is boss!

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What is it with human beans always sticking their flashy boxes into your faces? Vincent is right: One more and he is outa there...!

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There are nice cats at us for gatos. Helping with the dryer and letting the pug blog is a very nice thing don't you think?

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Kiki+Sunbathing+2

Fridolin at Rosa's is sunbathing. We envy you my friend not much sunbathing here lately!

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gree-booboo

Uh oh my darling wifeycat has a boo boo from a fierce fight with a mousie. Mom Robyn is keeping an eye on it and treating it with slime but I think I need to go and apply some kissies too for better healing!

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Our friend Diamond Emerald Eyes has some very interesting information about rats and mice. Go read hers Hunters guide to be sure you is not confuzzled.

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cece

Cece has worked on a furry impawtant duty: he has purrsonalized Mog's doormat with his furs. Nice kitty,huh?

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meowza

Meowza on the other hand was helping with the weeds - hjis way says Miz Mog. What a good kitty!  and hansum mancat says Sally! *Sally waves at Meowza*

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Some late runners (well at least for us 'CCause we are about 7 hours ahead of some of you)  came while we were sleeping, we are pleased you joined us tho:

eric and flynn

Eric and Flynn our furriends from Devon, UK are Cheysuli's Sunday Guest Stars cause they knew where she was on Find Chey Friday. *sigh* we never ever guess where she is...

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upstairs+077

Oh no! Daphne and Chloe gotted three years and we missed all the paty fun *gives a bad eye to Momma* Happy belated Bithday wishes to you young ladies!

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It was Squillion Day a few days ago. The Squillions at As The  Squillion World Spins are introducing themsleves.

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I think this concludes this edition of Weekend Cat Blogging. Thank you to all our friends who came by and joined us for the weekend.

Love, Otello

Next weekend WCB will take place at The Sourdough with Breadchick Maty and gorgeous LB!

Astrid 07.03.2009, 10.59| PL | einsortiert in:

Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast Muffins
1 apple 2 big carrot 100 gram whole-spelt flour 90 gram oat flour 80 gram brown sugar 3 TB maple syrup 1 tbs cinnamon 50 ml vegetable oil 75 ml milk 10 gr vanilla sugar 4 TB desiccated coconut flakes 50 gram dried cranberries 20 gram almond slivers 1 tbs baking powder 1 tbs baking soda 1 tbs salt 2 eggs
Grate carrots and apple finely. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a second bowl combine: Eggs, oil, milk. Whisk until smooth. Preheat oven to 180°C. Add dry ingredients to egg-milk-oil mixture. Add apple and carrot grates and cranberries. (batter is very wet!) Pour into muffin forms (2/3 full) and bake for about 25 minutes. This makes about 18 smallish Muffins.
Our thoughts: we had them for breakfast, they are very yummy, moist and not too sweet but sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth ;o)

Astrid 27.02.2009, 06.30| PL | einsortiert in:

Upset and angry

Momma Astrid here: I am so sorry and have to apologize to all of you. I just today realized that there was something wrong with the email address catboys@paulchens.org which is the main email address of the cats we are communicating with.... As it seems we did not receive ANY mails from early September last year to today. so if you wrote to us and we did not reply it was not because we did not want to but because we did not know you wrote!! You all must have thought we were very rude not to respond to seasons greetings and valentines mails and mails you sent to us. :((( Right now I feel very bummed and am working trough 800++ mails I am downloading them right now. The thing is I did not get any error message nor did any of the senders get error messages - so I just did not realize that we didn't get your mails. I am so sorry! I have been working with my administrator go get everything straight again. So please, please if you send an email to us and I do NOT respond within at least 1 or 2 days let us know. I seldom take longer than two days to answer IF I have a chance to get the mail! I will work on all the emails and have started to reply but it will take some time. Please all of you feel hugged and kissed for all the lovely season greetings and valentines mails! I also will work on the M-Cats Club Badges and load them up by Sunday evening. I am so so sorry it took so long for some mancats to get their badge. Please bear with me a little longer! hugs and love to all of you Astrid

Astrid 26.02.2009, 22.20| (13/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Thirteen Things about our new brofur

Ben

We are doing  Thursday Thirteen about our new woofie brofur (?) BEN today.

  1. He is 10 weeks now
  2. He is a German Shepard
  3. He will be a biiiig woofie when he is all grown up
  4. He lives wif our uncle, Gramlady and Gramps.
  5. We have not yet met him.
  6. He has huuuuge paws.
  7. He is still a puppy and needs to learn lots of fings
  8. Gramps says he does not like riding in the car, he always hasta throw up then...
  9. He joined our family on Sunday 24th
  10. His mum and dad live on the farm where he was born.
  11. He likes to chew on stuff (and hands).
  12. He feels a bit lonely wifout his mummy and his littermates
  13. He does not like walking...
Momma says we will meet him soon, so he knows we is allowed to be at Gramps house too and so that we get used to each other. We is a little scared. We've never met a woofie in person 'CCept at the VET and we did not like them there. Momma is worried hopw to introduce him to us and how we will react. We is not sure either... Any good suggestions or advices anyone?

