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Keto Bread

My Keto Bread

I’m a firm believer that Germans bake the best bread on the planet, and boy… do I love bread! Unfortunately, the tastiest food is almost always full of carbs. As a general food lover who is 51 (at the time of this article) and tends to be on the stronger side of physical appearance – to put it carefully – I am committed to avoiding carbs like the devil avoids holy water, eating healthy and stay relatively lean.

This Keto Bread recipe is perfect for satisfying my bread cravings while keeping my diet on track. It’s extremely low in carbs, high in healthy fats and protein, and really delicious. Give it a try and enjoy a guilt-free proper German-style bread!

Ingredients

  • 250 g (2 cups) almond flour
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) flaxseed meal
  • 6 g (0.2 oz) ground psyllium husk (1 tbsp)
  • 12 g (0.4 oz) baking powder (1 tbsp)
  • 5 g (0.18 oz) salt (1 tsp)
  • 15 g (0.5 oz) apple cider vinegar (1 tbsp)
  • 5 eggs
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup or 2 fl oz) olive oil or melted butter
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup or 4 fl oz) hot water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F) and prepare a loaf pan by greasing it or lining it with parchment paper.

  2. Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the almond flour, flaxseed meal, ground psyllium husk, baking powder, and salt.

  3. Add wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil (or melted butter). Not the hot water!

  4. Make the dough: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Gradually add the hot water while stirring until the dough is thick and evenly mixed.

  5. Bake: Pour the dough into the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  6. Let cool: Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then take it out of the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information per Slice (assuming 12 slices per loaf)

  • Calories: approx. 190
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Net Carbs: 1 g

Nutritional Information per 100 g

  • Calories: approx. 297 kcal
  • Fat: approx. 25 g
  • Protein: approx. 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: approx. 5 g
  • Fiber: approx. 3 g
  • Net Carbs: approx. 1.5 g

Total Nutritional Information for the Entire Loaf

  • Calories: approx. 2280 kcal
  • Fat: approx. 192 g
  • Protein: approx. 84 g
  • Carbohydrates: approx. 36 g
  • Fiber: approx. 24 g
  • Net Carbs: approx. 12 g

What Are Net Carbs?

Net carbs are the carbohydrates that your body can digest and convert into glucose, which can affect your blood sugar levels. They are calculated by subtracting the fiber content from the total carbohydrates. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body cannot digest, so it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels.

Net carbs are especially important for those following a low-carb or ketogenic diet because they focus on the carbs that impact blood sugar.

This bread is extremely low in net carbs.

Enjoy this homemade Keto Bread!

Barock Project 2024

Album Review: Barock Project – Time Voyager (2024)

Introduction to Barock Project

Barock Project is a progressive rock band that has been enchanting audiences with their unique blend of classical influences and modern rock elements since their formation in 2003. Originating from Italy, the band was founded by Luca Zabbini, a talented keyboardist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Zabbini’s vision was to create a sound that combined the complexity and elegance of classical music with the energy and innovation of progressive rock.

Early Years and Formation

The band’s early works were heavily influenced by the giants of the progressive rock genre, such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis, and Yes. Barock Project’s debut album, “Misteriose Voci”, was released in 2007 and immediately garnered attention for its sophisticated compositions and rich orchestral arrangements. This album set the tone for their future endeavors, showcasing Zabbini’s classical training and the band’s ability to weave intricate musical tapestries.

Rise to Prominence

Over the years, Barock Project continued to refine their sound, releasing several acclaimed albums. “Rebus” (2009) and “Coffee In Neukölln” (2012) further established their reputation in the progressive rock community. With each release, the band pushed the boundaries of their musical capabilities, incorporating more complex structures and diverse influences.

In 2015, Barock Project released “Skyline”, an album that marked a significant step forward in their artistic development. The album’s blend of progressive rock and symphonic elements received widespread praise, and it helped to solidify their standing as one of the leading acts in the modern prog rock scene.

Live Performances and Global Reach

Barock Project’s reputation for delivering powerful and engaging live performances has played a crucial role in their growing popularity. Their live album “Vivo” (2016), captured the energy and precision of their concerts, offering fans an immersive experience of their stage presence. The band’s tours have taken them across Europe and beyond, allowing them to connect with a global audience.

Recent Works and Evolution

The band’s subsequent albums, “Detachment” (2017) and “Seven Seas” (2019), continued to showcase their evolving sound and thematic depth. These releases were noted for their lyrical introspection and the band’s ability to create expansive, cinematic soundscapes.

