So yesterday was the first day of my foodie challenge and, I'll be honest, I did spend A Lot of time in the kitchen. But it was raining all day so I didn't mind.
The first thing I wanted to do was make my own flour so I could bake bread. I got some spelt grain and slowly ran it through the grinding function on my juicer. My juicer is one of my only kitchen gadgets. It's a Matstone so it can do lots of things beside juicing. I usually use it for grinding almonds into almond meal but on this occasion it worked well for spelt grain. It took a long time as I had to run it through the machine several times as it was very very course initially. However, once it was all run through and I had seived it it was much better. I tried not to remove too much of the husk but some of it did have to go otherwise I think anything made with it would have been very tough.
Once I had made the flour I then made a small loaf of bread. I was worried the flour would not rise well but I needn't have worried. It rose really well and apart from being a smaller loaf and flstter than usual really just because I had less dough, the texture was really good and it tasted really good!
I then set about making my own butter. I have done this before so sort of knew what I was doing. Apart from being a bit greasy the experience was fun and I ended up with a good sized pat of local, organic, handmade butter.
I had some flour left over and dh requested scones. Because I don't use sugar I replaced it with honey and raisins giving the scones a looser texture. They didn't rise quite as well and were quite crumbly but they tasted delicious. I saved some of the cream from butter making and also made some 'jam' by gently cooking a chopped plum with a little honey. So we had our own version of a cream tea in the afternoon.
I also made a simple sweet potato, lentil and veggie soup which was very nice and we had eggs on toast.
I have told dh that today's menu will be a more simple affair as I am hoping to get down the allotment before the rain starts again!