Learning about the Staff of Life

IMG_2334“The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, is a regional hub for eco-education that engages and empowers individuals and families. Through fun, hands-on activities, we teach practical, environmental solutions with impact at the household and community level.” from the Ecology Center website

And they were offering a class on Breadbaking by a well-known local blogger, Erik Knutzen, of Root Simple, who is also a Master Food Preserver from Los Angeles. I really wanted to learn more about bread and to meet another MFP.

The class was attended by about at least a dozen people. Erik did a great job of explaining all of the steps and reasons behind the recipe. Each person was able to get their hands dirty, or at least floury, making a batch of dough to take home. Following the directions and lessons learned in class, I made the loaf above. I baked it in my Le Creuset enamel pot after my husband replaced the knob with a ceramic one to withstand the 475° needed to bake a beautiful loaf.

And I did it again on Thursday!
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4 Responses to Learning about the Staff of Life

  1. Lorri says:

    Great to meet you at the bread baking class Cinda!
    Thank you so much for the jar of your kumkwat marmalade!
    It was amazing…like sunshine in a jar! Was looking at canning supplies today. I would like to take a class soon in basic jam canning!
    Lorri
    The Urban Farm & Garden FB Page

    • cinda webb says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Lorri. I checked out your FB page and it looks like you have a lot to keep you busy! I will let you know when the Master Food Preservers are doing a class or if the Ecology Center is hosting one.

      • Lorri says:

        Hi Cinda!
        Well, I canned my first kumkwat/orange marmalade yesterday!
        It’s sunshine in a jar. I posted pics on The Urban Farm & Garden:
        http://m.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Farm-Garden/175564625881648?id=175564625881648&_rdr

        Thanks so much for the inspiration! My friend and I are interested in a basic canning class for jams and/or veggies.
        Her mom showed us how to can the jam, but we would like to see others techniques. Please let me know when the class will be. Is there somewhere that I could check myself?

        Also, I would love to visit your garden sometime and have you be our spotlight gardener on my page. A picture and a few paragraphs about you, your interests and what you grow in your garden! Please contact me via my page or norefils@aol.com
        Thanks again!
        Lorri

        • cinda webb says:

          Hi Lorri,
          Glad the marmalade turned out! You can check out all about food preservation and upcoming classes on the UCCE Master Food Preserver webpage:
          ucanr.edu/sites/MFPOC
          It was good to hear from you.

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