Naan Bread recipe

I invested in a bigger fridge and freezer combo as I would like to be more time-efficient and prepare meals in advance. Now I always have dough in the freezer. This naan bread recipe is ultra simple and the frozen uncooked naans can also be used as a pizza base.

First empty a kilo of white flour in a big bowl. Add two sachets of dried yeast ( fresh yeast is tastier but hard to find in superstores), add salt if you wish although I keep my dough salt free. I believe that adding salt it is a habit that is not compulsory. Stir the dry ingredients well. Then mix tepid water with some olive oil in a jug. If you want, you can add some plain yogurt as well. Make a well and mix the dry and wet ingredients till you get a round ball. A bit of kneading is necessary but I do find it relaxing. The smell of the yeast and the very repetitive movements are almost meditative practice. If you can’t knead well, add more flour because the mixture is too wet. If it crumbles add more water. One needs to do it often so as to feel the dough and adapt the recipe. I never measure amounts but eyeball them. Once the dough is shaped as a ball let it rest for one to two hours under cling film. If you have a freezer, add oil on the kitchen worktop and knead the dough in little balls, with a rolling pin, roll them down so as to obtain flat breads in an oval shape. I usually take a tray and cut squares of baking parchment. each flat bread is piled onto another separated by a layer of baking parchment. Then I put them in the freezer. Whenever I need a naan bread I open the freezer and take one. You just have to cook them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side in a very hot saucepan ( no cooking oil necessary). If kids want pizza for dinner, take one of the frozen dough base with its baking parchment square. Put it on an oven tray, add canned chopped tomatoes and cheddar cheese to make a Marguerita pizza. If your kids have a more knowledgeable palate and open minded taste buds, add fresh garlic, Parmiggiano cheese, basil leaves and mixed herbs. If you eat meat pepperoni, ham or chicken are an easy addition. Put the pizza in the fan-oven for 12 minutes. Done.

PS: I am also partial to a naan bread smothered with Hazelnut spread….

 

 

 

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth

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Ikea white wooden frame which is deep enough to add objects under the glass panel

My other half comes from a tiny cold country in Scandinavia. He is a descendant of the Viking tribe and though he is tall and fair he carries no beard nor axe and is a very peaceful law-abiding gentle man. It is a tradition in his family to buy silver cutlery to a baby as a gift. We inherited the old forks and spoons from his grand-father , Knut ( an ancient royal name which translates as Canute in English) when he passed aged 94. The items are now to precious and fragile to use on a daily basis and after storing them for 5 years in a cardboard box, I decided to use them as ornaments. This goes well with my love of silver and shiny metals too. After a trip to the most famous Scandinavian shop of all ( Ikea) which bears the colours of the Swedish flag, we bought a wooden white frame and inserted the cutlery inside the box. We fixed them with a copper thread after piercing a few holes in the plywood at the back of the frame. We wondered if we should use a bit of wall-paper or paint the background behind the cutlery but as we are always lazy and like simple projects we kept the plywood background as it was. I am really happy with it and it is part of a whole family display in our living room where I have nailed lots of frames containing family pictures.

“Here I am sitting in my tin can…”

I was just reading an article about Russian steel production during the Soviet first five-year plan ( yes, this is the sort of subjects I like to peruse in my spare time) and it made me think about how metals are used in the homes for decoration and building purposes. We all live in homes that contain mostly plastic nowadays. However, steel and metal are beautiful to look at. They are usually shiny and silver. Grey and silver are my favourite colours. I did paint a whole wall silver in my entrance hall. I thought about a short recycling post for today. I use a lot of tins when I cook, it is surprisingly cheap and healthy to use pulses, tomato flesh and various beans from tins. So it is a good idea to keep them once emptied and to clean them well in the dishwasher. Once cleaned, the tins give a subtle and simple industrial look on a desk as a pencil holder or they can also be used to plant some seeds for the children. They will love to check the development of their seeds into young growing plants. The tin you can see in the picture is used in my sewing room. It contains two different pairs of scissors because the orange ones need to remain really sharp to cut through fabric whereas the black ones are used for paper or threads. I am adding a tutorial from the lovely Dana if you are not so keen on the simplicity of metal and want to add a splash of colours to your project.However, i prefer to keep my tins as simple as possible so that I can use them in all the rooms and I can also just dump them straight in the recycling bin when I don’t need them anymore.

TUTORIAL: Tin Can Caddy for Earth Day and Mother’s Day

 

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from a simple tin can to a desk pencil and scissors holder.