My Best Bread Recipes

BASIC YEASTED BREAD

Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and fold them together, it is best if it about mid-thigh high but any surface will do. Once the dough stiffens, sprinkle some flour on a large cutting board or table. Pick up the far edge of dough and fold it in half. Put the palm of your hand on the fold’s edge. Push forward with your body in a gentle rocking motion.

BASIC YEASTED BREAD

The heels of your hands gently pushing the dough forward. Turn the dough 1/4 turn and fold again repeating the last step. You will quickly get into the rhythm. Knead for 10 to 15 minutes. Add flour to the board if the dough is sticking. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a wet cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour. Punch down risen dough with 30 punches, cover and alow to rise again for 45 minutes or until it doubles it’s size.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 cups salt
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
3 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 tsp yeast

Pre heat your oven to 350°. Shape the loaf by folding the dough to the center all the way around. Cut into four pieces.
Flatten the dough with a rolling pin on rectangular or round cookie sheets
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a wet cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour. Punch down risen dough with 30 punches, cover and alow to rise again for 45 minutes or until it doubles it’s size.
Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Shape the loaf by folding the dough to the center all the way around.
Oil a bread pan. Turn loaf over so the seam is on the bottom and pace it into the bread pan. Cover and let rise for 15 more minutes.
Cut with a 1/2 slit.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool on hour before slicing.

WHEAT FREE BREAD
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 cups salt
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
3 3/4 cups Spelt or Kamut flour
1 3/4 tsp yeast

WHEAT FREE BREAD

Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and fold them together, it is best if it about mid-thigh high but any surface will do. Once the dough stiffens, sprinkle some flour on a large cutting board or table. Pick up the far edge of dough and fold it in half. Put the palm of your hand on the fold’s edge. Push forward with your body in a gentle rocking motion. The heels of your hands gently pushing the dough forward. Turn the dough 1/4 turn and fold again repeating the last step. You will quickly get into the rhythm. Knead for 10 to 15 minutes. Add flour to the board if the dough is sticking. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a wet cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour. Punch down risen dough with 30 punches, cover and allow to rise again for 45 minutes or until it doubles it’s size.
Pre heat your oven to 350°. Shape the loaf by folding the dough to the center all the way around. Cut into four pieces.
Flatten the dough with a rolling pin on rectangular or round cookie sheets
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a wet cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour. Punch down risen dough with 30 punches, cover and allow to rise again for 45 minutes or until it doubles it’s size.
Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Shape the loaf by folding the dough to the center all the way around.
Oil a bread pan. Turn loaf over so the seam is on the bottom and pace it into the bread pan. Cover and let rise for 15 more minutes.
Cut with a 1/2 slit.
Bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool on hour before slicing.

KAMUT BAGELS

4c kamut flour
1 pkg bread yeast
1 1/2c hot water
2T salt
2T sugar or honey
poppy seeds or sesame seeds

KAMUT BAGELS

Mix 1c flour, yeast and salt in a bowl, stir in hot water and sugar (or honey) and mix till smooth. Allow to rise for 15 minutes. Stir in enough flour to make a stiff dough.
Pour out onto a flour surface, knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Cover with a clean wet cloth. Let rise for 40 minutes. Punch down, divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape into flattened balls and poke a hole in the center. Stretch and rotate until hole is 1 – 2″s. Cover again and let rise for 15 minutes. Boil salted water in a large shallow pan about 2″ deep. Simmer bagels a few at a time for 1 minute, then flip and simmer for 1 more minute. Remove from pan, drain on towel and sprinkle with seeds if desired. Place on an oiled baking pan. Bake at 375° for 30-40 minutes or until golden.
Yield 12 bagels.

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GINGERBREAD WITH LEMON SAUCE

1 1/2c whole wheat or spelt flour
1/2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1t salt
1 1/2 ginger
3/4t cinnamon
1/3c vegetable oil
1/2c sugar
1/2c molasses
1/2c water
1T ground flax seed

Mix flour baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into an 8″ square pan. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.
Serves 6.

