Who’s Got Today Off?

That would be me!  I took the day off so Hannah and I could have lunch and go thrift shopping today!  She only has to work in the morning, then we are headed here for lunch and then thrift shopping!  Can’t wait! :D

I swear I took a picture of my breakfast yesterday, but it disappeared – but any faithful readers will be glad to know that I found the celery root I lost last week – I somehow thought it was a good idea to keep it in the shopping bag and hang it on the inside hook of my pantry – I really don’t know how my brain works sometimes!   Tony made me scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon bits (he makes the best eggs!) and I had 1/2 toasted bagel.

After an hour and a half of cleaning, I was hungry!  I had Hannah go on a Mr. Beefy run – she and I split a gyros and small fries:

I joined a bread baking group called HBin5 – which is Healthy Bread in Five – the cookbook by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.   I think they were making beet bread out of the book this week, but I wanted to start with the Master Dough.

Almost all the recipes called for vital wheat gluten – which after a couple stores I finally found – this bag is not cheap though – $9!  But I am hoping that most of the recipes only call for small amounts and a little will go a long way.

I got this bucket at a restaurant supply store – its perfect for storing this bread, which you can keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks!

I started this out in my mixer, but it soon became obvious that I was going to have to mix the dough by hand – I actually just wet my hand with water and incorporated all the flour.

it was too much for my mixer!

then it was ready to rise for two hours

after two hours it rose a lot!

At this point I heated my oven to 450 with my baking stone in the oven.  I used parchment paper to transfer to the stove.

I brushed with water and put black sesame seeds on top

after 20 minutes - done!

Hannah and I both loved it - Tony thought it had kind of a weird aftertaste

Hannah was going out with friends so I made her dinner a bit early – in fact Tony and I weren’t that hungry for our planned surf and turf so we’ll be having that tonight!  Hannah and I went to the library and I picked up this new cookbook:

When I got home I realized I had almost everything to make tofu egg rolls for Hannah – except I made some changes – I left out the mushrooms and subbed chicken breasts for the ground pork – but I had everything else! :D

Chicken and Shrimp Egg Rolls by Biz

  • 5 ounces firm tofu, pressed for 20 minutes
  • 6 ounces cooked shrimp
  • 6 ounces cooked chicken breast
  • 3 ounces been sprouts
  • 5 ounces chopped carrots
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 tablespoon szechwan sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet and sour sauce
  • 12 egg roll wrappers

Heat a non-stick skillet and cook shrimp until pink.  Remove and add chicken and cook until its white.  Add shrimp back in, all the vegetables and tufu and sauces – cook for about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat to cool slightly.

Have egg roll wrapper facing you like a diamond – put 2 ounces of mixture in each wrapper – with a mixture of 2 tablespoons flour to 1 tablespoon water – use the flour paste on all four sides – roll up and deep fry for 3 minutes at 375 degrees.

just cook the shrimp until its barely pink - it will cook again and you don't want rubbery shrimp

I love this stir fry sauce!

ready to roll!

I suppose at this point you could individually freeze them - I might do that with the remaining mixture

love the texture of these egg rolls - so crunchy!

I ate one with Hannah while she sipped on her traditional holiday drink.  Ever since Joe and Hannah were little we got them bottles of sparkling grape juice!

I didn’t get hungry until 10:00!  Tony made me a grilled cheese sandwich and that hit the spot – hey Marissa – he added Tabasco to the butter so it was a Tabasco grilled cheese – so good!!

So after another day of less than stellar eats, no surprise what my grade was for yesterday!

Goals for this week:

  • exercise 45 minutes at least 5 days
  • drink my water
  • maybe eat less cheese :(
  • more fruits and veggies!

If you have today off, I hope its a good one!  :D  And thanks to Tastespotting and Foodgawker who both published my breakfast pizza yesterday – yippee! :D

Oh, and today is the last day to enter my giveaway – winner will be announced tomorrow morning – good luck! :D

ALMOST FORGOT!  It was one year ago today Hannah got her big surprise! I still tear up when I watch this video! :D

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26 thoughts on “Who’s Got Today Off?

