Thursday, March 06, 2014

Steve's high-protein, high-fiber, low-carb bread

Steve Bloch is an interesting guy on the Internet and I ran across this recipe after I came across his comparing the deficit reduction powers of the different parties.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1-4 Tbsp. honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc.  (Artificial sweetener won't work, but this is a tiny amount of sugar in 4 loaves of bread, and the yeast will eat most of it before you do anyway.)
  • 1-2 packets dried yeast.  (I plan to try this with an ongoing yeast culture, but haven't done that experiment yet.)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable oil (canola, grapeseed, corn, sunflower, or "light" olive)
  • 2 cups soy powder (I use Fearn)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur)
  • 2 Tbsp. salt or KCl.  (Do not reduce this; if you use less than 1 Tbsp. salt per cup of soy flour, it'll taste like sawdust.)
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed or flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • optional: 1/2 cup buckwheat flour, or oat flour, or your favorite high-fiber flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • optional: 1/4 to 1/2 cup whole wheat berries, whole oat berries or steel-cut oats. combined with an equal amount of water and microwaved on low power for a few minutes.
  • 4-6 cups wheat gluten (I use Bob's Red Mill)


  • Heat half of the water to a little above body temperature.
  • Pour into large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in honey and yeast with a wire whisk.
  • Let sit for a few minutes while you crack eggs into a separate bowl.
  • Once the yeast mixture has generated a thick "foam" on top of the liquid, add eggs, oil, and remaining water and mix with whisk.
  • Mix in soy powder, salt, and whole wheat flour with whisk.
  • Mix in flaxseed, wheat germ, wheat bran, and optional other flours with whisk.
  • Switch utensils from whisk to wooden spoon; mix some more.
  • Add optional whole grains.
  • Add wheat gluten, a cup at a time, until you can't use the spoon any more.
  • Switch utensils from wooden spoon to hands.
  • Turn dough out onto board or counter floured with wheat gluten; knead 100 strokes, adding wheat gluten as necessary to keep it from sticking.
  • Put dough back into bowl, put in a warm, moist place (or a warm place and use a plant mister), cover with a cloth, and let rise for two hours or so.
  • Punch down the dough, turn out onto aforementioned board or counter, and knead another 50 strokes.
  • Divide dough in fourths.
  • Knead each fourth about 25 strokes, shape into loaves, and put into buttered or oiled loaf pans.
  • (I often slash the tops with a sharp knife "to give it leave to rise".)
  • Put loaf pans in aforementioned warm, moist place, cover with a cloth, and let rise for two hours or so.
  • Heat oven to 350-400 Fahrenheit.
  • (I often put a pan of hot water into the oven to keep the humidity up while the bread is baking.)
  • optional: brush surface of loaves with water (for a thin, crisp crust), milk (for a softer, dark crust), egg yolk (for a golden crust), or egg white (for a crisp, dark crust).
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until it looks and sounds done.
  • Let cool on wire racks before ripping it open.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cheese Herb Bread

Cheese Herb Bread from bread machine, delicious.

1 1/4 cups warm milk, almond milk, or water
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons dry milk powder
1 tablespoons brown sugar/Splenda blend
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan/Romano/Asiago cheese mixture
(Any cheese but sharp or extra sharp cheddar can be used - their enzymes affect rising.)
Pick and choose herbs:
1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
(All herbs can be replaced with fresh with double the measurement)
(Rosemary and/or garlic or garlic powder are other possible ingredients.)
(Italian seasoning mix can replace ingredients.)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon Vital Wheat Gluten (optional)
DIRECTIONS: Place ingredients in bread machine in order suggested by bread machine.
I have two bread machines in the exact opposite order, which is good because I forget and I look at the order printed on the one bread machine.)
I use light crust and basic bread machine setting and reset in 15 minutes when I use the wheat flour. I want it stirred at the beginning which the wheat bread setting does not do.
Can be made using the mix dough setting and baking in the oven and other people have great luck without the bread machine.

