Category: Recipes and Food

DYI Organic Bread Recipe

Organic, Fresh, Preservative Free!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1/3 cup organic honey
  • 5 cups organic bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons organic butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 3 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
  2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely

Buy ingredients online!

Hodgson Mill Organic Flour

Organic Honey

Organic at Wal-Mart? It is possible!

Buying organic can be a challenge depending on where you are in the world. In Louisiana, it can be especially challenging due to our easy, relaxed culture and our fabulously fatty cuisine.  It’s delicious but increases the waistline and the cholesterol levels. As far as I know, there is only one ‘Whole Foods’ in Baton Rouge and for those familiar with the city, the traffic can be extreme. I only venture if I have to.

I’ve challenged myself to find good quality, organic brands at Wal-Mart that I can use to feed my family. I refuse to consume products with rBGH because the health risks are enormous. If you are not familiar with this synthetic Monsanto hormone I will post a short clip you can watch here. If the food is organic, this harmful hormone is never used.

I do not like shopping at Wal-Mart, but I know that some people don’t have access to a ‘farmer’s market’ or ‘Whole Foods’. For me, Wal-Mart is easily accessible and convenient. It is limited when it comes to organic choices but there is a selection available that can be used to base your meal plan. That alone is important.

There are plenty more items I could have taken a picture of. I’ve found organic Heinz ketchup, breakfast cereal, granola bars, pasta, fruit drinks, salad dressing (which can be found around the fresh vegetables), and several others. My point is, it is possible to find and the extra cost IS WORTH IT! Your health IS WORTH IT!

I sincerely hope you find this article useful. I wish more people understood the health implications from constant pesticide and hormone dosage pumped into you body every meal, every snack, every drink, every day.

Who Owns What – Food/Household Items Edition

Every once in a while I will buy an item from the store and wonder where it originated. Just who owns it and is it really safe? Below is a flow chart that tells you where most things you buy from the store comes from. It pays to ask questions because you never know the truth until you dig a little.

What’s Been Growin’ On!?

SInce I’ve become really particular about the foods I eat, I’ve decided to grow my own garden. Not just any garden but a BIG one. This has taken up a lot of my time and energy so I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I’m also very involved in my community and am on the Board of Directors for a local environmental organization called, The Bayou Manchac Group.

Needless to say; I’ve been extremely stretched for time. My next few post are going to be all about Non-GMO, organic gardening. I feel like beauty has to start from the inside. Getting the inside healthy displays on the outside. The vegetables and fruits I’m growing are:

Tomatos (all heirloom and a dozen varieties)

Peppers (from hot to mild) Banana peppers all the way to Bhut Jolokia

Huckelberry

Black berry

Blueberry

Corn

Snap beans (pole and bush)

Peas

Watermelon

Cantalope

Pumpkin

Squash

Cucumber

Zucchini

Herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, chives and more)

I’ll post more photos in the days to follow. If you are interested, I bought my seeds from 2 OUTSTANDING companies. The first is www.rareseeds.com and the other is www.mypatriotsupply.com

They both sell fantastic products, great seeds and better yet, Non-GMO! You just can’t beat that!

Whole Food Organics from China?

A few days ago I read a comment on a forum from an unhappy customer that purchased a brand from Whole Foods named Village Grown Organics. This brand advertises “Seed to Table” healthy and organic living at its finest. In the forum, this unhappy customer noted that the back side of the package stated in fine print, “grown in China.” This is the company logo: You might have seen it before.

Their website doesn’t mention anything about outsourcing their farming in China and other counties until you view the FAQ page. Click it to view for yourself. I have contacted the company directly and have not been contacted back. I did however send Whole Foods an email to notify them that they were purchasing products that were considered USDA Organic and it is product of China. It doesn’t make good economic sense to outsource seeds, then have the product shipped back to the US 7000 miles away for our citizens to consume.

I received an email back from Whole Foods and apparently this is not anything new. They actually have been doing this quite a bit for a long time. The email response:

Hello Mandy,

Thank you for investigating your concerns. As of the summer of 2010, we are no longer sourcing any of our Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value frozen vegetables from China EXCEPT for frozen edamame (shelled and unshelled, organic and conventional). We want to be clear that we didn’t stop sourcing from China because of quality or food safety concerns. Our move to other sources is a business decision. We were simply able to find several suppliers in other countries, including the U.S., that offered the same or better quality at better prices. We are still selling bulk products and branded products that may come from China.

We have always had great confidence in our vendor partners in China, and we have taken great steps to verify that those suppliers have the same level of integrity and commitment to quality as the rest of our partners across the world. 

If you have any further questions please use our on-line response form.

Best regards, 

Julie 

Julie Campbell | Whole Foods Market | 550 Bowie Street | Austin, Texas 78703

This is basically a copy and paste from their generic blog site so they obviously aren’t concerned about my inquiry. I have since written them back via the “on-line response form” questioning their knowledge of the term for organic. In China, it could mean that it is farmed in human waste. I would bet that most people would not like their organic, healthy, overpriced vegetables being grown in human fecal matter. Delish!

(The proof is: here, here and here

I also wondered what set Whole Foods apart for stores such as Wal-Mart? Isn’t Whole Foods all about healthy eatting, healthy families, and a healthy lifestyle?!

I actually am beginning to question that. I think it’s time more people should also.

I haven’t receieved an email back and frankly don’t think I will. However; If I do I’ll post it on here.