Jun 30

Bread, Breakfast, & Jackson Pollack

Weekends are for wandering.


But don’t get lost.

I did lose a car key… but I had a spare!  I have no idea where it is.  This is not at all relevant to this wandering post.. My weekend started out strong with an attempt at homemade bread on Friday morning.  I had bookmarked Sarena’s gluten-free bread recipe when she shared it on Lindsay’s blog weeks ago.  I have a fear of making yeast bread, but I’d had bread made by Sarena before and couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

The flavor was great, but I think the chef was to blame for the too-dense texture.  Sarena’s recipe says to use a mixer.  I used my hands.  Next time I’ll try whipping the eggs first to get some air in!  Or I may crash my mom’s house to use her mixer. ;)

Gluten-Free Bread

Friday afternoon bro-day workout (chest and biceps) in an almost-empty gym.

In my new favorite shirt.  Tee hee. Let's drink


Back to work to wrap things up and get to happy hour!  I got to try a new spot, Ration and Dram, that I liked a lot.  The service was great and I had a delicious glass of cab!

Side note: I’m really loving the LINECamera app for editing! Ration & Dram


We decided to get dinner at one of my favorite spots.  Only they changed chefs and it’s not so good anymore.  I’m really sad… this was like my Cheers at one point.  At least the service is still top-notch.

It was hard not to laugh when we saw that they apparently hired Jackson Pollack‘s murderous brother to plate the food… the only other choice was to cry.

Woodfire plating disaster


Breakfasts were really good this weekend.  I made a savory version of my cauliflower pancakes, adding cumin, garlic, and cayenne.  

Inspired by Friday’s #strangebutgood recipe, they were topped with peach salsa.  And #yolkporn.   It worked really well.  The pancakes were maybe even better than the sweet version. Savory Cauliflower Pancakes


Sunday morning’s breakfast was really good too.  When you bake a loaf of bread that isn’t quite right, the best thing to do is make French Toast!  I make a “clean” version with just egg whites, vanilla, stevia, cinnamon, and almond milk.

My toppings were local raspberries and a protein sauce.  The sauce was just 1/2 scoop Growing Naturals vanilla rice protein, 2 tsp sugar-free syrup, 1/4 tsp butter extract, 1/4 tsp maple extract, and almond milk.  Protein French Toast ***

Overall, a marvelous weekend.  I can’t believe this week is the 4th already!

Have you ever tried making your own yeast bread?

Does the plating of food affect how it tastes for you?  The meal wasn’t as appetizing after the Pollack murder scene.



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  1. carrie@familyfitnessfood.com

    OMG, love the Jackson Pollack plating – that is too funny.

    Love the cauliflower pancakes. Yum on runny yolks – a slice of heaven.

    1. Laura

      It’s funnier now, a few days later. ;)

  2. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    I’m terrified of making yeast breads too. I mean, it really shouldn’t be scary but I’m afraid I’m going to mess it up. Your breakfasts sound amazing and love the idea of cauliflower pancakes. But I love your shirt even more!

  3. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I haven’t made bread in a long, long time. Homemade bread is still good, even if it’s a little too dense. Must be from the love of the baker :-)

    I don’t know what that restaurant is thinking, plating the food that way! It looks so unappetizing (and as you say, scary)!

    1. Laura

      My mom used to make it every week – it’s a dangerously delicious habit!

  4. Khushboo

    Just seeing yeast in recipes makes me all the more unlikely to make it haha! I am sure photographing my meals has something to do with it but I’ve definitely become more appreciative of good playing presentation- pretty food almost always tastes more delicious :-)

    1. Laura

      Right?! It was my first yeast attempt. Beer bread is easier, but i’m determined now!

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Yeast breads intimidate me too. So many steps and the rising pressure!

    1. Laura

      The rising was the easy part! I messed up trying to mix it by hand and not whipping the eggs.

  6. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Yes I have made my own yeast bread – but it wasn’t gluten or dairy free – I gotta checkout that loaf though! Apparently I need to come have breakfast at your house – that french toast mmm – such fabulous eats!

    1. Laura

      Come on over any time!

  7. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    You made bread!! :-) I think it looks delicious and I actually love dense bread.

