Friday, March 2, 2012

Of Bread And Bubbles

This past Wednesday my order of wheat berries arrived and I am so thrilled to be back in fresh-ground flour bread makin' business!! My first experience with ordering wheat berries I ordered Hard White Wheat. This time I ordered 50 lbs. of Hard White Wheat and 45 lbs. of Soft White Wheat. The hard white is supposed to be better for bread, and the soft white better for pastries. I used the hard white in cakes, cookies, muffins and so on, liking it just fine, but I'm eager to see if the soft white makes a difference.

As the new baby hasn't come yet, I have to keep making bread to keep my freezer stash supplied. We go through bread so quickly sometimes I'm not sure if I'm keeping up with my supply for after baby comes or just using it up!! Today was an overcast morning and then rainy afternoon, and my bread turned out beautifully! I was a little worried that maybe I would have lost my "touch" (ha!) as it's been a few weeks since I ran out of wheat berries. I was happy to turn out three loaves of nice, well-risen, good textured bread.

One of Susannah's thrills is helping me grind the "fow-er." Today when I mentioned bread she pointed to the mixer and jabbered something about fow-er, then pointed to the mill (which is in the opposite corner of my kitchen counter).

She likes to watch the wheat berries run down in the hopper on the mill :) As it nears the end, I do put the lid on in case any of the berries go flying as I don't want them to hit her or me.

I asked her to say "cheese" and instead she said "fow-er!"

This morning she also helped me wash up the few dirty dishes that didn't go in the dishwasher. She loves to put things into the dish-water for me, and I have to monitor closely that she doesn't put in something that doesn't go in water OR something I'm not ready for yet (I am a little picky about my dish-washing order! :) ).

After I finished, I drained the water but didn't rinse down the sink like I usually do. Pretty soon, she had the measuring spoon drawer open and had gotten out every single measuring spoon to scoop soap bubbles out of the sink and onto the counter!

Even though I am very eager for our baby to be born, I am reminding myself to enjoy these times with Susannah while she is the "only" child and I can give her my undivided attention :)


Sally said... [Reply to comment]

This is so cute! You are also so right to enjoy these last days with Susannah as an only child. I can imagine doing things like this (washing dishes together) with Paul, before anyone else was born, but now-a-days, uh, well, they play with each other and I wash the dishes by myself, and that suits me just fine! If one of them was up there, I think all of them would be asking to be up at the sink with me.

Michelle F. said... [Reply to comment]

I just purchased a Nutrimill. Haven't purchased my wheat yet and am trying to decide if I want both hard white and soft white wheat. Where do you purchase your wheat from and what brand? I have a local bulk food store that can order Wheat Montana for me.

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]

@Michelle F. I purchase my wheat from They have a delivery coop that includes my area so I don't have to pay as much S&H for the large bags or buckets of berries. I am not sure of the brand, but I have heard of Wheat Montana. I don't know much about wheat, brands and "where to buy" stuff. I ask a friend of mine who grinds her own flour and just copy what she does. ;)

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

When I grow up I want to make bread from fresh wheat. I will have to learn all the tricks; I am still struggling to regain the "touch" after not having made any yeast bread for years. Funny how the "touch" issue is so true!