Lemon Sauce
2/3c sugar
2c water
1/2 lemon juice
2T lemon rind
1/3c cornstarch

Mix sugar and cornstarch together. Mix in water and cook until thick stirring constantly. Add lemon juice and lemon rind. Pour over each serving of ginger bread

10 Benefits of climber machine

The climber machine is tall, slim machine pinched away in the corner of the gym. Maybe you’ve seen someone on it apparently with his personal trainer in ferry. It’s called the Versa climber—an upright climbing machine that imitates heaving up an intensely steep mountain or ascending a very tall wall. And paying out just a few minutes on it burns major calories such as between 10 and 20 per minute relying upon the intensity, considerably increases your aerobic scope, and pretty much tones you from head to toe.

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The climber machine has many benefits upon our body. Some of them are:

    1. It enrolls the body’s bulkiest muscle associations to frequently lift your body weight up, by afterwards step. Using your biggest muscles to transmit your own weight skyward deep high-caliber to exercising on a horizontal treadmill when it comes to achieved work. Therefore it is very essential for quick weight loss.
    2. It boosts your Cardio Efforts and helps in instant in raise your heart proportion. 20 minutes of drill is expected to encompass 19 minutes with an inflated heart ratio, escalating your cardio betterments.

  1. It increases core muscle strength of the user. Using this type of machine requires simple equilibrium but meaningful power durability, highly helpful than other cardio techniques. The straightforward step of sustaining balance bring on board core muscles with each step, dwelling strength and stamina of this precariously substantial muscle group.
  2. It tones and molds your entire lower body part. It engages each considerable muscle in your lower body as many as 120+ times/minute. Immense repetitions are acclaimed for building bare muscle and burning fat which results in toned and shaped muscles.
  3. This type of machine makes you work hard without being hard on you. You can accomplish tremendous work achievements while gripping at very low speeds in correspondence to other workout alternatives, minimizing the accentuation on the body.
  4. This machine is far better than original Stairs Climbing. Real stairs commonly means you get to the top and then have to go back down. Climbing down the stairs is much tougher on your knees than climbing up because your muscles and connective tissues are being used as restraints to altercate the effect of gravity, and you are striking every step with more force.
  5. By using this machine you can make 20 minutes count for 30. It brings together so many definite effects such as cardio, strengthening, muscle building and toning in one exercise.
  6. This machine is very simple and easy to operate. Therefore the one who uses it will not be stressed out with its functions.
  7. It mobilizes the neurological system in other way than most of the other machines and exercises. It requires you to maneuver your body in an alternate motion with your limbs. Learning to shift up your right arm with your left leg and vice versa in one flowing motion builds allocations, so you become healthy, boost power, and learn to move more comfortably in all activities.
  8. Our daily cardio is mostly restricted to walking, running, and cycling—things that move us advance. Though they undoubtedly have their benefits, but only moving this way means you are neglecting some important muscle groups. On the Versa Climber you will move your body vertically that will give more strength to the arms and legs and will increase the strength of the body too.

Maintenance and Care: How to clean your Vacuum Cleaner

There are numerous ways to clean your vacuum cleaner, depending on the brand (manufacturer) and design. However, it is best to always follow the user’s manual as they are very specific to the type and brand that you are using. What is presented here are just the general guidelines that you can use for cleaning your unit.

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When you give even just 15 minutes of your time, two to three times a week you will notice a better performance of your vacuum cleaner. So grab the following tools and materials and start cleaning.

  1. A big plastic bag, trash or garbage bag for the collected dirt.
  1. A pair of scissors strong enough to cut through cloth, preferably a seam ripper.

  1. Clean cotton pads.

  1. 40% or 70% isopropyl alcohol.

  1. Flowing water source, preferably in your lawn, garage, or dirty kitchen.

  1. Clean, absorbent cloth and rags.

 

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Depending on the type of vacuum that you have, whether it is a bagged or bagless vacuum, you need to properly dispose the contents straight to your garbage bag. This means that for a bagged vacuum cleaner, remove the bag. And for the bagless vacuum cleaner empty the canister.
  2. Remove all the parts that are part of any assemblies. For example a detachable HEPA filter, attachments and nozzles.
  3. Using your scissors, cut any entanglement in your beater bar and/or nozzle head. Common are hairs, furs, strings, or any threads.

 

Let’s start cleaning from the inside out. This will ensure the decrease in the transfer of dirt and microorganisms. A word of advice, the bottom of the vacuum cleaner is the dirtiest part of it.