Astrid 26.02.2009, 08.43| (8/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in:

Herring salad

Herring Salad

In Austria (at least where I come from) you'd traditionally eat herring salad on Ash Wednesday. So for yesterday's lunch at work I made this salad following a basic family recipe.

700 gram potatoes (boiled and cubbed) 6 TB vinegar 4-5 gherkins 1 TB caper 400 gram pickled herrings salt, pepper and sugar 250 gram sour cream 200 gram white beans (1 small can) 1 apple 1 big onion 3 TB olive oil
The day before you want to eat the salad cut all ingredients to smallish pieces, combine them in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and vinegar and put it in the fridge over night. The next morning, stir through the salad, add the olive oil and season to taste with sugar (to compensate the salty taste of the herrings). Stir well and serve with soft white bread rolls or baguette. My Mom would add 1 or two tablespoons of mayonnaise as well. We went for the healthier version and left it out. ;o) It was yummy tho and I liked it Mrs Q. and G. approved too I think...

Astrid 26.02.2009, 06.49| PL | einsortiert in:

Wordless Wednesday - Thank you for the cake!

ww One of my birthday presents was this very very yummy birthday cake. Thank you Mrs Q.!

Astrid 25.02.2009, 03.14| PL | einsortiert in:

Five-Grain Bread with Walnuts

Last year back in May I think, when my dear friend Sher was serving as the Kitchen of the Month I discovered the gorgeous bunch of bread baking ladies who called themselves Bread Baking Babes. I was stroken by the name and their breads from the very first moment. I emailed with Sher and she made me promise to step out of my comfort zone and just give it a try. I was not a very convinced and experienced bread baker by then. Tho I recently had discovered the fun of bread baking but thought I could not do the heavenly complicated breads the Babes were making. She encouraged me and ever since I kept my promise and gave the breads a chance. Not everything went smooth but I also experienced how nice and helpful all of the Babes are. Always there with encouraging comments and helpful tips if needed.

So I made:

BBB Poilane-Style Miche in May 2008 Dark Onion Rye in June 2008 COUNTRY-STYLE WHOLE-WHEAT PITA in August 2008 Sûkerbôlle - Sugarbread in September 2008 Challa in October 2008 Rosendals knäckebröd in November 2008 Yule Wreath in December 2008 Croissants in January 2009 I missed the first 3 ones tho,... maybe I will give them a go some time... Those were: Royal Crown Tortano in February 2008 Coccodrillo in March 2008 Sullivan Street Potato Pizza in April 2008 Sadly we all lost our good friend Sher last year and still miss her and another Babe left a hole when Glenna decided to opt out...

Now I read that 2 brand new Babes joined the circle to complete the circle of powersome B-12:  Gretchen of CanelaYComino and Natashya of LivingInTheKitchenWithPuppies.

Congratulations Babes to your first Anniversary!

But now back to bread baking, huh?

This month's Kitchen of the Month Babe is Tanna and she chose a Five-Grain Bread with Walnuts. For the original recipe please read here at her blog.

BBB 02/09

Here are my tweaks:

27 grams fresh yeast ¼ cup warm water

3 cups water, room temperature 500 grams spelt flour 125 grams oat flour 125 grams rye flour 125 grams whole-spelt flour 125 grams rice flour 1 tablespoon salt

300 gram walnuts and almonds (as I did not have enough walnuts on hand)

I followed the instructions given by Tanna. Surprisingly the bread was made in no time and turned out to be really really yummy. The slight hint of walnuts and almonds is perfect and I like it best a bit toasted and then only with some butter on top (some fine slices of Cheddar are ok too)... Mmmmmmh delish!

DSC05867 The first rise however was very quick and motivated as you can see in the picture. It took a little less than an hour for the dough to double. It was incredibly sticky to work with tho.

Maybe this - again - i due to the lack of wheat 'CCause I substituted all the Wheat flour to spelt as usual... I experienced that spelt seems to need more water but lesser rising times. I think although there is rice flour in the original recipe I should try higher amount of rice flour next time. Should make the dough a bit more easy to work with... Need to test this thought *makes note*

Since my parents were here this Saturday I gave them my second loaf to taste test and they liked it too. Half of their loaf was gone after their dinner on Saturday...

Again I am not disappointed by a BBB Bread... this one is a keeper!

Speaking of the Babes, here they are:

Bake My Day (Karen) | CanelaYComino  (Gretchen) | Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn) | Grain Doe (Görel) | I Like to Cook (Sara) | Living In The Kitchen With Puppies  (Natshaya) | Living on Bread and Water (Monique) | Lucullian Delights (Ilva) | Notitie van Lien (Lien) | The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick) | Thyme for Cooking (Katie) | My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna)

Astrid 24.02.2009, 16.58| PL | einsortiert in:

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