Friday, January 27, 2012

Bread and Soup

Gravy and toast cannot rival bread and soup! Today, we did many things. We had friends over so they each measured and kneaded two loaves of Country Seed Bread (tutorial and recipe here)

We made Magical Unicorn Bread from the same recipe, only without any seeds. 

Isn't it beautiful! It's a baby unicorn. It's horn is not long yet. It's short and plump and adorable, slathered with chocolate and peanut cream. It's soft, and partly wholemeal which makes it healthy. The Country Seed Bread is good without seeds too, with a delicious crispy crust and soft insides. We made 2 loaves, 2 braided loaves, a round of buns for Sunday, and the Magical Unicorn Bread.

I did not think that I would be baking so soon after Chinese New Year, but hey, we need bread. And it's good to make bread.

We also had warm soup, from a can of Campbell's Mushroom Chicken soup. A little chicken fat fried with pepper, chilli flakes, onions, dill and other Italian herbs, make it richer and tastier. Warm and hearty soup is very good served with fresh bread for dinner.

Today I also made lemongrass/screwpine tea bags. I got the tea bags from Daiso, and dried and blended herbs from the garden. Lemongrass/screwpine is extremely good and healthy, and the tea bag can make many cups. 

This morning, I also fried half a batch of quick English Muffins, adapted from 

English Muffins 
  • 1/2 cup milk/buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  •  2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups ground wholewheat flour (atta)
  •   1/2 teaspoon sea salt
 1) Warm the milk (but if buttermilk, do not warm), and stir in the sugar. 
2) In a mug, warm the water slightly and stir in the yeast
3) Mix the sea salt and  flour, then pour in the oil, milk, and water mixtures. 
4) Knead the dough and let it rise for an hour
5) Divide the dough into eight pieces and shape into flattish rounds. Do not squeeze the air out of the dough. 
6) Let the rounds of dough rise for half and hour, and fry over low heat about 10 minutes on each side until well browned. Keep the dough light and airy. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-7
3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation."

1) God is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort 
2) God comforts us in our suffering, so that we can comfort others who are suffering
3) When we suffer together with Christ, we can be assured that we shall also be comforted
4) When we suffer, others can be comforted

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