Time to make a brief foray into recipes again for the moment... We'll get back to seedlings soon enough. My roommate introduced me to the idea of whole grain yogurt. Apparently it was a favorite of hers when she lived in London, where you could get it at the supermarket. I decided to try to make my own the other day, and I think it will become a staple in my diet from now on! The nutty, chewy grains are a welcome new twist on the idea granola. Try it out with whatever whole grains you have on hand.
-Whole grains (mix and match; I used whole wheat berries, barley, steel-cut oats, brown rice, and millet)
-Spices (such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger)
-Fresh fruit (this varies seasonally, but I love it with apples right now)
-> Combine equal amounts of all whole grains in a large sauce pot. Add twice as much water as you have grains (like you would cook rice). Add honey and spices to taste. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook approximately 30 minutes or until all water is absorbed *trying not to peek*! Remove from heat and allow to set about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Add warm grains to fresh yogurt. Add fresh fruit as desired. Enjoy!
~*TIP: If you want to try to make your own yogurt, follow these simple instructions: Scald a half-gallon of milk (at least 2% milk fat) mixed with about 1/4 cup dry milk powder on stove to about 180 degrees F. Pour into a ceramic container (an unplugged crock pot will work) and let cool covered until temperature falls to 110-115 degrees F. Stir some of the warm milk into about 1/2 cup of yogurt. Pour yogurt-milk mix back into the rest of the milk. Cover and then wrap in a blanket. Let sit about 8 hours. When you unwrap it, you'll have yogurt!*~