Monday, December 7, 2015

JGE 47 – 22 More No-Knead Loaves – 66 A Habit Has Been Formed

Good Day,

Yes I have completed my habit forming challenge. I now have a No-Knead Bread habit.

I started this personal challenge on July 4th this past year and it has taken me 5 months to complete.

 “On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.”
Scientists Say It Only Takes 66 Days To Change Your Life, If You’re Strong Enough
Elite Daily, by Lauren Martin 
 “There’s no denying that we are, indeed, creatures of habit.”

This morning I baked, (and I ate some), of my 66th loaf.

Here’s an image summary of my last 22 loaves.

If you want to see the other 44 loaves link to and check – JGE 44 and JGE 43.

Check out JGE 41 – No Knead Bread - I Need!

And Jim's gotta eat. Enjoy.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

JGE 46 - No-Knead Breads - NOT A Fail. Period.

Good Day,

In JGE 45 I wrote that I thought my attempts, because of my screw-ups may have caused my new No-Knead loaves to have bombed.

Two loaves of bread fresh from the oven; White (left) and Whole Wheat Sourdough (right). Both No-Knead loaves #54 and #55.

Well I can say that # 54, a White loaf did NOT fail Period.

I thought I screwed up when I was baking the bread, but lunch certainly proved me wrong.

Lunch sandwich – Fresh slices from Loaf #54, Pork, Provolone, Pickles, and Mustard. Maybe I will succeed in this No-Knead Artisan Bread challenge.

And so the first tasting is done. Definitely not a loss. Next #55.

Jim's gotta eat. Enjoy,


JGE 45 – No-Knead Breads - Possible Fail

Good Day,

Guess I am trying to be an Artisan. But I may use (definitely not out of humility) a lowercase “a”, artisan.

The definition – A worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand; (of food or drink) made in a traditional or non-mechanized way using high-quality ingredients.

I have two No-Knead loaves in the oven.  And the bell on the time just went for the first 30 minutes. Means I have to take the tops off.

And I just noticed that I screwed up this morning. The oven reads 400° F. Should be 450°.

Well the tops go back on. Temperature goes up to 450° F, and in for an additional 10 more minutes.

And now I just noticed when the 10 minute bell chimed, I really screwed up. I panicked. I did not press the <Start> button on the oven.

At this rate Jim’s gonna starve. And if these do not work there’ll be another #54 and another #55.

On the left, a White loaf. On the right, a Whole Wheat Sourdough. Oh yes, I made my own starter; I call if Fred. Fred’s a couple months old and has been working tremendously well.

So I am supposed to wait sit and wait for another 15 minutes at 450° F. I am going to give in to a couple of more minutes.

And who ever said that trying to create a 66-times effort habit was not necessarily a chore may want to rethink their strategy. But I will not be getting my uppercase “A” in my road to enlightenment and artisanship-ness.

Oh yeah, I’ll let you know later…maybe never, whether loaves #54 and #55 ever turned out.  I just took them out of the oven.

They look good.

Loaf #54 - White

Loaf #55 - Whole Wheat Sourdough

Do they taste good?



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

JGE 44 - Next 22 No-Knead Loaves

Good Day,

I have now completed the second third of my habit making goal. I am creating, in me, a No-Knead Bread habit. Rule of thumb - 66 attempts creates a habit.

Here are the next 22.

I have now finished, and they have been eaten 44 loaves.  22 more to go.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

JGE 43 - 22 Most Wanted No-Knead Loaves

Good Day,

My No-Knead Bread array is 30% complete.  Jim's gotta eat.

22 loaves, 44 more to go.  66 to reach my flour and yeast habit. Jim's gotta eat.

Yes I use the same basic formula - 3 cups of flour; ½ teaspoon of yeast; 1 ½ teaspoons of salt; and 1 ½ cups of lukewarm water. Oven at 450° F. Covered La Cruset or covered Pyrex pots heated. 30 minutes covered; 15 minutes uncovered. Jim’s gotta eat.

Yes, I bend my basic recipe. White flour; whole wheat flour; hemp seeds; multi-grain flour; Kosher salt; sea salt; dried cranberries; raisins; cranberry juice. Jim’s gotta eat.

Similar loaves at Whole Foods Bakery - $4.99. 22 times - $109.78… Offset for expenses and ingredients, I may have saved $50.00. Jim’s gotta eat.

Loaf #23 - Cranberry Raisin -

Loaf #23 - Cranberry Raisin

And does Hillsborough County allow for chickens? Fresh bread and an omelet. Jim’s gotta eat.

Enjoy your day,