Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Culinary 3 Way= The Yeast Virgin,Mr. Artie Choke and Popeye


This is a yeast virgin. Historically, virgin referred to a young woman with no sexual experience (this is definately not a problem in her case, shhhh don't tell her husband), but in modern usage, the term can apply regardless of age or gender. Both historical and modern definitions vary in regard to what kind of sexual activity or experience determines virginity, and whether it is a physical, psychological, or spiritual state.

The term is also applied informally to non-sexual matters. The first journey of a ship might be called its maiden or virgin voyage. It is commonly used in reference to purity; olive oil is called virgin or extra-virgin if it comes from the first pressing and contains no refined oil. A similar connotation is moral purity due to inexperience; cocktails might be described as virgin when prepared without alcohol.

In this case....she is a yeast virgin. Someone who has not made a yeast raised bread. We now, however, can call her a Carb-Ho! Whilst visiting my house she got to reading Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. Can we make some bread, I am afraid of yeast, she says. So, we made.......................................................

Pump-Her-Nickel (pumpernickel) is a type of German bread traditionally made with rye meal. It is now often made with a combination of rye flour and whole rye berries.

She became affectionately known as the Carb-Ho when she went from yeast virgin to churning out 4 loaves of pump-her-nickel. Impressive for any beginner.

What better to go with pumpernickel than hot artie-choke and spinach (popeye)dip.

Did you know: At normal strength, Popeye appears capable of lifting or pressing approximately 4,000lb, when invigorated by spinach, he can lift or press about 36 tons.

7 comments:

Octavine Illustration said...

i just ate artichoke and spinach dip today, unfortunately without such tasty looking bread. it is one of my favorite snacks!~

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That little strumpet! I guess we'll forgive her. She made some damn fine looking bread! (Although, we may have to thow a few of those Hail Marys her way.) ;)

Cakespy said...

Better a yeast virgin than...you know...a yeast...infection. Oh my, did I really just say that? Oh my, it all looks so delicious!

k said...

Just lovely! I have baked bread with a friend...but never on my own. I do fear it a bit. Another one of those recipes that you must follow to the very detail. I'm terrible at that.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

Cake~I agree...eeeeeck, I get all itchy just think'n 'bout it.

K~all the recipes in that book are very forgiving. It is ALL no nead bread. The book is amazing and I highly recommend it! Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

Octavine~that is one of my favorite dips. This recipe is from CPK and I feel it is the best yet. I could eat a whole pan of it w/bread and blue and yellow organic corn chips!

Anonymous said...

Thank you again for my yeast lesson! The bread was even better than the picture! I am still a yeast virgin without help! There is probably some nasty sexual undertone there that we should leave alone - this is a family hour. Yes the bread was yummy but the dip was the bomb - run Popeye - you could not handle it!!! This adds new meaning to friendship bread - much better too!