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Multi-Grain Hearth Bread, Salmon/Crab Chowder and the Hanukkah Miracle of Christmas Dinner

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GSnyde

Multi-Grain Hearth Bread, Salmon/Crab Chowder and the Hanukkah Miracle of Christmas Dinner

After all the heavy food, sweets and rich baked goods at holiday time, I decided to bake some nice healthy loaves of bread and make some soup with local North Coast seafood.  OK, the chowder has a good dose of cream in it, but I used a recipe without bacon, so it’s dietetic compared to my usual.

The bread is Hamelman’s Whole Wheat Multi-Grain, a 50% whole wheat sourdough with just a touch of instant yeast and some honey.  In the soaker, I used only rolled oats as that’s what I have on hand.  I added toasted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.  The seeds plus oatmeal equaled the weight of the mixed grains in Hamelman’s formula.   I used the total amount of water the formula calls for.  The dough was dense but extensible, very easy to handle.  I made three loaves, semi-retarding one on our 50 degree porch while the first two baked.  All came out nicely.  The crust is dark but not crispy, and the crumb is moist and wonderfully wheaty with the nice feel, smell and taste of seeds.

The Salmon and Crab Chowder was adapted from a Food Network recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/salmon-chowder-with-crab-whole-grain-croutons-and-pinot-glaze-recipe/index.html), but I added several pounds of salmon trimmings to the stock and added garlic to both the stock and the chowder; I also added a couple sliced leeks to the chowder.  I skipped the croutons and the drizzle.  It is quite a production with lots of steps, but the result was very well-received.  Rich, hardy chowder with lots of well-melded flavors.  It makes me grateful for the bounty of our local fishery.  Sorry, no photos of the lovely chowder. 

Now, my holiday story of The Hannukah Miracle of Christmas Dinner.

In case you don’t know the story symbolized by the Hannukah Menorah, it is told that when the Jews recaptured their temple from Greek occupation, there was only enough oil left to light the holy lamp for one night.  But miraculously, the oil lasted eight nights.  Thus Hannukah is celebrated as the eight night “Festival of Lights”.

Cat and I have a mixed marriage (we joke that we’re a born-again Druid and a lapsed agnostic, but we don’t remember which of us is which).  Cat’s family celebrates Traditional American Christmas with food, drink, a tree and presents, and drink.  My family celebrates Traditional American Hannukah with food and presents, and food.

For the last several years, I have spent “The Holidays” with Cat’s Family here on the North Coast.  Her brother is a good cook, and he cooks Christmas Eve dinner and I cook Christmas dinner, or vice versa.  This year, for Christmas dinner I made a Rib Roast rotiserried on charcoal, with many side dishes, including caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and a potato gratin with shallots, Gruyere and cream.   Several days later, after roast beef sandwiches, barbecue beef sandwiches, and several omelets of leftover potatoes gratin and caramelized onions, we  realized that our Christmas dinner made EIGHT MEALS!!  It’s a multi-religious miracle!  It’s a miracle that we’re still standing.

I might also mention that my Hannukah stocking this year included two wonderful baking books—Ortiz’s The Village Baker and Hensperger’s Bread Bible.  I’m looking forward to new experiments.

Happy New Year to all TFLers.

Glenn

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Syd's picture
Syd

Lovely baking Glenn. That chowder sounds delicious, too. I bet you lost some serious pounds by not including that bacon.
Happy New Year to you and your family,
Syd

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GSnyde

Bacon would have made it better, but I feel sooo virtuous for skipping it.

Happy New Year to you, too.

Glenn

 

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Mebake

Hi, Glenn

I would not include rolled oates in Wholegrain Multigrain recipe. It sucks too much water from the dough , and obstruct Gluten strength. Anyway, your loaf look delicious all the same.

Best wishes for a spledid Holidays!

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GSnyde

They seemed to do no harm to the texture of the bread.  Next time I'll try this formula with mixed grains as prescribed and see if it's even better.

Happy New Year, Khalid.

Glenn

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hanseata

and keep your great bakes going, Glenn.

And your Christmas dinner was obviously an excruciating diet - low cal, low carb, low fat :)

Karin

 

GSnyde's picture
GSnyde

I will take long walks and eat raw vegetables this week.

Happy New Year to you, too.

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SylviaH

I looked at the recipe to the lovely chowder you made.  It is quite a bit of work.  But, what a delicious recipe!

Happy New Year!

Sylvia

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GSnyde

The wonderful grocery in Fort Bragg has gorgeous King Salmon and Dungeness Crab this time of year, so the recipe was perfect.  I called the nice butcher in the morning to save me some salmon collars, tails and other trimmings for the stock, and when I arrived he had a heap of about ten pounds.  I took three pounds and added it to the two crabs in the stock.  It was real good.  Glad we have a powerful exhaust fan in the kitchen, though.

Glenn

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breadsong

Hi Glenn,
The bread looks really good, and the soup sounds fabulous...!
Hope you have much enjoyment with your new baking books,
:^) from breadsong

 

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GSnyde

Good soup and good bread.

Glenn