Current Lineup

The current lineup of Barock Project includes:

  • Luca Zabbini: Keyboards, vocals, acoustic guitars, and primary composer
  • Alex Mari: Lead vocals and acoustic guitars
  • Eric Ombelli: Drums, percussion, and backing vocals
  • Marco Mazzuoccolo: Electric guitars
  • Francesco Caliendo: Bass guitar

“Time Voyager” and Beyond

In 2024, Barock Project released “Time Voyager”, an album that encapsulates their journey through time both musically and thematically. This ambitious concept album explores different temporal moments and dimensions, blending nostalgic elements with futuristic visions. It marks another milestone in their illustrious career, demonstrating their continued relevance and innovation in the progressive rock genre.

Barock Project’s dedication to their craft and their ability to seamlessly blend classical and modern influences make them a standout act in the progressive rock landscape. For new listeners, their discography offers a rich and rewarding journey through some of the most sophisticated and emotive music in contemporary progressive rock.

For more information and to explore their music, visit the official Barock Project website.

The Review

As someone deeply entrenched in the world of music production, with over 30 years of experience and a keen ear for progressive rock, I find “Time Voyager,” the latest release from Barock Project, to be a landmark achievement. This album, released on June 3, 2024, represents a profound exploration of time through a meticulously crafted sonic landscape.

Overview

“Time Voyager” is Barock Project’s seventh studio album and stands as a testament to their evolution as a band. The concept revolves around temporal journeys, with each track serving as a portal to different moments and dimensions. This ambitious theme is masterfully executed, blending nostalgia with futuristic elements to create a cohesive and immersive listening experience​​.

Track-by-Track Analysis

  1. Carry On (6:35) The album opens with “Carry On,” a track that immediately sets a powerful tone with its dynamic structure and Alex Mari’s compelling vocals. The song features intricate instrumentation, with a blend of electric guitars and keyboards that create a layered, immersive experience.

  2. Summer Set You Free (4:41) This track brings a lighter, more melodic feel to the album. The uplifting lyrics and breezy arrangements provide a refreshing contrast to the opener. The interplay between Luca Zabbini’s keyboards and Marco Mazzuoccolo’s guitar work stands out, creating a harmonious and feel-good atmosphere.

  3. An Ordinary Day’s Odyssey (6:04) “An Ordinary Day’s Odyssey” takes the listener on a complex journey through sophisticated musical arrangements. The track features shifting time signatures and elaborate instrumental passages, showcasing the band’s technical prowess and creativity. The narrative arc of the song mirrors the concept of an epic odyssey through time​.

  4. The Lost Ship Tavern (4:40) This atmospheric track is enriched by the violin performance of guest musician Alessandro Bonetti. The haunting melodies and evocative lyrics transport the listener to a bygone era, fitting seamlessly into the album’s theme of temporal exploration.

  5. Voyager (8:08) Serving as the centerpiece of the album, “Voyager” is an orchestral and cinematic masterpiece. It begins with a Vangelis-like synth introduction, evolving into a pulsating rhythm driven by keys and drums. The song’s narrative unfolds through heroic vocals and dynamic shifts, encapsulating the essence of the album’s concept.

  6. Morning Train (6:08) “Morning Train” features a more reflective and introspective tone. The gentle acoustic guitars and soothing vocals create a serene atmosphere, making it a standout track for its emotional depth and simplicity. The song reflects on the passage of time and the quiet moments of life.

  7. Propaganda (6:33) This track delves into more intense and politically charged themes. The aggressive instrumentation and powerful lyrics address themes of misinformation and societal control. The energetic performance and sharp, incisive lyrics make “Propaganda” a memorable and thought-provoking piece​.

  8. Shibuya 3 A.M. (4:30) Inspired by the vibrant nightlife of Tokyo’s Shibuya district, this track captures a dreamy, nocturnal atmosphere. The blend of synth, piano, and gentle percussion creates an evocative soundscape, reflecting themes of lost love and yearning. Luca Zabbini’s vocals add a personal touch to this introspective piece.

  9. Lonely Girl (5:09) “Lonely Girl” opens with a jaunty key and guitar intro, progressing into a more complex and emotionally charged composition. The song’s structure conveys a sense of frustration and longing, punctuated by Eric Ombelli’s rhythmic drumming and energetic rock passages filled with strings and organ work.

  10. Mediterranean (5:17) This track brings a sunny and optimistic mood, characterized by Francesco Caliendo’s subtle bass lines and bright piano passages. The song evolves into a dazzling display of organ and electric guitar, capturing the essence of the Mediterranean’s warmth and vibrancy.

  11. Kyanite Jewel (5:35) “Kyanite Jewel” features the delicate acoustic guitar work of Eric Ombelli, alongside his vocals. The song’s serene and peaceful quality is reminiscent of the blue metamorphic jewel it is named after, believed to have healing properties. This track promotes a sense of inner peace and tranquility​.

