Crescent Moods

I just recently watched Food Inc., fairly old movie, but the problematic didn’t get obsolete or changed in the mean time. There is an example in the movie that show how our society is dealing with problems, or let’s call them discrepancies. Feeding the cows with corn to achieve lower price of the meat. E.Coli outbreaks rise alarmingly caused by improper cow nourishment and the solution to this is to wash the meat in ammonia. Seems like all that we do is we are obsessively keeping the statistics, graphs and percentages on desired levels. The specified numerical thresholds which are labeled as good and correct.

When you look at the whole situation over of the charts and graphs, it seems barely logical and quite bizarre. A wast amount of energy, time and resources spent on keeping the system working in certain directions. For what, meat that is hardly a tissue, let along steak? Looking solemnly at numbers and desperately adjusting them to make the formula perfect. And this is happening on every aspect of our society – environmental policy, education, industrial production and health care. And we dare to call ourselves developed countries. Yes, it is amazing what we can achieve when we set our mind, energy and resources to reach goals.  That is the real goals, that improve and function in the society, not just keeping up the numbers. The progress line can’t be endlessly heading straight up into growth, harder, better, faster, stronger. Funny how we hear this words with positive connotation, when the reality is that not every growth is positive or for the better. And by strategically fine tuning one number, other markers collapse or rise over the allowed limits, and the vicious circle is spinning, with nobody enjoying the ride.

This seems to grand to solve on an individual level. And it seems so apparently logical that we should be functioning on a different level. Cycles are the ever occuring universal rhythm. It’s very easy to get caught up in the fuss over numbers and steady growth. Not necessarily bad, but know what the numbers are about and that progress looks like an oscillated amplitude. This way you can enjoy the crescent phases just as much as the peaked full moon.

Below is a recipe for no ordinary crescent rolls, which do not grow bigger in the oven. But this is how they are just perfect.


Crescent Poppy Seed Rolls

For the dough:

  • 1 cup rice flour +  more for rolling
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flax egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-6 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp water with a little maple syrup to glaze

Poppy seed filling:

  • 1 cup ground poppy seeds
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

There are accidentally vegan, if you use rice or soy milk. I have nothing against eggs, but this works for the days when eggs are missing in the fridge, also the flax egg gives great texture to the dough and a certain nutty flavour. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 F). Mix all of the ingredients for the filling. Mix flours with salt. Add oil mixed with sugar and mix to flours into sandy mixture. Rub flax egg in the sandy mixture and gradually add water slowly. Mix, you will end up with sticky dough. Add a sprinkle of flour and knead to for a nice smooth dough ball. Roll out on well floured surface, cut and fill with filling. Finish by glazing them with water and maple syrup and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake for 25-30 minutes and cool out on the rack.



Classical tragedies

Buckwheat and walnuts are one of the established flavour pairings. The classical combinations should be used on the lazy days, when you feel like trying something new but fuss free, without the possible miserable outcome. Ah yes, the disasters in the kitchen… always present as part of the learning process (tap on the shoulder).

This walnut rolls are tested to be foolproof, as long as you stick to the recipe. You can experiment with the filling, but I discourage you from adding to much ingredients to it (yes, lesson learned). Rather use one simple ingredient and make it top-notch good; complicate to achieve quality, not complexity. Use fresh grounded walnuts, as the they tend to go rancid quickly once exposed to air, so use the Nutcracker  – another classics with guaranteed happy ending.

Note to Slovenian readers: Tele rolice, so zelo poenostavljena varianta orehove potice, brez vzhajanja in neskončnega gnetenja. Pride prav za bolj lene dni.

Buckwheat rolls with walnuts and honey filling

For the Dough (adapted from here):
2 cups spelt flour + 3⁄4 cup buckwheat flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 1⁄4 tsp baking powder
1⁄2 tsp baking soda
3⁄4 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
6 tbsp coconut butter

For the filling:
1 cup freshly grounded walnuts
1 tbsp. sugar and 1 tbsp of honey
3 tbsp melted coconut butter
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425°F or 220°C. Mix the dry ingredients for the dough (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt) in a bowl, stir in the butter and buttermilk.

You’ll end up with quite sticky dough, it’s ok, just transfer it to a well floured surface.With floured hands, gently knead the flour into the dough (adding more flour if necessary) until the dough is manageable and is fairly smooth. Roll the dough out into a rectangle/square of approximately 0,5 cm (1⁄2 inch) thick.

Now add the filling – spread the dough with melted coconut butter, sprinkle walnuts, cinnamon, honey and sugar. Roll the dough, and cut the roll to smaller rolls. Place the individual rolls in a pan greased with coconut butter, leave space between them as the will grow during baking. Bake at 220°C (425°F) for about 20 mins.