I live in northwest Florida, USA – near Pensacola. I rescued this turtle in April 2017 when I found him abandoned in a building on my property. I joined some online turtle groups to learn about how to take care of him and to try to find him a forever home. I have learned through one of these groups that in Florida this breed of turtle is a conditional species non native and you must have a permit in order to have this turtle with some exceptions which are if you had the turtle prior to July 1, 2007. So now I think I need to find someone with a permit in order to get this turtle a new home. FWC Regulations and FWC permit
I wrote a post in April about making sourdough starter from my harvested kombucha yeast. I said I would post after I made the bread but I didn’t. I have made three batches of bread and two batches of pancakes since I wrote that post in April. The first bread I made was a rock. The second batch was good, much better but still heavy, the third batch was the charm – as they say. I made up my own recipe for the third batch and it was excellent! The best part is it was enough for two loaves so I made one loaf and froze the other. I did it as an experiment to see if it will freeze and then bake up as good as the first loaf. The pancakes that I wrote about in the post in April were excellent and the second batch was even better, they freeze well.
To make the starter you just drain off sediment that is in bottom of jar and some kombucha – if you have 1 cup liquid use 1 cup flour. Pour mixture into jar and cover with woven cotton cloth, not cheese cloth because weave is too loose – gnats will crawl through loosely woven fabric- use tightly woven cotton fabric. Let set on kitchen counter about 24 hours – depends on temperature of kitchen. It will be bubbling. It is ready for using but will be even better if you use it for your mother and keep adding liquid and flour each day for several days. That way you can take some for recipe and still have the mother. If I’m not going to use it for a few days I put a lid on it tightly and refrigerate jar. When refrigerated you are “supposed to be able to” feed only once a week. I forgot to feed my starter that I had been using and feeding for several months but I forgot and on the 8th day I decided to take it out of refrigerator and let it get going again so I fed it, then waited a few hour – nothing was going on – I fed again and waited – by the next day I realized it was dead so I had to start over again with new kombucha harvested yeast and kombucha.
The pancake recipe:
Kombucha Sourdough Hotcakes
The night before you want to make these pancakes
Mix 1 cup of active sourdough starter (not cold from refrigerator – take out a couple day before you will use it and feed it twice a day so that it is very active,) 2 cups warm spring or filtered water, 2-1/2 cups flour (I used mixture of white and wholewheat flour,) 2 tbsp sugar, stir all together until smooth, cover and leave on counter top over night. The next morning it should be actively bubbling.
Mix together 2 tbsp ground flax seeds, 6 tbsp warm water, 2 tbsp oil (I use olive oil but you could use any oil you like taste of) 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda. Then add to your bubbling starter mixture and stir well and then let this pancake batter sit for about 10 minutes, heat griddle and stir the batter once again, then drop spoonfuls of the batter onto hot griddle at a size you like. Leave about 3 minutes or until golden brown, flip, then let cook about 3 minutes or until golden brown, and remove to a warming pan. This recipe makes about 20 to 25 griddle cakes that are about 4″ to 5″ diameter. These freeze extremely well but be sure they are completely cool before freezing otherwise ice crystals may form.
The bread recipe – 3rd time is the charm recipe
2-1/2 cups active kombucha starter
1 cup filtered/spring water
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp kosher coarse salt
In a bowl mix flour and salt set aside. Warm the water to about 95 F and add active dry yeast – set aside. I a bowl add the starter and the water with active dry yeast and olive oil, stir, add flour mixture a little at a time, bring dough together and knead. Place in greased bowl, place in the oven (oven is off and cold) on top shelf, on bottom shelf put a pan of steaming hot water and close the oven door. Let dough rise for about 1 hour, it should be double in size. The punch down, knead, and place in pan that it will be baked in, let rise until double again. Bake in 350 F oven with the water pan in oven for about 40 minutes, check to be sure of the internal temperature is between 190 F and 210 F
I also found by experimenting that I can let it set out on counter for first rise, it takes longer – it took about 6 hours – I had on counter top in a bowl covered by another bowl large enough that it won’t touch when is raises. Then when it was doubled I knocked down, kneaded, divided into two loaves and froze it. Then when I want to bake a loaf I take it out of freezer, remove from plastic bag, place in greased glass loaf pan, cover with a container large enough to cover without it touching when it doubles. It take about 6 hours to thaw and raise double – maybe longer depending on room temperature – then bake in hot oven until internal temperature is about 210 F.