    And it’s been too long since I made pancakes for breakfast! Needs to happen soon.
    You know I am addicted to LIne Camera because of you :-)

    1. Laura

      It’s actually grown on me. The recipe is a bit sweet, so it’s like a dessert bread. You know I like that. :)

  8. Jennifer F

    That “platter splatter” is a hoot, what were they thinking back in the kitchen?! I think the way food looks totally plays a role in the enjoyment!

    1. Laura

      I don’t even know… the chef brought it out and everything!

  9. lindsay

    just beat the eggs next time! no mixer needed.. you’re good at beating up things, right? LOL!

    1. Laura

      Ha! Egg-cellent point.

  10. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i’ve never tried making my own yeast bread

  11. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    haha it does kinda look like something died…
    I’ve only worked with yeast a couple of times and it still intimidates me. The last loaf I made was really dense, but that might have something to do with the fact that my yeast was about 6 months expired…

    1. Laura

      Dude. Yeast expires?! Hmmm….

  12. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Yep, I make bread quite frequently. I kind of cheat though and let my bread machine do the hard work then when the dough is ready I’ll roll it out depending on the type of bread. And I’m thinking that splatter went awry.

  13. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    that bread looked SO good when sarena shared it!

    1. Laura

      You have to try it! The loaf she made for me was incredible – better than gluten bread!

  14. RavieNomNoms

    I cannot believe it is the 4th already too! Amazing how fast time goes isn’t it? I am always amazed at how fast time goes.

    I hate it when a favorite restaurant loses its Chef and then things turn for the worse. Worst ever. Sorry about that! But I hear that Atlanta is such a foodie town I am sure you will find a new fav spot ;-)

    Need to take a look at this bread recipe, sounds interesting!

    1. Laura

      I had a solid list of back up “favorites.” But still… I’m sad.

      You should come do to ATL for a visit sometime! ;)

  15. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I used to make yeast bread and keep it in the freezer but I’ve gotten out of the habit. Yours looks awesome!

  16. Tina Muir

    I made my own bread yesterday, and it was my best loaf yet, so I am very proud :) I love the picture of your dinner, that does look like a murder crime scene, also like someone has been playing with ketchup! Love it! Have a wonderful week Laura!

    1. Laura

      Can you just bring me some of that? ;)

  17. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    We need to make bread together! French toast is always a winner though! I have laid off making bread this week and last week. Tony is cleansing again…

    1. Laura

      You say when and I’m there! Is Tony cleansing on the 4th?!

  18. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I used to LOVE making yeast bread. I haven’t tried it GF yet….

  19. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I’ve never baked my own bread but when I was younger my mom had a breadmaker. That shiz smelled amazing. Is there such a thing as a bagelmaker? I’d be all over that!

    1. Laura

      I think that’s your million dollar idea.

  20. Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers

    Ummm, Chef Dexter?! Haha. I hardly ever make bread. In fact, I’ve only made yeast bread a handful of times. It’s good, but it isn’t any better than the stuff I can easily buy. #lazy

    1. Laura

      Hahaha! That’s a good one.

  21. Deborah@confessions of a mother runner

    The way a plate looks totally affects me too! If it doesn’t visually appeal to me I don’t want it

  22. lynda Hall

    It’s been a long time since I made Home made bread! Remember those days? But YOU can crash my kitchen any time!!!
    I love the Line app too! Thanks to alli, she introduced it to me. My girls do try to keep me up on the latest and greatest! Thanks Girls!

    1. Laura

      I remember them ALL the time. That bread was like crack. :)


  23. GiGi Eats

    GIVE ME THAT T-SHIRT right now?!?!?!?!!?!!!!!

    Actually I want a T-Shirt that says, “I give no f*ucks!”

    1. Laura

      I want that shirt too!

  24. Heather @ FITaspire

    I made yeast bread for MMAZ at some point last year, but it’s not a common occurance. Smells so good though!!

    1. Laura

      It’s so funny to see “@ FITaspire”! Love it. :)

  25. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Wow, now that is an interesting presentation. Perhaps it would have been better suited for Halloween or maybe they were trying out a new style. Or maybe, just maybe the person responsible was day drinking. It could happen.

    1. Laura

      It was late evening… so totally possible they were doing some very socially acceptable drinking after 5 o’clock.

  26. Debra

    I am laughing at this post…..your shirt, JP reference, etc!!!!!!!

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