Tuesday, November 2, 2010

two exciting announcements

my first announcement is a new blog that alex and i have started together.  the focus is on God-centered health and wellness, and you can find it here at http://www.somaticos.com/.  we both firmly believe that striving for wellness is a component of a God-honoring life. unfortunately, our society often times idolizes health and fitness.  on the other hand, many people in america (including many christians, sadly) have given away to laziness and gluttony, to the damage of their health.  our hope is to educate people and assist them in a God-centered, healthy lifestyle.

(alex has written about a biblical perspective for being in shape, which you can read here.)

i will be writing a weekly post called "real food friday" in which i will share the joys and health benefits of real food along with a weekly recipe.  I have already written posts on green smoothies and homemade salad dressings which i encourage you to check out.

my second exciting announcement is probably more exciting to me than to you, but i have begun to venture out into the exciting world of sourdough!

sourdough utilizes wild yeasts from the air to bring rise to baked goods.  this is truly a provision from God and people have been using it for thousands of years.  the advantage of sourdough over modern forms of leavening is that it is cheaper and the souring process makes nutrients in the dough much more available than using store-bought yeast or baking soda.  furthermore, the souring process in a sense "pre-digests" the flour, making it easier for the body to digest (some people with gluten intolerance can eat sourdough baked goods with no ill side effects).  in other words, sourdough is traditional, healthy and cheap.  just my kind of thing! :)

a week and a half ago, i began culturing my starter.  it took about a week to get my starter in an active state.  and since it has become usable, i have made sourdough pancakes and crackers.  my boys have already asked numerous times for the crackers, even though i just made them last night!  i look forward to also trying pizza crust, crepes, muffins, pie crust, cookies and eventually (when i feel bold enough) bread!

i am very excited about this because i feel like i finally have a healthy way to serve wheat to my family without feeling a compromise or paying for expensive sprouted-wheat bread.

unfortunately, i am not able to enjoy any of the sourdough right now :/ but that is a topic for another post.

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