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.