Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Semolina Bread

I was all wrapped up following the election last night, so sorry about the lack of a post. I am able to vote in Ohio, and as an American historian I was extremely interested in the outcome. Plus, whatever happens in the U.S. has an impact on us here in Canada. I was also reminded that while we Canadians often pride ourselves in our diversity and in thinking we are more liberal-minded than our neighbours to the South, we have yet to elect a person of colour as Prime Minister. We have had only one female PM (for four months, when Brian Mulroney quit), but she was soon defeated in the 1993 election. Our latest election was almost entirely a slate of white guys.

I am busy with the bakery tonight, so just a small post about a failed bread recipe. I thought I would experiment with a semolina yeast bread to go with some pumpkin soup. The end result was nice and soft but far too dry, I thought. The crust sucked all the moisture from your mouth, and the next day the loaf was pretty hard. I shan't be making it again.

Back tomorrow with another great Indian recipe.


carrie said...

Wow, hard to tell from your photo that this was a failure, that loaf of bread looks perfect to me.

I hope you got your chance to vote...congrats to Ohio for going for Obama. I'm from Indiana and this is the first time in 34 years that our state had gone for the Democrat. I have a renewed since of pride in my state today!!

Amy said...

Same here in Belgium - although diversity is starting to trickle up to higher levels of government. I vote in Georgia and followed the election with intense interest!

avegancalledbacon said...

thecatofstripes made a semolina bread the other day that looked awesome

Deb Schiff said...

Hey Vegan Dad,
Thanks for your thoughts on the election. It is truly an amazing time to be alive and voting. Unfortunately, it was a bittersweet victory as the gay marriage ban passed in three states at the same time. While I'm not gay, and have enjoyed the privilege of being married, it bothers me immensely that my gay friends don't get to enjoy the same privilege where they live. Someday, maybe folks will stop telling others how to live and move on.
In the meantime, I'll focus on this historic victory for people of color.

Candice said...

Hey, Vegan Dad! It was a good day to be an American on Tuesday, I think. Still, my family is originally from Canada, and I gotta say, it's a beautiful country!

Anyway, your recipes always look amazing -- I am envious of how much time you have to cook. I'm often too tired after work to do anything. You are a real inspiration.

Your friend in D.C.,


Kelly said...

That's too bad that the loaf turned out dry. The picture makes it look quite moist and the crust is beautiful. I am very proud to be an American right now. I am just wishing that Prop 8 had not passed in California so November 4 could have been a day of equality all around.

in2insight said...

Oh, I just have to remind you, that yes, Canada has not elected a person of color, nor a woman, to PM position, but you are still far more liberal and open minded then us-
National health care ring a bell?
Most provinces have allowed gay marriage?
We are SO behind you and Europe it's not even funny...

And yes, the bread looks good too! :)

h2ocolor said...

My friend gave me this NY Times recipe and I LOVE it. And was delighted when I found out it was vegan! The only thing is that you need a bid cast iron pot with a lid (Le Creuset or a camping pot). I experimented with the recipe a lot. I find that putting no more than 1/3 whole wheat flour is best, otherwise it does not rise very well. and throwing in 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary is great or a few handfuls of whole amaranth grain.


The recipe:

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Bianca said...

Oh, I love the word "shan't"...such an under-used contraction! At least the bread looks pretty!

mom said...

These are exciting times - what a privilege to be part of a major historical turning point for the U.S.

Holly said...

We may not have elected a person of colour or a woman for prime minister, but our country is almost 100 years younger than the U.S. And something tells me that it won't take us another 100 years to have more equality in our parliament.