  1. For a bagless type, wash or wipe it thoroughly. Dry it very well before putting it back in your vacuum. Of course for a bagged type you need to replace it with a new compatible bag.
  2. Prepare a mixture of your mild detergent (depending on what the store recommends) and clean water. Using your clean cloth dampen it with your soap solution. Use the damped cloth to clean the insides and outsides of your vacuum (except for the bottom part).
  3. With another clean cloth, wipe your vacuum dry.
  4. Now, it’s time to clean the bottom part of the vacuum cleaner. Some vacuum cleaners have their air outlet at the bottom, making it the dirtiest part. You can start by cleaning it with your damp cloth with soap solution. After which, wipe it dry. Next, using your rubbing alcohol and clean cotton pads, wipe that area again, making sure you cover the whole area with alcohol. This only takes a minute or two to dry.
  5. Now connect all the parts, and your vacuum is ready to go.

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Of course, before getting started with any electric appliances, you always have to make sure that your unit is not plugged, that you are away from any socket (due to the use of water), and no kids will bother your work area. Remember, safety considerations are important to prevent any unwanted accidents.

Copita Del Mercado – One Of The Best Places To Eat In London

When one is looking forward to good food, tapas restaurant and bars is somewhere to make sure you visit. I recently decided to check out Copita del Mercado after a day of walking past it in the evening. I noticed a crowd waiting and enjoying drinks in their beer garden and made an assumption there is something special about the place. It certainly seemed like one of the best tapas Shoreditch has to offer. The next day without hesitation I made sure I was one of the people in-line in the evening. Even though I had to wait a while before getting the services offered, the food made up for the long wait!

 

Copita Del Mercado

This small canteen style restaurant gives one a great experience when it comes to atmosphere, elegance, and service. The most pronounced feature is the way the staff handles the customers despite the fact that the restaurant is busy.

Moreover, the ambiance in the restaurant is terrific especially the fact that Spanish tradition is included in the preparation of the food. The artichokes were my favorite not forgetting the octopus and ox tongue. The wine selection of the restaurant is not long as such but still one gets a good wine bottle that satisfies.

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The aroma in the air gives one the urge to keep on ordering the food. We ate at least seven plates with friends while conversing. Then came the dessert, which blew my taste buds away. Tapa has its food beautifully prepared that makes the customer salivate. A good view of the creations is best at the counter where you can see the chefs put together the recipes.

I would totally recommend any person to visit tapas restaurant and bar to have a Spanish experience outside Spain. Not because its food is delicious but because, if it were in Spain, I still would frequent the restaurant without reluctance. Make a point of visiting and share the experience with others.

 

The Essential of Having a Pressure cooker

Rice is part of the diet of most people these days. During the times when pressure cooker is not yet available, people cook rice in a pot placed over a stove. The process of preparing rice for every meal is time consuming. Everything changed with the invention of the pressure cooker. It allows easy and efficient rice preparation. On its early days, these cookers don’t have an auto-off function yet so someone should still do the monitoring. As time progress and pressure cookers were developed better and better, cooking rice became hassle free. Thanks to all the features that comes with this kitchenware which include and auto-off when the rice is ready. Almost all the kitchen today has at least once pressure cooker which is a great proof of its importance.

Pressure cookers today have become an important part of a healthy diet. Most dishes today are prepared with rice over it or on the side. With the new features of these cookers today, rice preparation had become consistent and easy. Even children could now help in cooking rice. People who do not use this kitchenware for cooking are often troubled with the amount of water to use. You don’t have to face this challenge with the use of a pressure cooker. Rice which is prepared using a cooker have a more consistent and better taste since everything is cooked evenly.

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Aside from producing rice, it could also be used to cook desserts, soups, hot cereals, veggies and more. The preparation or method of cooking depends much on the features of the pressure cooker you have at home. It is advantageous to have a model where you could adjust the time to keep warm anything inside the cooker. There are now also some cookers which have a preset setting when cooking other type of foods like sour and brown sugar. With this, you don’t have to think too much and simply select the right setting. You get perfect result regardless of the food you are cooking.

When you look for one in the market, you’ll be surprise that this kitchenware comes in different price. This is because there are simple cookers while some have various features. Those which are of better quality that comes with more features are more expensive. Quality, technology and looks define the price of a cooker. Regardless of the price of your cooker, expect that it could do its job perfectly. The only difference with those expensive cookers is that you could do more and you could also enjoy its use for a longer period of time even with frequent use. If you settle for a cheap cooker, do not expect to use it for many years.

