Thursday, February 4, 2010

The grind

Hah! You thought I was going to talk about the whole diet/exercise routine and what a rut you get into and how it just seems to go on and on and on with no change and no excitement and no results, right? Well, surprise! Not only do I not feel that way about the whole diet/exercise routine (at least for now), that's not what's on my mind.

Or my table, as a matter of fact.

What you see pictured here is my shiny new grain mill, which I used yesterday to grind flour from wheat berries.

I suggested to my husband that if I had to do this to get six cups of flour, I'd probably never have to lift weights again. Evah! I only made one cup of freshly milled flour, adding it to a mixture of whole wheat, unbleached bread flour, oat flour and ground flaxseed, along with yeast, butter and whey, and have two loaves of bread to show for my efforts.

I'll use the mill for a variety of ground grains and/or seeds, and I'm especially looking forward to freshly ground cornmeal. Gotta grow the corn first, though.

I'll not be using it to grind coffee, although I could. I have a fancy-schmancy Cuisinart coffee mill for that. The only energy it requires (other than electricity) is pushing a button. I guess if I had a woodstove and an old-fashioned percolator, it would be nice to know I could still make coffee during a power outage. But I have neither, and thus will go caffeine-free during the next ice storm.

Not sure if the weather headed our way will include ice; it appears that it could. I'm heading south, but not far enough to escape the storm. In fact, it looks like I might be right in the thick of it. I just hope I can get back home Sunday in time for kickoff.

I really hope we have snow rather than ice. I'll be visiting my younger granddaughter, and her delight at a winter weather event is charming. I'm sure it will be more than enough to get me outside building more snow toddlers. And burning calories. Because so far, my resolve to reduce isn't a grind at all!


Elora said...

Looks great~! Did I mention that you would develop great arm strength? That the grain mill is powerful exercise? Did I also mention that grinding enough for six loaves would leave you in a heap (about the size of the amount you just ground) on the floor? But the bread! And the cornmeal! No comparison with "storebought!" Puff, puff, puff....!

JourneyBeyondSurvival said...

We do that too. Sporadically. I have a plug in grain grinder. I usually do oatmeal flour though. For cookies. *_* But I won't anymore! Have fun.