It's overcast, brown and chilly out there.
It's official, our pasture grasses are gone. The sheep and cattle are on hay now.
"munch munch munch"
This is the children this morning. Today is especially stormy outside. A good day for keeping in your footy pajamas and getting dragged around the house!
It's also a good day for granola. Actually I decided to make a batch of granola just after I kneaded our bread dough. It's so chilly that I knew it would have a very difficult time rising without some sort of cozy heat source. "Baking in the oven creates a very cozy heat, let's bake something!"
The dough rising on the oven top:
Here is my granola recipe. I've been making it forever, adapted from the one in a cookbook called How it all Vegan. Since I was vegetarian far longer than I have been a meat eater, I still have more veg cookbooks on my shelf than meaty ones!
In a great big bowl, mix:
12 cups oats
2 cups sunflower seeds
3/4 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup flax seeds
1 T cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar (the original recipe calls for twice that)
1 and 1/4 cup olive oil
1 and 1/2 t salt
Pour it on a baking sheet. I fill 3 baking sheets for this recipe. Bake at 350 for around 10 minutes. Every oven I've baked this in cooks at different times. Check it and don't let it start getting black on the edges. Interestingly, the original recipe calls for baking it for 30 minutes. My very first batch ever was black!
I like to add raisins to mine. The original recipe also called for 3/4 cup chopped almonds to be added before baking, which is really delicious! But who can afford to buy almonds anymore.