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Threshing my home-grown oats.
Diving into oats, historically, culturally, nutritionally and culinarily is connecting me to my ancestors in such a beautiful way.
See how small (and beautiful) my harvest is?!
I haven’t used my oats yet…you know when something is so precious, you just can’t bring yourself to?!!
What shall I do with them?!
The Weston A. Price Foundation published my article So Much More Than Scottish Porridge: The Rich Culinary History of British Oats in the Winter 2023 edition of their journal Wise Traditions. It is an exploratory dive into the wonderful legacy of … Read More
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Sowans is a traditional Scottish fermentation that wild ferments the oat grain, producing a smooth, creamy, zingy and super-nutritious porridge and I absolutely love it. When I love something, I also love to share it! And sharing my Sowans technique … Read More
Toad-in-the-Hole is an English dish that combines the gloriousness that is sausages with the deliciousness of a crispy, bready surrounding. It is filling and comforting. I love it. Traditionally, it is made with a white flour batter. Being a Toad-in-the-Hole … Read More
Don’t you just love soda bread? It’s density, its moreishness, its cakiness, its simplicity. The only downside, in the past, for me, was that the flour wasn’t pre-fermented or pre-soaked, and I know that means less nutrients available for my … Read More
“How do I use different ancient grains in making sourdough bread?” “How do they behave differently from wheat?” “How do I freeze and store dough or finished bread?” “And why do all those loaves on Instagram look like THAT, and mine looks like THIS?” All these questions and many more crop up when we discuss sourdough bread.… Read More