Why is it so exciting to make everyday items from scratch?
I’m talking about things that people buy at the store without even thinking about it. Bread. Crackers. Cereal and granola. Hummus. Salad dressing. My guess is that people are so used to buying these items that they do not think about or maybe even know what they are made from anymore. Think about it. What is ranch dressing? “Creamy white stuff with ranch flavouring” is not good enough. I had to look up what went into ranch dressing, and I had a hard time finding a true recipe. Most recipes would only go so far as to tell you to mix together some yogurt and a ranch seasoning packet from Hidden Valley. Bah.
I have also run into this sort of forgetfulness when I make my own granola. In two separate incidences, each of my two roommates happened to walk into the kitchen while I was making a batch of granola. They asked what I was making, and I told them. Their responses were almost identical, “You can MAKE granola?! I didn’t know people did that”. I was not sure how to politely point out that of COURSE it is possible to make granola…anything at the grocery store has been MADE. It didn’t just poof into existence at the grocery store, pre-packaged. I would also like to mention that both of my roommates are also in pharmacy and far from being unintelligent.
Ok, enough lecturing. For some reason I find it exciting to make things that most people, including myself, just buy at the grocery pre-made. I’ve made breads, granolas, English muffins, bagels, Lofthouse-style sugar cookies, hummus, and much more. However, I had never even thought of attempting crackers. It seemed impossible.
Well, I found this recipe, and I was tempted. Whole wheat crackers, and judging from the picture, they were indistinguishable from store-bought crackers. I had to try them.
Try them, I did! I split the batch in two, and added rosemary to half. I rolled out and baked the rosemary ones before I moved on to the second batch, to see if I needed to make any changes. It was good that I waited, because I definitely did not roll these thin enough! They came out more like little pillows than crackers. But they still are quite edible, so I am not too upset. The rosemary was lovely.
Moral of this recipe: Roll these as thin as you can. Don’t worry about a measurement, just keep making it thinner.
Next time I will tell you what flavor I experimented with, and show you how my second batch turned out. Stay tuned.