  12. Voyager’s Homecoming (7:36) The album concludes with “Voyager’s Homecoming,” a dramatic and powerful piece that brings the journey full circle. The track features a blend of heavy guitar, keys, and drums, leading to a triumphant and celebratory finale. The synthesizer sweeps and harmonic vocals convey the protagonist’s return, wrapping up the album’s narrative arc beautifully.

My Personal Highlights

Sorry, there are none, because they all are. Each in their own way. Maybe I have slight issues with The Lost Ship Tavern, but that’d be nitpicking. And just maaaaaybe I prefer Voyager’s Homecoming over all others a bit, but not massively. But in all honesty, there’s not a single filler or bummer in there.

Virtuoso Playing

The musicianship on “Time Voyager” is nothing short of virtuosic, as on every Barock Project album. Luca Zabbini’s masterful command of keyboards and synthesizers lays a complex and lush foundation throughout the album. His ability to blend classical influences with modern progressive rock elements is a testament to his skill and artistic vision. Marco Mazzuoccolo’s guitar work is equally impressive, ranging from delicate acoustic passages to powerful and technically highly challenging solos that drive the album’s emotional core. Eric Ombelli’s drumming is on an exceptional technical level, ultra-precise and dynamic, providing the rhythmic backbone that propels each track forward with energy and sophistication. Francesco Caliendo’s bass lines add depth and texture, perfectly complementing the intricate arrangements. Together, these musicians create a sound that is both technically proficient and deeply emotive, showcasing their collective talent and synergy as a band​.

Oh, and I know that the guys are able to showcase the same abilities in a live setting.

Production Quality

Produced by Luca Zabbini and co-produced by Eric Ombelli, the production quality of “Time Voyager” is exceptional. The album’s sound is lush and expansive, with every instrument meticulously placed in the mix. All band members deliver stellar performances, as mentioned earlier (but I can’t mention that often enough).

Final Thoughts

“Time Voyager” is more than just an album; it’s an experience. Barock Project has successfully navigated the complexities of progressive rock while staying true to their unique sound. The album’s thematic depth and musical sophistication make it a standout release (not just) in 2024 and a must-listen for any fan of the genre, and beyond.

For those interested in diving deeper into this musical journey, “Time Voyager” is available on Barock Project’s official website. This album is poised to be a defining moment in Barock Project’s career and a significant contribution to the progressive rock landscape.

FL Studio Desk

FL Studio & Native Instruments Unite – Save 85% On Two Exclusive Bundles

I’m excited to share some big news in the world of music production, and yes, it’s a partnership that’s worth every note. Before we dive in, let me be transparent: this article is written in collaboration with FL Studio and Native Instruments, and I’m thankful for continuously being considered as a trusted voice for recommendation by companies like that. I’m not getting paid nor do I have any advantages from this. It’s all about giving you the inside scoop on opportunities that can genuinely elevate your music production journey.

A Harmonious Collaboration

In the realm of digital audio workstations (DAW), FL Studio has been a beacon of innovation and user-friendliness for 25 years. Now, they’re joining forces with Native Instruments, renowned for their impactful music production tools. This collaboration is not just news; it’s a game-changer for producers, composers, and music enthusiasts alike.

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Introducing the Bundles

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Imagine having a toolkit at your disposal that breathes new life into your music. The KOMPLETE Collection for FL Studio is exactly that. It’s a curated set of 12 instruments and effects, including the legendary Massive X, designed to inject inspiration into your tracks. Whether it’s mixing, mastering, or creating unforgettable melodies, this bundle is your new best friend.

KOMPLETE Signature Series for FL Studio

For those who crave the ultimate set of tools, the KOMPLETE Signature Series is like hitting the jackpot. With 15 essential instruments and effects, this bundle is a powerhouse. It’s equipped to guide you through every stage of production, from the initial note to the final master. Including industry staples like Ozone 11 Standard and Guitar Rig 7 Pro, it’s the premium choice for anyone serious about their sound.

Why Act Now?

These exclusive bundles are available only until March 19, 2024. Think of them as your limited-time pass to a world of enhanced creativity and polished production. Missing out isn’t an option for the forward-thinking producer.

See the Magic in Action

Don’t just take my word for it. FL Studio Power User Larry Ohh has already embraced these tools, creating music that stands out. Witness his process and the power of these plugins through his engaging video showcase.

A Leap Forward for Your Studio

This partnership between FL Studio and Native Instruments is more than just a business move; it’s a commitment to empowering musicians and producers. With these bundles, your music has the potential to reach new heights of emotion, clarity, and impact.

As a partner in this initiative, I’m here to say: these tools are a worthy investment in your musical journey. They’re not just plugins; they’re gateways to the next level of your creative expression.

Here’s to making music that resonates, innovates, and inspires.