Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fresh from the Oven


A loaf of bread.

It's easy to buy one from the shop. But isn't it so much nicer to have it baked in your own kitchen?

The yeasty aroma is enough to make you feel justified for all the kneading and punching that you had to do. Really, commercial bread is convenient, but there’s nothing like home-made bread.

Here’s an adapted recipe I used. The measurements aren’t exact but they’re somewhere around there.

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bread

32 oz bread flour
5 oz rolled oats
2 ½ cups water
½  cup milk
3 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
1  tablespoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 cups soaked and drained raisins


Mix the yeast and warm milk and water. Leave mixture to froth.
Mix together dried ingredients.
Add yeast mixture, honey and oil to dry ingredients.
Leave dough to rise till double in size.
Punch down and knead. Shape to a loaf.
Leave dough to rise.
Top with extra oats.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Purple Smoothie

Red Velvet Smoothie

I've been making smoothies since sometime last year. It was a way to add Emma's breakfast variety of breakfast other than oatmeal or pancakes. Since then, I've trying trying out different kind of smoothies including healthy green smoothies.

Here's a nice an easy one that I whipped up on a Sunday afternoon. I used cooked beetroots and chocolate malt powder.

Do give this a try. It's not only pretty but also delicious.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Avocado Salads

Ever Lovely Avocados

Who doesn't love avocados?

Well, maybe some people don’t. But they soft texture and subtle flavour is a favourite amongst many. You can eat scoop up the flesh and eat it on its own or you can slice them up and add them to your salad. Here are two versions of avocado salad that I’ve concocted.

Avocado salad with mangos

Caesar salad with avocado and cheese sausages