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Super Seedy Wholemeal Wholefoods Multigrain Bread

Super Seedy Wholemeal Wholefoods Multigrain Bread

The Wholefood Collective | April 9, 2019

 

Hi, I’m Kellie. I’m a wife, midwife and mum to 4 beautiful rapidly growing boys. I’ve always loved to cook and entertain and feed my friends and family. My husband jokes that no one leaves our house hungry, ever.

My food journey changed dramatically when my second child was 6 weeks old. At this point, my settled, beautiful baby started to scream and not sleep, at all. It turns out he was basically allergic to the universe. His reactions ranged from anaphylaxis to intolerances, to foods, food chemicals, additives, colourings, preservatives, and on and on.

Until he was 18 months old there were only about 8 foods he could tolerate and that I could eat while breastfeeding. My learning curve with food started a massive turnaround to all our lives. I have no formal training but lots of life experience at creating and adapting recipes that he and I could eat.

Wholegrain BreadThankfully now he has grown out of most of his allergies and has undergone desensitisation for his most serious allergies at the Royal Children’s Hospital, to which he is slowly responding.

Somewhere along the line, I must have done something right because, in complete contrast to most kids with allergies, he loves food. He is adventurous in trying new things, never passing up a chance to try something new.

Now, thankfully, I can mostly just play around with food to create healthier options for my family. To make food that fills them, fuels them, and fits into our ever-tight budget.

This bread is so full of goodness, everyone in our family loves it. It freezes fantastically and is great for school lunches, toasted and salad sandwiches. It is real bread, to me, it’s how bread should be.

 

Ingredients

1 ¼ cup warm water
40g honey
10g yeast
170g wholemeal flour
100g rye flour
2 tsp salt
170g wheat flour (organic if you have it)
50g rolled oats
35g flaxseeds
25g sunflower seeds
30 g pepitas
30g melted butter

 

Method

Multigrain Bread Process1. 1 ¼ cup warm water, 43g honey, 10g yeast
Combine in a large bowl to activate yeast while measuring other ingredients.
(I do it in the Kenwood with dough hook). Set aside (preferably in a warm spot) for 3-5 min should go bubbly….

2. Weigh out: 170g wholemeal flour, 100g rye flour, 2 tsp salt
Then add to activated yeast. Mix together

3. Weigh out: 50g oats, 35g flaxseeds, 25g sunflower seeds, 30g pepitas, 28g butter, melted, cooled slightly
Add to other ingredients in  mixing bowl and mix

4. Weigh out 170g wheat flour.
Add gradually until dough comes together into a ball, not sticking to the sides.
This is the tricky part in bread making, all flours absorb water slightly differently, just gradually add extra flour/water until the dough comes together in a nice smooth ball. Temperature and humidity can also affect the absorption, so just trust yourself, if it needs more add more….

Multigrain Bread Process 25. Knead in mixer 3-4 min. Remove from bowl and shape into a ball.

6. Oil the mixing bowl lightly, then place back in. Score top, cover and leave to rise.

7. When the mixture has doubled in size, knock down, shape, place in a loaf pan to rise again.

8. When it has risen above the edge of the pan bake in a preheated oven (200*C) for 25 min.

 

Notes
I always double this mixture to make two loaves at a time and freeze some for toast and later in the week.

While the recipe looks complicated, it’s pretty forgiving and most of the time it’s ignored in the corner while rising.

My 3 yr old loves to “help” measuring out, get your little ones in the kitchen, too!

 

Thanks to our community member, Kellie, for this fantastic recipe.

Share your wholefoods recipe with us on Instagram with #myTWC

 

Biodynamic Vs Organic

Biodynamic Vs Organic

The Wholefood Collective | January 16, 2019

Confession time. I don’t claim to be something I’m not, so let’s just get that clear up front before we talk biodynamics 😉

I’m no expert. I’m a person (and mother) who just wants to eat real food, and for our family to avoid the plethora of chemicals being thrown our way these days.

Being a non-expert is why I’ve surrounded myself with a solid team who are! I can lean on them for expertise when I need. And I sure looove to learn about this stuff.

So I had an embarrassing moment last year when our Head of Product, Jo was talking to me about biodynamic food. I chimed in and implied that biodynamic food was just a different kind of ‘organic’.

Wrong.

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We kinda ‘get’ organic food, right?

No pesticides, herbicides and basically nothing nasty being used in any step of the process at all (including soil preparation, growing and harvesting). If it’s certified organic, well that’s another level up that demands stringent control the whole way through from the farmer to the shop.

Organic farming can be defined by a commitment to the principles of health, ecology, fairness and care.

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But what’s with the new term – Biodynamic? What’s it mean? Is it just another buzz word?

I remember calling our banana flour farmers one day – Rob and Krista (FYI – they’re hard core biodynamic farmers). I asked them if they were going to go down the certified organic route. Krista said “No, we’ve decided not to do that”. She then launched into a spiel about biodynamics

I could feel her passion oozing through the phone. They are lovers of the land I tell you!

If like me, you want a basic breakdown of the differences, let me lay it out for you…

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First, the similarities.

Like organic farmers, biodynamic farmers use nothing that would disrupt our endocrine system, our environment or our health.

