Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday Tastings

Okay so my new book, Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a day, is the absolute best cookbook I have ever read. Last night, after it cooled down, My hubby sat at our island while I stir together
the ingredients for regular bread and another of Brioche.
He was mesmerized by how simple it was to do. He was waiting for me to knead the dough, get all messy, scrape my counter, and NONE of that took place. I just mixed the ingredients in the big plastic tub, put the lid on, and let them sit on my counter for 2 hours, then just put them in my backyard fridge! That's it! Today, if I need fresh bread for dinner, I just pull out a piece, form it, let it rise and pop it in the oven! Voila!
Okay, off the bread subject. My men are all home, and are always hungry it seems.
It's a full time job keeping them fed.
So now my prep involves cutting veggies into strips so they can have them for dips or salsa as an alternative to chips, which I don't buy.
I am also making a ton of cooked brown rice on prep day too. It is a great go to snack in a hurry.
You can mix it with salsa for a mexican style cold rice salad, or mix it with a little sugar and cinnamon for a quick rice breakfast, or you can heat it up and wrap it up with salsa, and cheese and a slice of roast beef or two for a quick burrito.
I'm also keeping hard boiled eggs around.
Packed with protein, they are a great grab and my kids love em. If they want two, I let them eat one whole and one without the yolk, unless they are having practice or a workout that day, then I let them have another yolk.
Tonights dinner is the 30 minute chicken recipe. Too hot to turn on the oven. I will be baking my bread in my back patio oven this summer.
I'll serving it with couscous seasoned with Pineapple Salsa and a tomato and onion salad dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Stay cool today!

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