Spring and Nature: Chapter 7

The weather is finally picking up! Here is my best translation or close to…

When your were a child your mother taught you to stop at red and go on green. It’s the same for boating and we are happy that the nautical world and nature follows the same rules. In the spring the leaves on the trees ignite with a thousand shades of green so that the canal allies are gorgeous. In the mean time we have come to know our boat better. Plus we have bought a new battery ($$$$). Now we took a risk to moor in mother nature without electricity. With luck we can seek more romantic locations to anchor and enjoy more wilderness. Spring not only offers the various shades of green but you can watch mother nature come alive and train their young. Plus watch the red sunsets in the evenings. This is only possible due to having a new battery!

Boys and Girls Day: Chapter 6

We loved Maastricht so much we decided to plan a Boys weekend and a Girls weekend!

My best translation or close to…

My GOD how beautiful it is here in Maastricht. This is the reason why Melinda and Terri choose here to spend a long sunny weekend. It is the most scenic harbor yet! For almost 20 years Lutz and his “man friends” spend the first week of May together. Usually they head to south France to enjoy the sun and wine but this year they choose to head for the boat and toured Belgium with rain and beer. They did a four lock tour around Maastricht. Those who know both Lutz and Melinda, know we are always eating culinary food! Therefore fresh made french fries, salmon and farm bought spargel headed the list of preferred dinners!

 

Everything you need in one super place!

The Edeka display was a huge success and there wasn’t a drop left by 1:45 pm that afternoon. Check out what was up for tasting!

Cassava Blueberry Pancakes
    

Chopped Asian Salad  

Homemade Grain-Free Cassava Century Bread topped off with your choice of two different flavors of Foolproof Mayonnaise: Chipotle and Wasabi Cilantro Lime! 

It was wonderful to meet so many people and to listen to their stories.

 

 

 

 

It was also interesting to note how many people here in Germany are living the gluten free life or have friends or family traveling this healthy path as well.

 

 

Here are a few of the products that the Edeka in Weilderback carries along with their English translations!

 

Flax seeds and flax flour.

 

Tapioca flour, and cassava flour.

    

Almond flour (2 kinds) and coconut flour. They also have Arrowroot flour which is called Pfeilwurzel Mehl.

   

Natural maple syrup, coconut oil and coconut sugar.

You can also find a wide selection of  ready-made goods in their freezer department, and their gluten, vegan and paleo section. They carry psyllium, agar agar and a super selection of gluten free goods made with Xylitol, like dark chocolate for cooking and eating!

 

So far everything I’ve needed for creating the recipes on my site can be found at Edeka Weilerbach. Anastasia Kromer-Haag and her husband are very responsive to customer requests and aim to please, so, make sure to speak with her if it’s not on the shelf. Anastasia is so accommodating and personally understands our purchasing challenges!

I am so thrilled that the Edeka in Weilerbach has committed to, and made HUGE steps toward, meeting the communities needs by provide cooking supplies and goods for those who follow a gluten, soy and dairy free lifestyle. Anastasia is in the process of gathering names for a future Cook’n Coach class at her store. Please send them a note on their Facebook page and let them know you would be interested in attending!

Kudos to you Edeka in Weilerbach, my new grocery store!

For the recipes shared this day, click on the links below!

Chopped Asian Salad

Grain Free Cassava Century Bread

Foolproof Mayonnaise

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!

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