They rely on natural ways to combat insects and disease, and it goes without saying there’s no pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilisers, synthetic chemicals, growth promotors, hormones or GMO’s.

Food from either farmer will be much better for us, and the Earth.

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Now, the difference.

Biodynamics is another step along the ‘intentional and respectful farming’ path.

The main principle of biodynamic farming is that the entire farm exists as a single entity without the need for outside inputs. In other words, where an organic farm may purchase organic seeds or organic feed for livestock, a biodynamic farm must produce everything right there on the farm.

Biodynamic farmers:

  • Look at the land holistically. Animals, plants and the solar system are considered living, interrelated systems.
  • Believe that much like how the moon affects the tides, astrological influences also affect the growing phases of planting and harvesting. They follow complex stellar calendars that chart the influences of the moon and other planets.
  • Enrich the soil (instead of depleted as with other forms of farming) by carefully observing nature’s rhythms. Biodynamic agriculture uses preparations made from minerals and herbs – much like homeopathy. They’re used to enhance the compost applied to the fields, and intensify the sunlight permeated into the plant.

Pretty amazing, huh?

Biodynamic practices create healthier plants, and heal the earth by replenishing the soil and adding vitality to the plant, soil and/or livestock.

Here’s a cool infographic for those visual people (like me)…

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Now that I’m sufficiently enthused and wanting to go on a biodynamic farm stay to learn more, check out these awesome biodynamic products TWC offers:

 

 

Want to improve your gut health? Our Biodynamic Green Banana Flour Multi-Fibre is the richest source of resistant starch ever found on Earth! It was such a discovery that our QLD farmers – Natural Evolution, were invited to present a TEDx talk! I found it enthralling. Hope you love it.

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Check out farmer Krista’s TEDx talk, and CSIRO clip on why resistant starch is amazing for your gut.

Left: TEDx Talk Right: CSIRO Clip

 

10 Low-Fuss Christmas Treats

10 Low-Fuss Christmas Treats

The Wholefood Collective | November 21, 2018

Looking to whip up some Christmas treats but don’t have heaps of time to prep?

As I wrote that, I questioned whether anybody has heaps of time to prep this stuff at Christmas time.

Feast on this time-friendly list of Christmas treats that are deeelish, and won’t have you missing out on the Christmas festivities with your loved ones.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas from all of us at TWC! x

 

Spiced Chickpea, Cashew & Kale Mix

Spiced Kale and Nuts Mix
Mango Elderflower Tonicka Kombucha Ice Blocks

Kombucha Ice Pops

Lime and Coconut Popsicles

Coconut Lime Popsicles Recipe
Chocolate Coated Banana Nice Cream Bars

Chocolate Coated Banana Nice Cream & Caramel Bars

Salted Caramel Bliss Ball Recipe

Mango Macadamia Balls

Five Ingredient Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls

Spelt Ginger Snap Cookies

Whole Food Spelt Ginger Snap Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Maple Candied Nuts

Maple Candied Nuts

8 Summer Salads for Your Christmas Table

8 Summer Salads for Your Christmas Table

The Wholefood Collective | November 21, 2018

Oh I LOVE that here in Australia we get to devour fresh summery salads at Christmas time!

Christmas is fresh flavours, swimming, relaxing on a hammock, and of course family and friends.

Take your pick from this bunch of glorious Christmassy salads this year.

And Merry Christmas!

xx

Spring Pea & Freekeh Salad

Spring Detox Salad

Spring Detox Salad

Bruschetta Salad with Seed Bread Croutons

Bruschetta Salad with Seed Bread Croutons
Millet Corn Spinach Lemon Salad

Lemony Millet Salad with Sweetcorn and Spinach

Strawberry Rocket Avocado Salad with Candied Pecans

Strawberry Avocado Rocket Salad with Caramelized Pecans
Quinoa Nectarine Salad

Quinoa and Nectarine Salad

Jewelled Persian Rice Salad

 Jewelled Persian Rice Salad

Beetroot, Spinach and Caper Salad with Creamy Dressing

Beetroot, Spinach and Caper Salad

9 Nourishing Breakfasts for the Silly Season

9 Nourishing Breakfasts for the Silly Season

The Wholefood Collective | November 21, 2018

Christmas breakfast.

The meal of the day that often gets the least thought.

And between you and me, when I HAVE gone to the trouble of making a special Christmas breakfast, we’re always left feeling over-fed, and I’m tired before I even start the day!

So, we’ve declared easy and light Christmas breakfasts for the win!

I’ve personally made each and every one of these breakfasts and can vouch for their winning-ness.

Merry Christmas to you all, from all of us.

Laini x

 

Delicious Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding

Brown rice breakfast pudding

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Easy & Omega Rich Chia Pods

Besan Chickpea Flour Vegan Omelette

Protein Pancake: Besan Vegan Omelette

Super Fluffy Superfood Pancakes

Super Fluffy Superfood Pancakes
Baked apple pancake recipe with cream

Breakfast Baked Apple Pancakes

Thermomix Buckwheat and Blueberry Pancakes

Vegan Buckwheat Banana Blueberry pancakes Recipe
Banana Quinoa Protein Pancakes

Gluten-Free, Protein Packed Quinoa Banana Pancakes for One

Gluten & Dairy-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes
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