Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dag Deals of the week.

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Pick of the week: price wise, I hesitate between the King Kong love seat or the Philips electric shaver… But can’t go past the Rock Sauce Chill. What a name! I assume it’s deodorant…Soon I will be able to use my chilli jam as a make-up remover…And for Ouda-Kylie, a case of Carlton mid of course!

SATURDAY COOKING: SUPER-QUICK GARLIC AND THYME BREAD

I got the recipe for this SUPER-QUICK GARLIC AND THYME BREAD from a book I borrowed at the library: “Eating well made easy” by Lorraine Pascale.
Homemade bread at its best, simple and very tasty.

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425g spelt flour, plus extra for dusting
5 spring onions, finely chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, depending how garlicky you like it, very finely chopped
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
leaves from 1 large handful of fresh thyme (about 2 tbsp)
1 large pinch of dried chilli flakes or chilli powder
1 tsp fine sea salt

Method:

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C).
    2. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl, add 225ml of warm water (from the tap) and mix together well. If the dough is feeling a bit dry, then add a tablespoon more warm water to bring it all together.
    3. Lightly dust your work surface with flour and knead the dough for a moment or two to give a big ball, about 13cm wide and 4cm thick, with a nice taut top. I tuck the edges of the dough underneath the ball, which makes the top nice and tight, resulting in a much prettier loaf coming out of the oven.
    4. Sprinkle a baking sheet with a little flour, pop the dough on to it and then use a sharp knife to make three to five slashes on top.
    5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the loaf is firm to the touch and sounding hollow when tapped underneath. Let it cool for a few minutes.
    6. Eat!

I thought that 5 spring onions were a bit much, but it gives some nice moisture to the bread. It’s best eaten on the day, but it froze really well. I ate it with cheese and also dips.
I will make it again using buttermilk.
The original recipe had the bread served with “posh” baked beans.

Monday Lifelines

Comedian Ronnie Corbett died last week. Here are some of his best one-liners.

A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston bypass. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.

We’ll be talking to a car designer who’s crossed a Toyota with Quasimodo and come up with the Hatchback of Notre Dame.

We’ve just heard that in the English Channel, a ship carrying red paint has collided with a ship carrying purple paint. It is believed that both crews have been marooned.

I went home the other night – you know how you do things on impulse.