Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kalamata olive and rosemary whole wheat bread

This has been a week of ups and downs. Mainly downs. In the grand scheme of things, it's nothing terribly major...just terribly inconvenient.

First World Problems.

Punky Brewster and Little Miss were fighting over my iPhone5 and broke the screen. And, when I tried to replace the screen...let's just say that's one very expensive DIY fail. Others have successfully fixed their screens, but I managed to bread the LCD in the process. The good news, I suppose, is one of our phones is due for an upgrade in about a week and I can use that upgrade phone to replace mine.

What was probably worse this week went in to motion last week. We finally --FINALLY-- sold our old house. The costly downside was we took a huge loss and pretty much gave the house away.

On the way home from the closing, D and I stopped at Costco for groceries. I bought my usual: milk, eggs, and cheese. The kids unloaded the groceries and put them away, because my kids are all kinds of awesome.

When I looked in the fridge, I saw the right number of gallons of milk.

Dear readers, you probably know where this is headed!

For the last few days, the smell in my new car (of course it happened in my new car) was getting progressively worse. It smelled like old fish and dirty gym socks with a hint of death. Definitely not pleasant.

Tuesday night, a full eight days after the Costco trip, I opened my trunk to discover a bloated gallon of milk. It had expanded enough to pop the seal. I dumped baking soda on the back carpet (you know how much I love baking soda), and it helped a little. What helped the most was remembering we had the extra trunk carpet liner thingy and I was able to remove that. The milk didn't actually get on to the permanent trunk carpeting!

The smell was much less ... gnarly this morning. Hopefully after a good steam cleaning the insert can go back in and my car will recover.

Needless to say, I needed some serious time in the kitchen to get my head on straight. I didn't get it, but Leelee was wonderful enough to provide some carbs to drown my sorrows.  She came up with this fantastic Kalamata Olives and Rosemary Whole Wheat bread that just hit the spot.

Kalamata Olives & Rosemary Whole Wheat Bread

1 T olive oil
2 C flour
1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8x4 loaf pan with non stick cooking spray.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and make a well in the center. In another bowl combine buttermilk, butter, and egg whites. Stir with a whisk to aerate. Add liquid mixture to flour, stir just until moistened. Fold in olives and rosemary.

Spread batter into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing bread from pan. Cool completely.

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  1. Oh my goodness, what a week! I have been there and back again, so there is light at the end of the smelly tunnel. But you might need more than this yummy looking bread to numb the pain! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  2. This sounds so good - I love kalamata olives! Thanks for sharing. I hope your weekend is better than your week:)

  3. Definitely a week, but thankfully this recipe came out well. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty.

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for joining us at Freedom Fridays! :)

  5. Micki - I can just imagine the smell from the milk! This bread sounds fabulous - thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend - pinned! I hope you're having a happy - and better! - week!


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