Saturday, 19 September 2009

Housework......

Housework...... doesn't matter how you spell it or say it, it has to be done!
I'll be back as soon as I am done!!

house·work
(hous'wûrk')
n. The tasks, such as cleaning and cooking, that are performed in housekeeping.
house'work'er n.

housework

noun regular work done in housekeeping, such as cleaning and cooking.

house·work [ hówss wùrk ]


noun
Definition:
household chores: tasks that are regularly done in a house, e.g. dusting, vacuuming, washing clothes, and cooking

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Recipe for Fougasse Bread

I was going to try to do the recipe as I baked the bread, but I am not that great with the whole photograph as you bake thingy, sorry. The best recipe I can give you is sort of a description of how I make Fougasse bread!
It goes like this.....
In a large bowl, mix about two cups of lukewarm water and one teaspoon of sugar, then sprinkle two tablespoons of instant yeast on top. let it sit a few minutes to bubble.
Then add one egg, and mix well, start adding some flour until it is a sticky dough, maybe three cups, and I also add one teaspoon of salt, some rosemary, black pepper, and some chopped black olives. You could add anything you wish really. I then knead the dough adding enough flour so it doesn't stick. I add some olive oil to my hands and knead the dough and then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise about 15 to 20 minutes. Punch the dough down and then while it's rising prepare two pans. I use two cookie sheets, lined with silpat mats that have been dusted with cornmeal.
Take the dough and divide it in two, each one is rolled and shaped into a leaf, the I make three or four slits in it to look like a large tropical leaf.
I let that rise for about 30 minutes, then bake in a 375 F oven for about 25 minutes or until brown. It is best eaten right away but it will keep for a few days, it just gets a little chewy!
I am not sure on the exact measurements, I cook by sight and feel, so I apologize if I am way out on the amounts, but that's as close as I can get to how I make Fougasse!!!!
Enjoy!
MB

Monday, 14 September 2009

Homemade Applesauce and Fougasse

Today I wanted to try something different, so I baked Fougasse, an usual shaped bread with  herbs and olives....... it was delicious!!!
Then because I couldn't find figs to make fig jam, I had to settle for homemade applesauce, that's okay because it was yummy!!!!! That's the wonderful thing about Fall, you want to savor the fruits of summer so our thoughts turn to preserving.