You win some, you lose some. That was the case with last night's dinner. First, the win. I'm testing a few recipes by Zel Allen (author of The Nut Gourmet) for her new book, starting with this vibrant Harvest Succotash:
Isn't it gorgeous? The green beans are a mix of limas and edamame, creating a fun twist on an old classic. This dish came together in less than 40 minutes, and it made a ton. I'll be eating plenty of succotash over the next few days.
Now for the lose. I really thought fresh wheat bread would be a great accompaniment to the succotash. I recently purchased a gently-used Sunbeam bread machine from Poopie Bitch for $20. She was about to sell it in a yard sale, but I snatched it up first. I've always wanted a bread maker.
The machine came with a little recipe book, which contained instructions for Whole Wheat Bread. It called for plain ole' whole wheat flour, and that really didn't sound right. I always thought bread machines required special bread flour. But I tossed in the whole wheat flour as instructed. I let the machine do its thing while I was at work Tuesday, and I came home to this:
What a sad, inflated loaf of bread, right? Not sure what happened, but next time I'll try whole wheat BREAD flour instead. Though the bread looked crappy, it didn't affect the taste or texture. I spread this slice with a little Earth Balance and garlic salt and enjoyed it with Zel's tasty succotash.