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Monday, August 16, 2010

Soaked Oats for Granola -- On Being a Follower

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"I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." ~henry rollins


it's weird how this blog has changed, evolved from a craft one to food to sometimes back to crafts to at least once a week photography {i use that term extremely loosely). i credit a lot of things for the ever changing posts -- my mood, my RSS feed/Google Reader, inspiration from twitter, foodgawker. pretty much anything and everything. in looking at my posts, it's safe to say i'm not a pioneer in anything that i do in this space. and i'm ok with that. too often i walk too fast and too hard in front of others, hellbent on being first and/or just.on.my.own. if you've been a faithful reader of this blog for the last 2+years (thank you if you have been, you're quiet but my stats do show your virtual footprints) you'll notice a trend in my cooking habits. i generally stick to the same cookbooks and/or tried & true food bloggers, following in their lead on grain soaking or traditional vietnamese dishes or delicious but cheap eats. call it whatever you want: habit or being a follower or smart cooking but whatever it is, it's alright to go along with the crowd.

as it is, this year i made the decision to alter my diet a smidge, be more conscious of what i consume, cut back on the carbs, exercise more (hello treadmill, you don't suck as bad as i thought. yoga & pilates? new companions.), be mindful of the ingredients i use in my baking & cooking. i've soaked grains a few times, to lackluster results but not bad enough that i wash myself of the process. i tried it again, this time for granola. tho i still used the dumping of pantry granola mentality, i followed shanalee's oat soaking method. next up? i might try my hand at soaking some grains for a few cookies i like... until then, kombucha anyone?

fyi: for this batch, i threw in dried cranberries & blueberries, slivered almonds, and coconut flakes. i also used agave syrup instead of sorghum syrup.

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