Tag Archives: herbs

potted herbs > packaged herbs

mintI’ve come to a revelation– I hope to never buy herbs again in the grocery store!  This reality goes far beyond any sort of farm-to-table philosophy and straight into my pocket, I decided I will grow all the herbs in my own garden from now on, so they will be more natural and healthy, I even get the best trimmer from http://thegardeninghub.com/reviews/top-hedge-trimmers/ just for this. So take note:

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Each of these plants cost no more than 3 bucks.  In the grocery store where the herbs will probably die in like 3 days anyways?  One buck less.  And they don’t keep having little herb babies.

Buy your own herb pots!  Even if you have no garden (I surely do not have enough moolaw to afford a garden in this urban landscape) simply keep a few pots of choice in your kitchen next to the window.  These lovelies reproduce more quickly than rabbits.  …which is why I don’t feel bad using the baby leaves to top my tartines with my teff bread.

plated tartine herb

buckwheat herb focaccia loaf

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Having an hour commute each way to my day of cooking in Paris has been enlightening in many ways: I have a daily moving catalogue of a variety of fashion blogs, intense lessons in how not to make eye contact, and the opportunity to catch up on some reading.  A favorite and relevant find has been this little number by New Yorker Rosecrans Baldwin “Paris I Love You, but You’re Bringing Me Down”.

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Now that LCD Soundsystem is probably stuck in your head (my apologies), and the reason this brings me to bread is that the gluten-free loafs here simply do not compare to the marvels that are created daily back in the States.  (Happy Campers in Portland Oregon, Mariposa Baking Company in San Francisco, Risotteria NYC, New Cascadia Portland, and even Food For Life in plastic bags nationwide, to name a few.)  Paris, I do love you, but when it comes to GF bread, you really do bring me down.

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Fortunately the flour in the bread in France is naturally lower in gluten, so if you just have a sensitivity, you can “push your luck” sometimes and end up with a four-leaf clover.  However, for those who have overdosed on that luck pushing, or just want a really tasty loaf of bread, this experiment proved so fruitful it would be a shame to keep in my tiny studio kitchen alone.

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buckwheat herb loaf

Serves 1 loaf
Prep time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 45 minutes
Dietary Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Bread, Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 3 tbs. buckwheat flour (plus a few more tablespoons for dusting the pan)
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot flour
  • 3 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • 9g dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (not boiling, or it will kill the yeast, but not cold, or it will not activate the yeast!)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary (chopped)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • a few pinch flaked sea salt for the top of the loaf

Directions

Step 1 In large bowl, mix flours, yeast, and sugar with a whisk.  Add water, and stir with a spoon or paddle attachment of electronic mixer on low speed for 2 minutes.  Add honey, salt, thyme, sage, and rosemary.  Mix for another 8 minutes, until dough starts to hold.  Set aside as you gently oil and dust a deep 8”x8” bread pan, or any other size loaf you want.  Fill no more than half way full, as this dough will rise.
Step 2 Spatula the dough into the prepared mold, cover the pan with a damp cloth not touching the dough, and let rise 1 1/2 hours room temperature.

Step 3 Pre-heat oven to 410 degrees Fahrenheit (210 Celcius). Very gently brush the bread with oil, and sprinkle with oregano and sea salt. Cover again, and set the bread to rise next to a hot surface for 20-30 minutes.
Step 4 Bake for 5 minutes, rotate, and bake for another 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to 360 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celcius) and bake another 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 C) to finish bread, cooking for another 10 minutes or so, until inserted pairing knife or wooden skewer comes out basically clean (some moist crumbs, but nothing sticky).
Step 5 Remove, let cool 2 minutes before running a knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the bread.  Remove the base by sticking a spatula under the loaf, let sit a few minutes before serving.