“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James Michener
“Do you fear the force of the wind,
The slash of the rain?
Go face them and fight them,
Be savage again.
Go hungry and cold like the wolf,
Go wade like the crane;
The palms of your hand will thicken,
The skin of your cheek will tan,
You’ll grow ragged and weary and swarthy,
But you’ll walk like a man.” Hamlin Garland
There are certain foods that lend themselves well to an outdoor picnic, and breads, like the chestnut bread shown here, are perfect for such outings. The first time I tried some was at the airport in Seoul, South Korea. I fell in love with the taste and texture and searched for it once I got back home to the US. Recently, I bought an excellent loaf of Chestnut bread at our local Korean bakery. It was moist, fresh, and choc a bloc with finely chopped pieces of chestnut. I knew it would great to share with my blog friends and when I saw the Plinky prompt about the outdoors, the word – picnic – leaped at me. It got me thinking about the foods we typically take with us when we go for a picnic or spend afternoon in the park; hence the great outdoors mention on this post. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? or enjoyed a picnic with food you love?
“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
1 C chestnut flour
1 C white rice flour
1/2 C potato starch
1/2 C tapioca flour
1/3 C corn starch
1C chopped Chestnut
2 tbsp xanthan gum
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2/3 dry buttermilk (or dried milk)
2 1/2 tsp yeast
A number of blog friends had mentioned how delicious the bread must be on my CREATE post, and that made me search for a suitable recipe. I haven’t been to a picnic in ages so I might plan one with friends and family in the coming weeks. The summer time is perfect for picnics and basic picnic food safety rules include making sure we take foods that are packed properly, transport well, hold up their flavor in heat, and won’t deteriorate rapidly. All we need to do is add a loaf of Chestnut bread, some cheese, our favorite beverage and fruit to our picnic hamper for an excellent outing. In my shot above, I toasted the slices lightly, added a dollop of organic peanut butter and some sprinklings of golden flax seed meal and it was delicious. You can get as inventive as you wish or eat it plain. Preparation and more information below!
“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world–the great fresh un-blighted, unredeemed wilderness. “ John Muir
Pre-heat the oven to 375o F.
Tip on Peeling Chestnuts: A) Wash and boil chestnuts in 2 cups of water on medium heat. B) Allow to cool C)peel and scoop out nut D) Chop up or mash up peeled chestnuts in a mortar and pestle. via Kamrecipe
Mix the first 4 ingredients and place in bread machine pan. Mix the remaining ingredients except the yeast and put on top of the liquid ingredients. Create a well in the top of the dry ingredients and add the yeast.
Program the bread machine for “dough”. When the cycle completes place the contents in a 5×9″ lightly oiled bread pan. Bake 45-50 minutes. Turn out the bread immediately and let cool. Chosen by Asker
The flowers I shared on this post were taken on a number of my usual walkabouts. I wanted to capture blooms that were growing wild; flowers not planted in the confinements of a garden and these were perfect. I found the Plinky prompt helpful in getting me to think about picnics and outdoor hiking adventures… What about you? What are your thoughts? What foods would you pick for a picnic? When was the last time you went on a picnic? Could you suggest an easy to transport picnic food? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate life every day
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Chestnuts, Chestnut Flower, via Wikipedia, Chestnut Bread by Sifu Renka, via Flickr, Chestnut bread via Olive Bakery, Peeling Chestnuts via Kamrecipe and Chestnut Bread via TableConversation .com
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