Buying a new bread machine

Lately I’ve been thinking about getting a bread machine. You may be wondering why I’m considering one since I can just buy bread at the store. But I feel like my body isn’t handling store-bought bread too well. Something’s not digesting right and my sister says it could be that I’m allergic to gluten. Anyone who’s familiar with buying specialty breads know that they’re quite expensive. If I’m going to be eating it on the long-run, I’d rather make my own. And since I started to cook, why not?

The thing about bread machines is that you can control 100% of the ingredients¬† you use, which is perfect for my cause. These machines are great. You can set them to do anything. For example you can add nuts and fruit, make whole wheat bread, make gluten-free bread, and even pizza dough. Then there’s the fresh bread aspect. It’s just nice to have fresh, warm bread. Basically what a bread machine will do is make bread for you from scratch. Usually you would have to mix all the ingredients, knead, let rise, then bake the bread. But you would just add the ingredients in the machine, then inside the kneading blades will start kneading the dough, then it will wait a bit for the dough to rise, then it will start baking. The whole process is automated. The best bread machines like Panasonic will also wait before kneading to make sure the ingredients are at the right temperature.

I figured if I bought a bread machine I could make cool things like raisin or flax seed bread – any way to add a bit of nutrition to my diet. I’m actually not that health obsessed and have never been, and I know you can’t expect to eat something healthy like flax seed and think it’s the cure-all to everything. It’s more of an investment to my body. I’m not going to overdo it, I just want to take care of myself and eat in moderation. I’m not the type to take things to the extreme anyway.

So here I am, reading reviews about bread machines and looking at which one to get. It’s not the cheapest toy I will pick up this Black Friday but definitely the most interesting. I can’t wait to see my family’s faces when I show them a freshly baked bread. Maybe I won’t tell them I used a bread machine to bake it and say I did it using an oven. :) I don’t know, if I become a bread machine convert I might even get everyone their own machine?

-Turner

 

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Using pressure cookers to cook

An interesting little site I found will totally make me into a chef in spite of being so helpless in the kitchen. I kid you not. Want to know what it is? TADAAA: Cook With Pressure – the best pressure cooker reviews. I honestly didn’t even know what these things were. I know what pots and pans and rice cookers are and I’ve definitely heard of pressure cookers but if you told me to explain it I wouldn’t have a clue where to start. Quickly I learned that they’re basically these tightly sealed pots in which you cook food. And although they seem difficult to operate it’s not at all.

I purchased one last month and it arrived at my doorsteps last week. I’ve also picked up a few cookbooks to go with it. Mainly what you do when using pressure cookers to cook is that you’re supposed to add the ingredients into the pot along with some liquids and let it cook for approximately 15 minutes (more or less) under pressure. You’ll end up with something resembling what you get at fine dining restaurants.

Already I’ve tried one recipe and at first I had no idea what was going on. I followed most of the recipes instructions but it gets complicated at the part where you adjust the pressure. For example, the recipe would tell you to cook this and that, then add chicken stock or something, and then bring everything to “high pressure” and then lower the pressure. But it was difficult to adjust it at…I think I need more experience using it. There’s a really good guide on how to use a pressure cooker written by Cook With Pressure. You’ll see what I mean once you know the steps. Some of the pressure cooking blogs that I read say that once you get to know your pressure cooker, it will be a breeze to use. Having said that I think my pasta turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever made thus far. The cooking time was only 5 minutes too. Apparently, you can make all sorts of stuff with it like soups, stews, and even barbecue ribs so I’m looking forward to trying all these things.

One of the things that kept me out of the kitchen was the daunting amount of time it takes to cook. For me I know I have a big learning curve too. So when I learned more about pressure cookers I felt like it was the machine I’ve been waiting to meet, just from all the time it saves and how most of the cooking is done by the cooker itself. It does seem like anyone can use it.

Well, so far so good.

-Turner

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Welcome to Kitchen Sojourn!

Welcome! Thanks for visiting my site.

My name is Turner and yes, this is yet another food blog! I’m a regular 28 year old guy living in Boston.

I’m completely hopeless in the kitchen but after some life-altering events that have happened recently (maybe I’ll decide to share some of this later), I wanted to change. I want to take better care of myself and a part of that strategy would be to start cooking – start cooking amazing meals and don’t stop until I’ve become a master in the kitchen. I think it might be tough – saying that I’m completely hopeless in the kitchen is an understatement – so I’m trying ways to hold myself accountable and one of the ways is with this blog.

At the time of writing this I really wonder what will become of this blog. I don’t even have a plan of what I’ll be documenting here. But I guess in a way it’s almost like a journal – a journal of my adventures in the kitchen. I imagine meeting people along the way so please say hi if you drop by. That’s all for now!

-Turner

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