Nourishment & Satisfaction

I’ve been thinking about nourishment and satisfaction lately. How the two aren’t usually concurrent. As you can plainly see, this little blog is mostly about food. Relatively healthy food (except for the cookies) that I’ve taken the time to make from scratch. But sometimes, after spending an entire day alone in the kitchen or working in front of my computer during all hours that see the sun, I’m worn out. I crave something salty and unhealthy. Or something quick and easy. It’s usually not the type of food I picture myself enjoying and I’m quite embarrassed to admit my lunch today was a handful of goldfish, a half pint of blueberries, and a double tall iced latte. Not really the nourishment my body needs but at that moment I was satisfied. For just that particular moment.

But an hour later my stomach is rumbling, I’m low on energy (why hasn’t the caffeine kicked in?), and I’m feeling lonely and little sorry for myself. Unsatisfied and undernourished.

Why don’t I put the same care into myself as I do into the food I’ve prepared for my blog? Or the same care I’ve taken on my latest photography job or print job? Or the same time and effort I expend on running?

I think it’s important that we try to take care of ourselves and others, even if we start in small, little ways like taking a lunch break and eating a healthy, well-rounded lunch. Or taking a few minutes at the end of a day, with the people we love and listening to how their day went. Maybe it’s a late evening walk, enjoying the last remnants of warm sunshine, with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. It’s about feeling more than just satisfied in that moment. It’s about finding ways to hold onto that satisfaction. It’s about nuturing and nourishment. Not just for our bodies but our souls as well.

It feels good. It feels important.

So take a deep breath, sit back, relax and enjoy a piece of Maple Bison Bread. It’s chalk full of healthy & nourishing goodies. It’s delisciously dense and dark. Toast it up with peanut butter and enjoy a leisurely weekend  morning together with the person you love.

How satisfying.

Hell’s Kitchen Maple Bison Sausage Bread

  • 10 oz. Maple-Glazed Bison Sausage (see recipe below)
  • 1 C packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 C granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 C VERY strong brewed coffee
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 2/3 C dried currants
  • 2/3 C walnut pieces
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large loaf pan (I used a 9″x5″ pan).
  • Place the sausage, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and coffee in a large bowl. Gently mix until the ingredients are just incorporated; about 1 minute on low speed with your stand mixer. Then turn the speed to medium and mix one more minute.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Scrape down the sides of your bowl then mix on medium another two minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into your greased pan and bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool to room temperature in the pan.
Maple Glazed Bison Sausage
  • 1 Lb. ground bison
  • 2/3 C dried onion ( I used about 1/2 C finely chopped fresh onion)
  • 6 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 medium cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp each fennel seed, fresh thyme, dried sage, and crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper (black will suffice as well)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • At this point, portion off 10 oz. for the bread. You can form the rest into patties and serve at your next brunch.
  • This sausage works well to make ahead and freeze.
Notes:
  • If you don’t have currants substitute any dried fruit that you really like: cranberries, cherries, etc.
  • The stronger your coffee the better. Thick like tar, and strong enough to stand your spoon upright.
  • If you cut the loaf into 16 pieces, each has about 250 calories, 7 grams of fat, 7 g protein, 2 g fiber, and 47 g of carbs (not including the peanut butter!).
  • Try toasting this bread in your cast iron skillet and serve it with peanut butter. Hell’s Kitchen peanut butter if you have it… turn on your favorite lazy Sunday morning jazz cd and sit down to enjoy with your most loved. Who knows where it might lead… pure satisfaction.
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