Adapted from Cheese Bread Recipe by D. Reichel on

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Low Carb Kale Frittata Recipe - Low Carb Breakfast


6 large eggs

1/4 cups heavy cream
1/4 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon butter
1 small onion
1 clove garlic, minced
8 leaves of kale, cut into ribbons
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Beat the eggs and whisk in the ricotta cheese and heavy cream. Add the black pepper and salt to the eggs and whisk in then set aside. In a medium frying pan add heat the oil and add the butter. Add the onions and cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minutes. Add the kale and cook for three minutes. Pour the egg mixture over the kale in the frying pan. When the outer edges of the eggs are cooked, top with grape tomatoes and sprinkle cheese over the frittata. Place the pan with the frittata in the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Kale is King

Monday, August 05, 2013

Okra and tomatoes


4 slices bacon
1 onion, chopped
3 cups sliced okra
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a heavy bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat, add the bacon. Render the bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and reserve. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 3 minutes.

Add the okra and tomatoes, making sure to add the reserved juice from the tomatoes to the saute pan. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes.

Notes: If needed, add water or chicken stock if the pan becomes too dry.

Can substitute EVOO for bacon and vegetable broth for chicken broth as well as adding a bell pepper and garlic. May serve as is or over brown rice.  May add chicken or sausage.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

My Hugo ballot - balloting is now closed.

Best Novel
12312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
2Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
3Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
5Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
4Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)
No Award
Best Novella
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
2The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
4On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
3San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant (Orbit)
1"The Stars Do Not Lie" by Jay Lake (Asimov's, Oct-Nov 2012)
5No Award
Best Novelette
5"The Boy Who Cast No Shadow" by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
4"Fade To White" by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
2"The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi" by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
1"In Sea-Salt Tears" by Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
3"Rat-Catcher" by Seanan McGuire (A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)
No Award
Best Short Story
2"Immersion" by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld, June 2012)
"Mantis Wives" by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
1"Mono no Aware" by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)
3No Award
Best Related Work
3The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge UP)
1Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press)
5Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press)
4I Have an Idea for a Book… The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box)
2Writing Excuses Season Seven by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson
No Award
Best Graphic Novel
4Grandville Bête Noire Written and Illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
3Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks Written by Joe Hill, Illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
1Saga, Volume One Written by Brian K. Vaughn, Illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia by Howard Tayler, Colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
2Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run Written by Paul Cornell, Illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)
5No Award
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
1The Avengers Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
2The Cabin in the Woods Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon, Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
3The Hunger Games Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
5Looper Screenplay & Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)
No Award
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
3Doctor Who: "The Angels Take Manhattan" Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
4Doctor Who: "Asylum of the Daleks" Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
5Doctor Who: "The Snowmen" Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
2Fringe: "Letters of Transit" Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)
1Game of Thrones: "Blackwater" Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)
No Award
Best Editor (Short)
5John Joseph Adams
1Neil Clarke
3Stanley Schmidt
2Jonathan Strahan
4Sheila Williams
No Award
Best Editor (Long)
3Lou Anders
4Sheila Gilbert
5Liz Gorinsky
1Patrick Nielsen Hayden
2Toni Weisskopf
No Award
Best Pro Artist
5Vincent Chong
3Julie Dillon
1Dan dos Santos
2Chris McGrath
4John Picacio
No Award
Best Fan Artist
4Galen Dara
3Brad W. Foster
1Spring Schoenhuth
2Maurine Starkey
5Steve Stiles
No Award
Best Fan Writer
4James Bacon
3Christopher J Garcia
1Mark Oshiro
2Tansy Rayner Roberts
5Steven H Silver
No Award
Best Semiprozine
5Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
4Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
1Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker
2Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams and produced/directed by Stefan Rudnicki
3Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman and Rebecca Cross
No Award
Best Fanzine
5Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
3The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia and James Bacon
4Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
2Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Emma J. King, Helen J. Montgomery and Pete Young
1SF Signal edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester
No Award
Best Fancast
2The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
4Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
5SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
3SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
1StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith
No Award
John W. Campbell Award
2Zen Cho *
3Max Gladstone
1Mur Lafferty *
4Stina Leicht *
5Chuck Wendig *
No Award

You can see there are a few things I absolutely would not like the Hugo Award to go to.
I was also persuaded that Throne of the Crescent Moon was terrific for a first novel but...
I don't know, they might have said that about Wool, my real first choice.  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