  1. The bread looks spectacular with the black sesame seeds! And the egg rolls are so yummy! I also loved your celery root soup with lemon zest from the previous post!

  2. fitandfortysomething

    I like your goals for the week.

    Have a great day with your daughter. The restaurant looks great!

  3. Your bread looks fantastic! What a great crust and crumb.

    Those egg rolls look delicious! That cookbook sounds like something I should look into. I love cooking with tofu and it’s really cool that the recipes aren’t completely vegetarian. Tofu should be for everyone!

    To be fair, I don’t think your eats look that bad. It seems like you are using calorie count, which I used to use as well. But it says things like brown rice aren’t that great for you and doesn’t take into account things like whole grains very well. So I take it with a grain of salt!

  4. Beautiful bread Biz! I adore making bread by hand – just love the feel of it under my palms when I’m kneading it.

  5. Your bread looks good. I don’t think I could use calore counter as I don’t like the fact they grade you. I don’t want to feel like I’m back in school :-)

  6. I love, love, love my Healthy Bread in 5 Min book!

    I was bad & jumped right in instead of starting with the master recipes, but I also have the regular 5 min bread book & have made that master so I figured ‘close enough’ right? lol

    I like to freeze the 1 lb loaves because we just won’t eat that much bread in the allotted time. Thawing & then reheating on the stone works really well.

    So far I’ve only made the Wheat & Flax bread but I’m planning on trying the berry bread this week.

    Hot sauce grilled cheese sounds excellent! :)

    Have a great week!
    Lynn

  7. The bread looks amazing as did your eggrolls! YUMMY.

  8. Have a great day off with Hannah! I haven’t been to Nozumi yet, but as soon as we can afford it, we’re going!

  9. I am dying over how great your bread looks! Going gluten-free for 3 months will do that to you. You are so super talented in the kitchen!

    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog! I really appreciate it.

  10. Eat less cheese?!? That just doesn’t sound right in a Bizzy world! I love the tabasco/butter for the grilled cheese – nummers!!!

    Your bread looks outstanding. Can’t wait to see everything else you come up with from that group.

    I remember that video – such a cool thing that you and Tony did for Hannah. Can’t believe it’s been a year!

  11. A whole cookbook for tofu… think of the trees lost forever for that

    But love the bread!

  12. When I first read your title I thought it said “Who got laid off” and my heart STOPPED! Sheesh, lady!!

    Those eggrolls look awesome – I agree, the texture is cool! I’m jealous of your restaurant supply store! I need to go to one, once I win the lotto that is!

  13. Have fun with Hannah today! :)

  14. Your egg rolls look great, I bet I would like tofu that way. For now, I’ve still just used tofu in my muffin batter!

    And, the bread looks awesome too!

    Have fun with Hannah today!

  15. I got a snow day today also. I have the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day–Love it! Great photos. They are foodtastic!

  16. That bread looks amazing. I think if I made a loaf of home baked bread I would eat the whole thing so maybe I should avoid it :)

  17. I wish I could make bread that looked as pretty as yours!!!

  18. I missed all kinds of good food this weekend, and I’m trying to catch up. I love potato soup. I use celery, but have never seen celery root.

  19. I completely understand why one thing you loved about your weekend was that bread – YUM!! What is it about grilled cheese that just hits the spot? Your eggrolls look fantastic! Hope you enjoyed your day off!!

  20. you were so productive on your day off!!! congrats on your breakfast pizza making it on those very-critical sites!

  21. Grilled cheese is one of those things that I love, but never think to make. Yum.

    I had today off too. Wasn’t it nice? I love having a day off that most people don’t. It’s so much easier to be productive.

  22. Oh wow. BOTH foodgawker and Tastespotting? Congrats, Biz!! Honestly, I have gotten so many declines about my “composition” and “not sharp image” that it drives me nuts. haha, so being accepted is such a big deal!

    Every time I look at egg rolls, I think of you now! Remember the BSI: corn? Hm, I wonder who won that…? ;-p

  23. I’ve been reluctant to pay the price of vital wheat gluten, but lately I’ve been finding lots of recipes that calls for it… might just have to bite the bullet! Your bread looks delicious.

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