Thursday, 23 October 2014

Recipe - Crusty bread rolls

In my opinion there's nothing better than home made bread - well there is, but I mean in terms of bread. These crusty bread rolls are best just warm from the oven, served with soup. The milk & butter used makes them lovely & soft. I used three different toppings but you can top them with whatever you like really.


Ingredients (makes 12)
  • 750 g strong plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 sachet fast action yeast
  • 375 ml milk, warmed
  • 50 g butter, melted
  • flour for dredging
  • poppy seeds
  • grated cheese

Equipment
  • large bowl
  • oiled cling film
  • baking tray

Method
  • Sift the flour, salt & yeast into a bowl.
  • Make a well in the middle and add the milk & butter.
  • Mix with a wooden spoon then use your hands to gather into a ball of dough. 
  • Turn onto a floured top and knead for 10-15 minutes until smooth & elastic.
  • {Alternatively you could cheat and use a stand mixer with dough hook for all of the above}.
  • Put the dough into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
  • Punch the air from the dough and knead again for a couple of minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half and then again into six pieces, so you have 12 pieces altogether.
  • Roll into shape and place on a baking tray and cover with a cloth.
  • Leave to rise again for around 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime preheat oven to gas 7/425F/220C.
  • Top the rolls with the flour, poppy seeds, and cheese (or whatever you have chosen) and bake for 20 minutes until golden. They should should hollow when tapped from underneath.
  • Enjoy!


Recipe - Spicy butternut squash soup

Now it's turned Autumn it's just the weather for a lovely soup, especially a spicy one to warm you up. We had a butternut squash and some other bits of veg that needed using so I just rustled this up. I like my soup nice & thick but you could add a little more liquid to it if you like yours a bit thinner. This is yummy served with crusty bread rolls straight from the oven.


Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled & seeded & diced
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled & diced
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder

Equipment
  • large pan
  • blender

Method
  • Over a low-medium heat, saute the onions and garlic until translucent.
  • Add the diced veg to the pan, then add the stock.
  • cook gently until the stock starts simmering.
  • Turn the heat all the way down and let the pan simmer for 30-40 minutes until the veg is tender.
  • Stir in the curry powder
  • Let the pan cool for a while, then empty contents into the blender
  • Whizz & pulse until smooth.
  • Enjoy!


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

I've been nominated for a One Lovely Blog award by Mummy S over at The Mental Parentals - thank you so much, it's lovely to know that people like reading my little blog!


There's a short set of rules to this award post and these are:
  • Thank and link with the person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 or so amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they've been nominated
  • Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the person who nominated you

So here we are with the facts...
  1. I have had 8 piercings in total and no longer have any. One might have been a rude one (*blush*).
  2. I am a little obsessed with Ian Somerhalder and am an avid social media stalker.
  3. After 'meeting' some fabulous indie authors and a couple of my friends becoming indie authors, my friend & I have started a new book review blog (you know, feel free to check it out...). Two of my favourite pastimes in one.
  4. I've started a new venture regarding fact number 3. I'm not sure how long it will take to complete though as I don't have enough hours in the day!
  5. I can repeat the official definition of theft without thinking about it after my A-Level Law tutor made us repeat it one by one in class.
  6. I love visiting the Scottish Highlands and would love to retire there one day. One can dream.
  7. I find it really hard to think of facts that people may not know, when presented with things such as this!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Project 365 - Week 42 (days 285 - 291)

Day 285 / October 12th
As the boys were getting ready for bed and I was washing the dishes, I noticed this gorgeous sky and had to take a snap.

Day 286 / October 13th
Dinner tonight was home-made curried soup with home-made bread rolls.

Day 287 / October 14th
N had spag bol for the first time tonight. I forgot how messy it was with a baby!

Day 288 / October 15th
Now I have my book review blog I take part in a lot of book release parties and author takeover parties over on Facebook and this is one of my wins (among a ton of ebooks!)

Day 289 / October 16th
An exciting Christmas delivery today, for review!

Day 290 / October 17th
I auctioned off a giant cupcake to raise sponsorship for my skydive and this was the result for the winner. It was a pinata and had sweets inside too!

Day 291 / October 18th
Christmas is just about sorted now with this delivery from the Kiddicare sale!

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