I may have mentioned that I love soup.
Mon mari likes (not loves) soup for lunch with his sandwich, but if I serve it for dinner, which I normally do the day I make it, he has to be bribed with bread.
Because he, according to him and in his own words, has ‘no willpower at all’, especially when it comes to fresh, homemade bread, I only make bread that I can make in a sufficiently small quantity so as not to tempt unduly.
Wow, that was a long sentence….
In other words, I make biscuits. I have cut the recipes back so that I only get 6 biscuits: 3 for him, 2 for me and 1 for the dogs.
To make it really easy, I make drop biscuits….. No rolling or kneading, just stir, drop and bake.
The egg and 3 tsp of baking powder make these raise quickly and get quite large and light.
These are the biscuits I made to go with the Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Oatmeal Drop Biscuits
Total time: 20 minutes
- 1/2 cup (2.25oz, 70gr) white all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (2.1oz, 65gr) whole wheat flour or all white
- 1/2 cup (1.5oz, 45gr) oatmeal
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbs butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs honey
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) milk
- Combine flours, oatmeal, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir well to combine.
- Add the butter and cut in with a pastry cutter, fork or 2 knives until well blended.
- In another bowl whisk egg lightly.
- Add milk, honey and whisk lightly.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined.
- Dividing the dough into 6ths, spoon onto nonstick or lightly greased baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes at 400F (200C) oven or until lightly browned.
- Remove and serve immediately.
I have another guest post written by Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer.
We have a new ‘Bio’ store here (that’s pronounced ‘bee-o’ for those who want to know).
I get very confused by how they use the term in Britain as non-bio means non-biological which means no added enzymes which means it’s good. See why I’m confused?
Here in France Bio means organic which means good – even if it’s not pretty.
Why Embrace an Organic Lifestyle?
Americans are moving toward a higher consciousness about the nutritional quality of our food and where it comes from. Research shows that our main areas of concern are pesticides, hormones, and heavy metals, which can be found in conventionally raised foods. The environment is another growing area of interest; millennials are a more ethical, meaning-inspired bunch whose love for the environment leads them to be more aware about the environmental sacrifices made and to find ways to reduce them.
What Does the Organic Lifestyle Involve?
Because the pillars of the organic movement are ethical in nature, it involves far more than simply consuming organic foods. The modern buyer is interested in other industries, including ethical fashion, featuring products made with a minimum use of chemicals and limited impact on the environment. Often, clothing is made from materials such as organic cotton, which has been cultivated according to established organic farming guidelines.
The movement also extends to organic skincare and hair care. Creams, serums, and organic hair dyes which are natural yet effective, are meeting a big demand for products that boast the same quality as conventional varieties without polluting our waterways, irritating our skin, or overloading our system with toxins.
A Growing Demand for Organic Food
‘Seasonal’, ‘farm-to-table’, and ‘zero-kilometre cuisine’ are the buzzword in the global gastronomic industry for various reasons. Firstly, savvy diners demand the superior flavor and texture of organically grown foods. Secondly, recent studies have revealed that organic foods have significantly higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of metals such as cadmium, than their conventionally grown counterparts.
Antioxidants are vital for the health of our body and skin, since they help protect cells against the effects of free radicals – the molecules produced when our body is exposed to smoke and UV rays, as well as when we break down food.
Free radicals can harm our heart, and are also linked to cancer, so it is important to consume healthy fruits and vegetables to keep these diseases at bay.
The Organic Lifestyle is Easier than Ever to Pursue
Organic foods may be slightly more expensive than non-organic items, yet their effect on our health make them a wise investment. Today, the high demand for these foods mean that they are usually available in farmer’s markets and some supermarkets.
Those interested in pursuing this lifestyle should do the required research and ask for recommendations from friends and social media networks, to build a list of local suppliers they can rely on for everything from skincare to food products.
Going organic encompasses all aspects of life: from the businesses you choose to support, right through to your choice of family restaurants. By pursuing this lifestyle, you will not only enjoy greater health, but also rest assured that you are doing the best for the planet we call home.