Rouxbe cooking school

For a long time I've wanted to go to culinary school to learn everything (well, as much as possible) there is to know about cooking, baking, techniques and the science behind cooking. When I cook or bake I often wonder about the things that I'm making like, why does the pasta clump it self? why is this flour better for this recipe? why/how/what/when/why. I often google but don't really feel like I get the answers I want. 
 
Since we're having another little one on the way, going to school is going to be impossible for me so I thought what my options were. The internet. You can always find anything on the internet, and what do you know, I found a school that I'm really excited about! It's called Rouxbe and is an American online cooking school for those who don't have the schedual to go to a physical school. I've been doing research about the school, looking at the material and I'm even taking a free course to get a glimpse at how it would be "going" to that school. What can I say, I absolutely love it. I've learn SO MUCH in just two days of the course and I can't wait until I can sit down next time to continue on with my course and learn more. They go deep into the subject and explain about the basics, something I actually find is hard to come upon, and they explain it so well and simply with their videos, tutorials, flash cards, tests (yes tests) and they want you to cook/bake dishes in the subject you're learning about so that you get a better understanding about the subject. When you're supposed to cook/bake they give you a recipe you're supposed to follow and they guide you the entire way and WHILE you are cooking/baking they explain the WHY'S, HOW'S and DO'S and DONTS'. That's EXACLY what I want!
 
The first course I'm taking is about gluten. It suited me perfectly since I've started to bake bread now and don't buy any store bought anymore. I FINALLY know the science behind all those flours out there! I FINALLY know which ones to choose and WHY! I know what to look for, how to think and how to work with gluten so I can get the best results - know I just have to practice my technique. I also know that I've been choosing the wrong pasta all.my.life. and cooking it wrong. My goodness. Pasta is my love and I thought I knew exacly how to cook pasta since it I always thought it turned out nicely, but boy was I wrong. Did you know that those yellow pastas that you buy with the smooth surface are low quality pastas? Do you know how to spot a good quality dry pasta? Neither did I but now I know. You're supposed too look for LIGHT color and ROUGH surface. When the pasta is smooth the sauce slides right off, but if you have a rough surface the sauce sticks to the pasta.
 
I'm going to share with you my learning process and the things I learn, right now I just wanted to talk about this school and get my excitement out there. This is going to be so much fun and I hope you'll be able to snatch some tips from me in the future.

Honey whole wheat bread - Fullkornbröd

All week my family has been sick. It's november and the flu's already started *sigh*. I survived the first part of the week but unfortunatly, it got me too by the end of it, *another big sigh* even worse, we're throwing our baby girl a birthday party this Sunday and I have a lot of cooking and baking to do. Hope this thing goes away asap - it's unlikely, but one can hope!
 
I've been baking a little this week, another loaf of bread and chocolate chip cookies. I've actually baked this loaf several times now because I love this recipe. It's easy and delicious and the bread is fabulous when it's toasted! And what I like most about it is how long it stays soft. I just wrap it in a clean kitchen towel and keep it on the counter, it stays soft for about 5 days. My little girl loves to bake with me. She thinks it's so much fun to watch (and taste) the doughs and help measuring and pouring ingredients into the bowl. I think it's so nice when she wants to watch me in the kitchen, we have such nice moments there. Last night we made chocolate chip cookies. Everytime she got a taste of the dough her face lit up and she got so happy. Exacly that is what I love about food, the emotions it brings out in people. How a taste of cookie dough can make my litle girl smile like that and laugh because she simply loves the taste. It's fascinating to me.
 
I tried to take pictures of the bread but it's hard when you don't have good camera equipment and when the weather is gray and dull. All I'm left with then is yellow counter light, and even I know (now) that's a big nono. The picture below is from the site www.thediymommy.com
 
The BEST 100% whole wheat & honey bread recipe. It's quick to make, stays moist and delicious long after its baked, and uses healthy and simple ingredients. Great sandwich bread!
 
I've tried this with regular flour and it worked great too!
 
HERE you will find the recipe and how to make the bread. If you're having trouble with the measurments just remember that one cup is about 2,4 dl, when you know that it's quite easy to mutliply or subtract (or just use a calculator).

Bread, bread, delicious bread

Today hasn't been all that great. I now know what it's like to be 70+ year old with a hip problem...this pregnancy is completely draining all my energy and appearantly wants me to be in pain as much as possible. I'm having a huge problem with my pelvis, don't really know what the english term is but you can have problems with your pelvis when you're pregnant. I had it when I was pregnant with my baby girl, fortunatly I got it in my 7th month, but now it started around the 4th month. 
 
 
One thing that helps me get away and forget about the pain is being in the kitchen. Unfortunatly I haven't been able to go grocery shopping so I'm all out of butter and eggs but I had a lot of flour and yeast in the pantry, what can you make with that? Bread. Delicious, home made bread. I've just started training on my bread skills, slowly but steadily I'm learning. I've made sourdough bread from scratch, honey-wheat bread and now I've made bread in a "dutch oven", except I don't have a dutch oven so I used my terracotta oven roaster (I just love that little roaster) and it worked great! The bread was fluffy and soft and had a great color and crust. I'm going to try this recipe next time with whole wheat and see what happens. I'll keep you updated. Anyway HERE is the recipe for the bread, it's very simple and "quickly" made. If you don't have a dutch oven or terracotta oven roaster then try and use something simular you have at home, something you can roast food in. 
 
 

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