Talking about pressure cookers, it is not anymore about a question if it’s needed or not. It’s proven that every home should have this kitchenware not only for convenience but also to help save time in cooking. With the fast-paced lifestyle we have today, it’s good that we have access to something which makes rice preparation faster and hassle-free.

Our best pressure cooker recipes

Southern Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

Ingredients:
125 ml oil.
1/2 cup plain flour.
2 large onions.
3 stalks celery.
1/2 green capsicum.
2 links Italian sausage.
3 cups boned chicken, cut into 1 in cubes.
4L chicken stock
1 bunch parsley.
1 cup green onions
Salt.

Make a roux by cooking equal amounts of flour and oil. Cook over a medium-high heat, string the roux for a few minutes to combine. Turn the heat down very low until roux bubbles very slowly. It will look like the bubbles rising from a pancake before you flip it. Cooking time varies, but 30-45 minutes would be normal.
When the roux is a dark, rich brown, add onions, celery, capsicum (peeper) and garlic. Saute until softened. Add the sliced sausage, cooking until sausage is lightly browned. Add chicken and stock (broth). Stir well to mix and ensure that any roux sticking to the bottom of the pressure cooker is loosened.
Lock the lid in place and cook with high heat and cook for 20 minutes.
Remove the lid carefully.
Replace pressure cooker on medium heat and stir in parsley and green onions (shallots, scallions). Salt to taste . Simmer for 5 minutes to allow seasonings to blend. By the end, the sauce should be rich, dark and thick. If not, simmer gently until desired consistency is reached.
To prepare boned chicken, boil cleaned and cut-up chicken in lightly salted water with peeled carrot, two stalks celery and one small whole onion. Cool and debone, discarding skin and bones.
There are no real rules with gumbo other than the roux and the trinity of celery, onions and green capsicum (pepper). As a variation, prawn and crab or duck and smoked chicken sausage or prawns and hard-boiled eggs are well worth frying.
For a thicker gumbo, add 1 cup of chopped okra when you add the celery, onions and green capsicum (pepper).

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Pumpkin Soup with Leek, Potato and butternut.

2 tbsp butter.
40 ml olive oil 2 tpsp.
1 medium onion , peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced.
2 leeks, white portion only, sliced.
5 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tbsp sugar, firmly packed.
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, minced.
1 bay leaf
1 kg (2lb) butternut pumpkin (squash), peeled and cut in 2,5 cm(1 in) cubes.
500g (1 lb) thin skin white potatoes, cut in 2,5 cm( 1 in) cubes.
1l (4 cups) vegetable or chicken stock.
½ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated salt to taste
½ tsp ground white pepper.
170 ml (2/3 cup) butter milk.
Fresh chives or parsley , minced , for garnish.
In pressure cooker heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion and celery in pressure cooker. Stir to mix. Remember to add white sugar and thyme also add sage then stir to mix. Add bay leaf, pumpkin, potatoes and 750 ml (3 cups) of stock (broth).
Lock the lid in place and over high heat bring to high pressure. Adjust heat to maintain high pressure cooker and cook for 12 minutes. Let the pressure of cooker drop.
Discard bay leaf and put nutmeg and salt and pepper. Puree mixture in a blender or mill. Return pureed soup to a large saucepan and add remaining stock (broth) and buttermilk. Mix well and heat without boiling. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with chives or parsley.

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Bacon Soup

8 strips of bacon
1 onion, finely diced.
3 carrots, 3 ribs of celery.
1 red bell pepper.
1 green bell peper.
2 cloves garlic.
3 cups corn kernels.
3 cups smaill diced yellow potato.
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves.
1/8 teaspoon flour
2 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 quart chicken stock
1 cup 1/2 and 1/2.

Serves 6 prep Easier Cook time 6 mins
Preheat you pressure cooker.
Add the bacon to the electric pressure cooker and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon, set aside. Then put the onion, carrots, garlic, celery, peppers. Corn, potato to the cooker.
Continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes and then sprinkle the thyme , cayenne, flour , salt, and pepper on top. Stir well to distribute the flour evenly over the vegetables.
Add the broth (chicken stock) then Pressure cook in high for 6 minutes.
Reduce the pressure (use quick-release method) and carefully remove the lid.
Stir the soup well to crush some of the potatoes, and add the half and half and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with the reserved cooked bacon and parsley and serve with a green salad and crusty bread.

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