|a few things that dwell in my cupboards|
May 23rd, 2006
I'm exhausted just looking at yesterday's entry - that thing's a novel! I guess that happens when you simply must tell everyone about your weekend, cooking tendencies as dictated by weather, convoluted thoughts on cooking for your children, feelings about the promotional copy of Cook's Country, and reviews of a breaded pork chop recipe all in one post. So today I'm going to keep it simple and pimp a few of my favorite pantry items.
Agave Nectar: When I saw this next to the honey at my local grocery store I thought it was probably a long-time healthfood store staple that had escaped to the general market, but when I looked it up I was surprised to find that it's only recently become available. This sweetener is made from agave extract, comes in a handy little squirt bottle, and has a fairly low glycemic index. Madhava Honey sells a light and an amber grade. I got the light kind and it's pretty much a straight forward sweet taste with the consistency of a nice thin honey. I'm interested in trying the amber variety which is supposed to have a stronger agave taste. Other than just the thrill of trying new things, the reason I was attracted to it is that it doesn't give you a big sugar rush. I don't have diabetes or any real problems with blood sugar, but sugary treats inevitable make me want to consume more sugary treats, or salty snacks, or a hamburger, or pretty much anything that isn't nailed down. The agave nectar doesn't give me that problem at all. I haven't tried baking with it yet, but it seems like it could be an easy replacement for honey although it should be substituted at 75% (3/4 cup agave for 1 cup other sweetener). For now I'm very happy drizzling it on top of plain yogurt and fruit, or on top of pancakes in the morning.
Bob's Red Mill 10-Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix: Speaking of pancakes, we've been going through this pancake mix like crazy recently. I like to make pancakes from scratch, but it's hard to do so on weekday mornings. I kept promising to make up some pancake mix from one of my favorite recipes, Jim kept threatening to go buy some Bisquick, and crisis loomed. But Bob's Red Mill saved the day with a whole grain mix that we all like. The pancakes are light and fluffy and don't have that heavy taste that whole wheat products can sometimes have. The Bob's line seems to be sweeping the nation, so chances are you can find this in a grocery near you.
So, short and sweet today, I'm sure the novel length entries will resume tomorrow.