Wednesday, March 9, 2011

rainy wednesday

It rained all day, and I have to confess that I actually enjoy rain. Despite the fact that the sun is hiding, I like the sound of rain, the slightly melancholy mood it potentiates, and the excuse it provides to eat soup and homemade bread.

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[Even without the heat on, my apt is 60 billion degrees, which is awesome for proofing bread.]

I love homemade sourdough bread, but I decided to try this no-knead bread from Mark Bittman since I haven’t made any starter yet. It was pretty easy; you can quickly mix up the dough before work and bake it when you come back. Using whole wheat flour makes the bread especially dense and gives it a nutty flavor.

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And this butternut squash and apple soup has become one of my favorites. I pre-cooked the squash yesterday to save time. Confession: I never roast the spices. And I don’t measure them either. But it always seems to work out okay.

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In other news, I’m kind of in love with running in the rain. Although I splashed through some major puddles and was completely soaked after an hour, I see rain as a sign that spring is coming (finally…geez!), and I’m pretty excited about that.

Rain…love it or hate it?

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23 comments:

  1. I like the rain when I am sleeping or chilling at home, but I HATE it when I am out!

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  2. hate it. but i like it more than snow...

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  3. i havent made bread in forever, i should get on that, yours looks sooo good

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  4. I actually like rain, and especially the soups and stews I usually make on rainy days. :) However, after a few rainy days, the toddler usually gets cabin fever, which can be challenging! :)

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  5. I love the rain! Thunderstorms are the best too! I love sitting where I can watch the rain pound down on the roof of the porch and the street beyond. Plus, last Saturday I discovered that I love running in the rain too!

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  6. I used to hat rainy days because it makes me sad, but recent years I've became an happier person and I start to like it. Just as you said, it's perfect day to bake bread ane have soup! That bread looks great!

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  7. I'm not a fan of rain, especially riding in it, but I need to get more comfortable with it that's for sure! I do like the excuse to have a comforting bowl of soup and hunk of bread though :) I'm working for a private practice, even though it's not really sports nutrition related, I'm excited for the experience! :)

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  8. I never measure my spices either :) We're rebels!

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  9. I'm really intimidated by bread-making, but this looks easy enough for even me! Did you use all wheat flour, or did you use some bread flour?

    I also like running in the rain, though cooold rain, not so much.

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  10. Love it if it's warm rain. Cold rain makes me want to stay in bed.

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  11. I love rain in the summertime when it's warm outside, but not so much in the wintertime when I'm longing for spring :]

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  12. After living on the island I can do without rain for a bit. We came form Vegas so this was a drastic change. I wish my house got warm enough to actually proof bread, but that won't happen until we move.

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  13. omg homemade soup and bread!?! I can't think of a better way to celebrate (err..survive!) a rainy day! *PS! I just realized you got your degree at OHIO state!! I'm totally considering going there:)

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  14. I like rain more than snow, but right now it's a messy mix of both outside and I just want both to go away.

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  15. ahhh i love running in the rain too~ i used to run a lot at gallup park (right next to the hospital!)

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  16. I love the rain and your pretty bread. :)

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  17. When I was a runner, back in the day, I loved the rain too. Running in the rain is so fun!! I don't mind it now, but it's not my favorite. Mainly I find that my mood is down when it rains, and my hair frizzes :) Yesterday's rain was mainly snow here, which was ironic since I put up our spring wreath yesterday!!

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  18. rain is nice for green grass as long as it doesn't last for days wow great soup and bread looks first class

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  19. haha i pretty much love anything that is NOT snow! plus rain is a great excuse to sleeep in and get absolutely nothing done! so i guess sometimes i don't mind it!

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  20. HATE IT! i used to love rain but it rains here ALL THE TIME! and it sucks when i cant go to the park or shop outdoors because of it.

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  21. hello Emily! glad to catch up on your blog. 1) I've never made real bread, but this look so yummy I am inspired once again. let's see if this inspiration turns into baking action this time. 2) I liked seeing the pics of your apt on the other posts..you are so crafty. love the wall decorations. 3)congrats on a successful move! have a great wkend. -Rachel

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  22. I'm not a rain fan at all. It's kind of refreshing during runs but I don't like falling asleep to it (especially if it brings thunderstorms ahh).

    On a side note-We were paired up to do mail swap, if you are still interested. ;)

    Just pop me an email at lolzthatswim@gmail.com.

    Hollie

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  23. if its cold -rain is awful - but on a hot day I loooove the rain! esp to run in! =)

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