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Re-Post: Natural Yeast


Here is a flash back to 2014’s post on using natural yeast. I hope you enjoy it again!
Hi!  I am so excited to share something new with you!  New to me, maybe new to you too…first a little background:
 Three years ago this fall I took drastic measures.  I came to grips with the fact that gluten was hard on me and decided it was time to give it up.  It was a HUGE change, one that challenged me to tears on and off through the first few months. As many of you know, it is quite a shift to change your diet that drastically! Our family had made this change before, years ago,  when we (I, the girl in charge of food) cut out gluten and dairy after I attended an autism conference and learned about the possibility of such a diet helping our son.  It wasn’t easy then either, but only lasted the summer.  This time it was me who needed the help.  Thankfully, eating a gluten-free diet made a huge difference in my health within just two weeks!

Fast forward to last month when a friend of mine asked if I had ever heard of natural yeast.  I hadn’t.  I immediately went to town reading up on it.  What I discovered is that like a traditional sour dough starter, natural yeast dramatically changes the chemistry of regular wheat when it is combined with water and kept in a cool place. Ooooo.  The more I read the more interested I became.  I believe that there are ways to prepare foods that are much easier for us to digest, and culturing is one of the major tools we use to accomplish that. Could this work for me I wondered? Me, eating wheat again? Eating waffles again?  And toast and sandwiches….It was a heady thought.

After reading Caleb Warnock’s blog on natural yeast, I determined that I wanted to find out if I might be one of the people with an intolerance or celiac who might be able to use wheat prepared in this way.  Shortly after that decision was reached, my friend called again and asked what I had learned.  When I said that I wanted to try it she surprised me by saying that she had a start for me and that her daughter had baked a loaf of bread for me to try!  (I owe you Pam Thomson!) I was so hopeful that I would be able to graduate from pasty starchy gluten free “bread” but mostly to be able to get the nutrients in the seeds and grains that I have felt I’ve been missing.  I decided to try it….

(Note: We are each responsible for our own health decisions.  What works for one may not be a good option for someone else.  Caleb suggests that you take some of this bread to your doctor to lab test it and see if it is something you could tolerate if you are concerned about getting sick. For some, better safe than sorry.) I personally went with a “gut feeling” that it was ok for me to try it carefully and slowly. It was great to eat bread again.  I ordered the book!

I can’t say enough about the quality and thoroughness of this book by Melissa Richardson and Caleb Warnock. (Melissa’s Facebook page is fantastic stuff there!)  The book is a delight in so many ways; the writing is witty and real, the pictures are beautiful and instructive and the recipes are tasty and healthy.
 Can’t ask more from a cookbook than that can you?

Over the past few months, I have devoured the principles in the book and tried the recipes, created some of my own recipes and of course learned to keep my starts going. The actual hands-on time this kind of baking requires is minimal, it’s the thinking about what you want to make a day ahead that is a little tricky.  I have baked bread, made many different kinds of pancakes and waffles (which are crispy and light and taste a bit like a funnel cake), an amazing chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls.

Holy cow!  It is so much fun to create and to try new things!  I have been tweaking the sugars (another difficulty for me, maybe you can relate) and have found that natural sweeteners work well in these recipes. For instance, in the chocolate cake, I used sucanat and agave in place of white sugar which made the cake sweet, but calmly so.  It certainly takes time, when shifting to a whole foods diet, to untrain your taste buds to expect sweeteners on steroids, but this brand of baking sure helps.  You eat a piece of chocolate cake made with natural yeast and natural sugar and wait for the blood sugar spike…..and wait…..and it doesn’t come!  And that may mean that diabetes won’t come knocking either!

 Fresh garden tomato
Fresh basil
Toasted natural yeast bread
Mustard/mayo/basil pesto spread
“Mammy’s Bread” recipe by Melissa Richardson
We think this cake tastes divine!  And wow, it’s just so pretty!!!

Please let me know if there is some way that I can help you get started cooking with natural yeast if you are interested. I have only scratched the surface of what there is to learn about this here, so please continue to read on the author’s blogs.  They are amazing.

Hey!  I can share a start!  (8 starts went out of my fridge last night for cooking class! Hoorah!)

Happy eating!


A New Salad!


Hi! I hope you’re having a good Thursday.

This is the salad I ate for lunch and it was SO good! It’s extremely easy to make and so filling that it would be a wonderful dinner option too!

Put a few cups of greens in a bowl. {Super helpful if your greens are already washed and torn in a glass bowl with a tight fitting lid in the fridge. Today my bowl had half spinach and half leaf lettuce.}

Then just layer the greens with: diced avocado, gouda cheese, cherry tomatoes and cooked, shredded chicken. {I had leftover chicken that had been cooked with Italian seasonings and fresh rosemary.}

For the dressing: melt 1 Tablespoon bacon drippings in a skillet, then add
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar and
2 cloves of garlic, minced.

Heat it for less than a minute and pour over your salad.

Lastly, I sprinkled it all with smoked paprika. Voila!

The flavor of the dressing is rich yet subtle and sets off the flavor of the cheese, chicken and avocado so beautifully.

I hope you will give it a try and then experiment with other herbs, spices, cheeses, vegetables and meat.

Life is way too short to eat the same things over and over and over!

Love to you today.


More Food Ideas


Are food ideas helpful to you? This was a very tasty lunch today, so I thought I’d share.

Green Chili Omelette:
10 eggs, whisked together
2 small cans chopped green chili’s
1/2 cup grated cheddar or pepper jack cheese
2 Tbs sliced green onions
1 diced tomato

Cook bacon; then set it aside but leave a few tablespoons of the drippings in your skillet.

Add the eggs. Spoon green chili’s evenly over the eggs, cover with a lid and cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add cheese, onions and tomatoes. Cover again until eggs are cooked through.

Avocado is diced and sprinkled with smoked paprika and Real salt.

Bacon is Hormel Natural Choice, (no preservatives) available at WalMart.

I hope you are well and enjoying your cooking journey as much as you possibly can!





It’s a little honey, coconut oil and blueberries…

Followed by warm oatmeal…

Then stirred and topped with milk.

How are your breakfasts going? Don’t forget that your kids need healthy fats in their diet!

Avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, olives, high quality eggs and fish and butter. {The trouble starts when you add a lot of sugar to that fat, so I’m not recommending that!}

Be well!



Sauerkraut 101


Posted by Jenny Sullivan on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

This girl has it down!

And I tried her method and it works! I’m so happy to be eating raw, probiotic-rich sauerkraut!

It’s tasty on sandwiches, tacos, fish, eggs, steamed greens, with mashed potatoes or just by itself!

I hope this inspires you as much as it inspired me. Thank you Jenny!