Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Toothy-Grainy Brown Bread

When I said that I made a toothy bread and forecasted this post, I was asked -repeatedly- "what's a toothy bread?" It never even occurred to me that toothy would not immediately give images of a wonderful chewy, sink your teeth into it, dense, grainy bread. I mean, come on... why wouldn't you immediately follow that thought process?? 

I can't quite recall where I first heard the word "toothy" in relation to a bread of this sort but it was so apt, in my opinion, that I can't quite replace it.

Anyway, this whole bread-making escapade began when I was trying to figure out breakfast this past weekend. I've made bread and buns (cinnamon, mostly), so it wasn't a whole new path... but I wanted to make a nice, yes, toothy bread to have Eggies and Toast. I had no bread... I was sick and miserable... and winter had descended upon our fair city, so leaving my house seemed like an epic feat. I scanned the cupboard and saw that I had two packets of quick rise yeast. 

This is where you tell me that I'm crazy... when making bread seems to me to require less effort than taking the five minute journey to the market for a ready-to-eat, fresh made loaf. To which, I respond with, it doesn't require nearly the effort that you would think and that the smell of fresh baking (hell, even rising), bread perfuming your house makes it infinitely justifiable. Further, I abhor the cold and anything that I can do without leaving my house in a parka-scarf-mitts-hat-boots-combo (for something as simple as bread) will always be the easier option than the trek.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

wannafoodie at the Christmas Craft Sale!

In the few and far between free moments that I have had, I have been frantically baking and preparing for an annual Christmas Craft Sale. This Christmas Craft Sale is held over a Friday and Saturday in November in a lovely home in St Albert. And it just so happens that this sale is THIS WEEKEND!

(Pictured: wannafoodie doggie biscuits and training treats)

Here is a preview of some of the items that I will be selling at the Christmas Craft Sale (shared through the wannafoodie facebook page)! UPDATE: I just got home from the first phase of set-up and added photos of many of the other sale items. Even more items are to be added this morning! This really just 'isn't your typical craft sale,' as coined by Suz.

If you live in the Edmonton area, please do check out this sale. There are a great many talented artisans selling everything from crafted felt iPod holders to ceramics to crocheted wares to beautiful cards to natural cleaning products to jellies to beverage mixes and on and on and on and on... There is so much and it is all made by local craftspeople. Some items sell out on the first day, so try to be quick on the draw!

Here are the details:
Christmas Craft and Bake Sale
(click here for the facebook event and share with your friends!)
Friday, November 12, 2010 from 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 10:00am - 6:00pm

Located at 72 Greer Crescent in St Albert.
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