Category: Food

  • White Chickpeas

    The white chickpea is a staple dry legume in the cuisines of regions from the Meditarranean to India. The Romans named it cicero; the Italian word is ceci. It is also known in America as the garbanzo bean. In India it is known in as chole or chana. The Hindustani name is kabuli chana –…

  • Small Dry Legumes

    Introduction I am describing the small dry legumes, including lentils, as opposed to small phaseolus beans (including black turtle beans). T These legumes are commonly sold as dry grain; some canned lentils are available. Some were sold in bulk food stores and as bulk foods in grocery stores. The availability of bulk products was affected…

  • Instant Pot, Slow Cooker

    An Instant Pot can be used in the pressure cooker program for simple cooked legumes, and some curries and prepared dal dishes. The pressure cooker program will be the better choice for some dishes. The pressure cooker program is also useful to cook or quick soak dry legumes for slow cooker dishes. Laura Pazzaglia has…

  • Instant Pots and Pressure Multi-cookers

    For 10-15 years, 2006-2020 multi-cookers were electric pressure cookers with: Midea of Guangdong Province, China patented a multi-cooker in 2006. Fagor America and its European parent company brought the Fagor Lux multi-cooker to market in 2015, and the Fagor Lux LCD in 2017. Fagor America ceased operations including honoring warranties and providing support for customers…

  • Smaller Bread Machine Loaves

    Why? The main reasons for baking smaller loaves are to have fresh bread, and avoid spoilage. Bread is perishable: Constraints Pan Size Bread machines identity the size (volume) of the pans by reference to the capacity of the pan to hold a baked loave. 1.5 lb. machines were common. Large is a common size; XL…

  • Light Rye – Bread Machine

    Rye Bread Bread was made with rye flour in parts of Eurasia where rye grew and wheat did not, including the parts of Northern Europe, including the lands around the Baltic Sea. Rye has some protein, but does not produce enough gluten to rise like a leavened wheat bread. Pumpernickel may refer to bread made…

  • Multigrain Bread Machine Loaves

    Multigrain Multigrain means a blend of bread flour and whole wheat, or another flour. These recipes involve 15% -50 % whole wheat flour by weight. The basic bake program works in most machines for these recipes. When bread flour is less than 50% of total flour, recipes may suggest a whole wheat program, or a…

  • Lean Bread Machine Bread

    Lean or Rustic A lean bread is flour, water, yeast and salt. Technically, a lean bread is made with flour, water, salt and yeast, without fat: butter, oil, or vegetable shortening. Fat mixed and kneaded shortens gluten strands, making the bread softer. Salt interacts with amino acids in the flour as the protein bind to…

  • Bread Machine Sandwich Loaves

    Standard Recipes I am sceptical of the idea that a recipe for bread works in all bread machines. I think bread machine recipes have to be customized for machines. I adapt recipes, mainly from the Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook (“BLBMC”). I worked out my approach to yeast and low sodium in baking in a…

  • Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook

    Introduction Endless Post This post was published in 2020 and has been revised a few times. I don’t republish or change the date or mark up the revisions. Recommendations The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook is a unique book. I have kept it and refer to it on baking and bread machine issues. I have…