For Best Fan Writer of the Year

My vote is for Mark Oshiro.  He provides a fresh expressive look at the works that create fandom and an open friendly website community for others to participate in.  He reads books and watches TV shows almost completely unspoiled, and he brings a fresh perspective from his own personal experiences, allowing fans to fall in love with their favorite books and TV shows all over again.  By his detailed reactions to reading and viewing you can share his falling in love with works or his horror about the ideas expressed or the bad writing and execution.  Mark has personally created new readers and new fans and made some who felt excluded feel welcomed on his web site. Mark writes from the heart.

It all started with Mark meeting some nice fans at Comic Con who urged him to read Twilight.  He read and posted honest, open, very expressive, posts about his reactions, chapter by chapter. After the conclusion of, in his words, "the worst piece of fiction I have ever had the displeasure of reading"  he was urged to continue with the rest of the series and the movies and then other series and movies and TV series and that is now his schtick with his own web site.

Here is a typical post of his and the comments:  Mark Reads ‘The Sandman’: 7×01 – Brief Lives, Chapter 1

Mark Oshiro, and his fans in the comments, explains who he is and why he should win.

Why Mark became famous, taking down the Twilight series, this was before 2012 and is not the period under voting consideration.
I couldn't imagine that there would be anything worse than the dependency themes presented in New Moon and the complete disdain for female independence that reared its head time and time again.
I was wrong. Throughout Eclipse, we're presented with some of the most damaging, dangerous, and utterly offensive themes I have ever seen in popular culture. Women need men to be whole people. Marriage is an institution that demands respect, not because it is an act of love, but because it is a necessary transaction to complete the soul. There are distinct roles that men and women must follow or there is something deeply wrong with who they are.
Racism. Transphobia. Misogyny. Sexism. Xenophobia. Homophobia. Classism. It's the worst of the worst. It's like a buffet of all the terrible things that hurt this world and directly affect those who are oppressed by these institutions, by the minorities who lack the privilege that a rich, white, Mormon author exerts on a daily basis. And, at heart, that's what a lot of this book felt to me: A person who holds nearly every privilege in the world (no male privilege) rubs this in our faces at every single moment she can.
You aren't a real woman. You aren't a real man. You aren't worthy without a nice car. You aren't worthy unless your skin is white. You aren't worthy unless you believe in God, in marriage, in traditional gender roles, in the subjugation of the woman to the man, in everything that makes ME a worthy part of this world.
BLEEP you, Stephenie Meyer.
Because on top of all of this wankery and bullshit, you cannot BLEEPing write. If we remove every bit of wank you've subjected us to in the 629 pages of Eclipse, you have one of the most poorly written novels ever committed to paper left over. You lack an invigorating vocabulary. You have multiple errors that any amateur editor should have caught. You cannot develop and maintain interesting and consistent characters. You have no idea how to introduce a plot in any of your novels and, even if you were trying to experiment with an alternative narrative technique, you absolutely can't do that well either.
I've finished Eclipse. And I know this fits so well and is poetic brilliance, but I honestly feel this way. I'm not doing this just for the sake of it. But I can say this with 100% certainty:
As of right now, Eclipse is infinitely worse than Twilight and New Moon combined and is the worst piece of fiction I have ever had the displeasure of reading.

My second choice is Tansy Rayner Roberts. She writes and audio podcasts about fantasy and science fiction and pop culture and sexism and gender and has an academic background.  

Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That

Equality, Apparently, Doesn’t Mean Half [the National Year of Reading Edition]

My third is Christopher J Garcia. He is prolific at editing and writing for fanzines.

What It Is We Miss When We Don’t Read Fanzines

My fourth is James Bacon. He is an editor, along with Chis Garcia, and writer in the efanzine Journey Planet which had the Blade Runner issue.  The fan fiction Android Tears in the issue is his.

My fifth choice is Steven H Silver who is a fan writer and editor and reviewer who has been nominated for best fan writer eleven times without winning.  He founded the Sidewise Award for Alternate History

This is his 2012 fanzine Argentus.