1 TBSP ground flax
½ cup TVP
1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
1 cup of the black bean liquid from cooking pot
3 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (http://www.marthastewart.com/258132/homemade-vegan-worcestershire-sauce )
2 tbsp olive oil
Mix the above ingredients, set aside.
Then mix together the following ingredients until mixed well.
3 cups mashed cooked black beans
1 cup pureed baked butternut squash
½ cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tbsp minced dried onion
1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ cup dried shitake bits and powder
1 grated fresh carrot
4 chopped fresh scallions
¼ cup chopped fresh chives
¼ cup salsa verde
1 tbsp cilantro ( omit if you don’t like cilantro )
Then add the first mixture into the 2nd mixture, mix well together.
Then add the last ingredient, 1.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats [not instant]
Mix all well and cover, refrigerate for about 1 hour, then remix and let set another hour.
This will keep in refrigerator for several days and it freezes well too.
Then form into patties for burgers and pan grill or bake with a little oil on both sides.
It also makes great breakfast patties or scramble for tacos, burritos, or other such dishes.
A couple months ago I decided to try harvesting yeast from my kombucha vessel to make sourdough bread.
I made the starter but instead of making the bread I made sourdough pancakes – AWESOME pancakes!
They were so good that I froze them individually and I ate them only on Sunday mornings until they ran out.
So now that I just bottled a batch of kombucha and am ready to make another batch I decided to clean out the vessel and harvest the yeast. I brew in 2 gallon glass vessel with dispensing spigot. I’ve made about three batches of kombucha since I last cleaned out the vessel, so that’s what I did this afternoon and the sourdough starter is already bubbly. I will post again after I make the bread.
It takes me awhile to get around to doing some things and this was one of those things. Someone, years ago, suggested that I offer kits in my ETSY shop. I have thought about offering kits but just never followed through with cultivating the idea until now. I currently have four kits that I offer. I would be glad to put together a kit for any of the other items in my shop or even an idea in your imagination if you want to buy it, so never hesitate to ask me if I can make a custom kit for you, I would be glad to!
Read all the details for each kit, see the links to listing in my ETSY shop below.
Kit for Patchwork Coffee Bag Purse *** this one includes two tutorials
And I am in the process of producing a new tutorial for my most popular tote, the 5- panel unlined tote, I will use the bull feedbag tote as the star of the show.
I will also soon have kits with tutorial available for the recycle bins that I make, so visit often!
If you have any question before or after you purchase kit please contact me with the Etsy Conversation feature. I also invite you to visit my website for other information including contact information, http://www.maggiescorner.org
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I have posted new information on my website http://maggiescorner.org/ about a promotion that I am starting to encourage recycling; you can win a gift.
There are some feed bags that are more popular than other bags such as the Tucker Goat Feed Bags that qualify to win a gift. For every 10 Tucker Goat Feed Bags that you recycle with me you will receive one of the totes I make from those bags. See the tote in my Etsy Store Here: Maggie’s Etsy Shop Goat Feed Tote
The feed bags must be empty with no animal excrement or mold inside or outside of the bag.
If you have other feed bags or coffee bags that you want to recycle, contact me to see if they qualify for any similar chance to win a tote, or if you want to have a tote made contact me for a price, if you want to make your own I also sell pattern tutorials in my Craftsy Tutorial Shop.
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