Look out Edeka…I’m Ready!

Drop by and say HI!

Ok ok ok ok…I promised to only send you a newsletter once a month but this month has been filled with great surprises and events that I just had to send you a quickie! Check this out…I am going to be doing a Gluten, Dairy and Soy free cooking demonstration at Edeka in Weilerbach this coming weekend. Please drop by and say HI! Edeka has really embraced the Gluten, Dairy and Soy lifestyle. You should see their shelves. Now I no longer have to order my cassava flour and many other products I love using. This flyer is on their Facebook website. Click on it and scroll to second page…I’m in there!!!

 

Baked Bread on a Boat…IMPOSSIBLE?

No it is POSSIBLE. You just have to use your creativity and imagination AND a little help from GFJules!  I thought cooking bread on a boat or in an RV was impossible. Really I have to admit I failed handmade bread making 101. I could never get my bread to rise and it always ended up like a rock or I had to throw it out. Thus, my bread machine, but taking the monster on the boat was not possible due to space.

I searched the web for some ideas and happened upon Jules site. I wrote her and explained who I was and what I did and she was gracious enough to send me a free sample of her super award winning bread flour. I thought how the heck will I make this without a bread machine on my boat. Plus it’s been cold as heck this time of the year on the canals and impossible to find a warm spot to let the dough rise (let alone to warm my toes). I came up with the coolest solution or should I say, the warmest solution and it was AMAZING!

Ok so…I used gfJules bread mix and added a few seeds!

 

 

 

 

 

I mixed the wet ingredients in my immersion blender bowl attachment and slowly poured it over the mix.

Once all was incorporated, I placed it on a cutting board with a little tapioca flour and kneaded it 4 or 5 times.

I plugged in my crockpot and turned it on low. I used foil to create a band to shape my loaf of bread. Check out the baking paper liner. Make sure the baking paper extends beyond the top of the crockpot.

I placed the kneaded dough into the prepared crockpot. I pressed on a few more seeds and sprinkled with Himalayan salt. Placed the lid on and let it raise for 1 hour. Turn off the crockpot after 30 minutes. It will stay warm.

The extended baking paper helped me lift the RAISED bread to my baking sheet.

Be sure to trim the baking paper before sliding it into the baking oven.

I baked it for 1 hours and checked it with a knife before taking it out.

This was so yummy and delicious. Thanks Jules!!!!!

This worked so well that my faith in handmade bread has been restored …now I will experiment making handmade bread using my Grain free Cassava Century Bread!

Just the Two of Us: Chapter 5

It’s time for Lutz and me to check out our motoring skills and also the depth of our love and respect for each other. I always said if you really want to see if you’re compatible with a mate, live in an RV or boat for a month and you’ll know for sure. Well we survived the RV and now the true test, the boat.

We happened to take off on our own the week before Easter. Our plan was to travel along the Belgium boarder and Netherlands for three weeks. So we set off, April 8, 2017, the day after my birthday. We’re a week into our trip and so far I still love this man and he has not thrown me over board!

Just the Two of Us: Chapter 5 (German Translation …or close to it)

On the Willemsroute!
The route starts at Stevenswerrt which is directly next to our harbor in Ophoven Belgium. Our first stop was Weert in the Netherlands. At Bocholt we had to pass into Belgium and had to pay a toll fee to travel on their canals. We took a little side trip to Leopoldsburg and enjoyed long canals, slow motoring and relaxation only to notice that the bikes along the canal were faster than us! After 250 Km, 250 liters of diesel, 6 drawbridges and 10 days we arrived  at Bassin in Maastricht. The bridge into the harbor was so low we had to undo the Bimini.  Maastricht is beautiful, REALLY beautiful and full of history and shopping possibilities. We stayed here for 2 weeks.

Our First Guest On Board: Chapter 4

Our first guest arrived! My first and closest friend in Germany, Marilou and her daughter Aliyah, came and spent four  wonderful days with us celebrating my birthday in the sun. Of course we grilled our brains out and took advantage of each sunny day.

Our First Guest: Chapter 4 (German Translation…or close to it)
We tidied up the boat and prepared for our first guest. So great to see Marilou and her daughter Aliyah. Our first solo trip was with them to Roermond for a 2 hour tour. Plus we entered our first lock that we maneuvered all by ourselves! This took an additional 30 minutes. We ended up with a minor incident due to the fact we did not raise the fenders in time. Apparently an old battle scare repaired incorrectly was tapped against the wall and the wound reopened (something to keep Lutz busy while I cooked). For all of us it was a great trip and very relaxing and romantic in this little harbor.

Time to Get Our Feet Wet: Chapter 3

Raise the anchor and let’s go for a spin! Mercy me, this is more than I expected. I had to read the water levels so we wouldn’t break off the antenna. Yes, we have to lower it for some of the bridges we encounter. I also had to learn how to read the lights at the locks and how to tie up the ropes for landing. I think I learned how to tie those knots while in Girl Scouts at one time of my life. Due to my torn meniscus, I’ve been assigned the landing job! Working the engine while Lutz jumps on the dock to tie us up. Piece of cake…stay tune for live photos of this daring act…

 

My German translation lesson for the week:

Preparation # 3

Finally we are ready for a test drive. The test drive was delayed due to lots of rain and high water level in the Maas (5 foot over normal level). We trained for everything: turning on a dime (360), landing, knots,driving against the flow of the flood water of the Maas…The district is totally new for us, unknown, so someone always had to be on the lookout. We also relaxed and drove under the guidance of my friend Andreas. Since the boat had a new mast with unknown dimensions, measurement were taken and much caution was necessary due to high water levels while going under bridges. Meanwhile the guest cabin was made ready and we are looking forward to welcoming our first guest.

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