Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bread by Brian

By the time we had gotten back to Moscow, Brian had only 3 weeks left of his Breadmaking Elective. When school reopened last week after a one-week break, his new elective was Computer Graphics (Forensics was oversubscribed).

These were from his last two breadmaking sessions. This first nasty-looking one is Quick Winter Herb Bread. Brian is such a fan of his own bakes :) He gobbled this up cos no one else would have it. The ingredients include Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Honey, Buttermilk, Nuts, Raisins and Marjoram, whatever that may be.



Now this one I like. It's Bliny, it's like the national pancake. Both Brian and I gobbled this up real quick.



Now, seeing that Brian loved his own baking so much, I signed Sean up for Cooking after-school activity (which he was keen on too), hoping he might also start to learn to try new food that he prepared himself. Yesterday was the first day of Cooking. Brian and I met Sean after the activity and he handed us a container which held 3 star-shaped cookies with strawberry-cream fillings.

When I asked Sean if he'd like to eat the cookie, he said No, I don't like the filling. The cookies were really yummy, Brian and I chomped up one and a half cookie each. Even seeing how much we were savouring the cookies couldn't persuade Sean to just try some.

Failed experiment --should have signed him up for Basketball!

14 comments:

monlim said...

Patience, he'll come around! The pancakes look really good but do they taste very different from the regular ones from Betty Crocker? Looks the same to my untrained eye...

Lilian said...

I think the real Bliny is supposed to be thinner/flatter, and the ones I buy from the store are pretty oily, very fragrant sweet & salty taste. Can be very addictive and definitely fattening.

elan said...

At least Brian is interested to learn to bake! Anyway, why don't you let him use your zojirushi machine to try the first herb bread again.
Use the white bread recipe that comes with the machine, susbtitute 1 tbsp of olive oil, use 1/2 the sugar and add in garlic powder and 2 tsps of dried mixed Italian herbs/ spaghetti seasoning (they contain all the herbs you mentioned, easier than buying 5 different bottles). The result is a yummy Italian style bread that my family polishes off in 1 meal as a starter with mushroom soup or tomato soup. Are you still using the machine by the way?
elan

Lilian said...

My family not very adventurous with bread lah haha...yes, I'm still using the machine almost everyday but just to bake your regular soft sandwich bread. We're quite scared of the miracle sandwich bread sold here that has shelf-life of 4 months!!

When you say substitute with olive oil, what do you mean? Subsitute butter with olive oil? I'm very goon when it comes to these things, give me the exact recipe lah...

elan said...

Yes use olive oil instead of the butter in the basic white bread recipe. Use 1/2 tbsp instead of 1 tbsp of sugar. Then add in the garlic powder and herbs when the machine beeps for 'add".

easy lah. Must try, I just made it for dinner just now but became more adventurous and substituted some whole meal flour.....trying to be healthier.(Don't try that yet).

Lilian said...

Oooh thanks...no worries, won't try wholemeal...in this house, that'll just be throwing a whole loaf of bread away!

Anonymous said...

The pancakes look delicious! You are so lucky, Brian can bake!

I'm hungry at this hour... think need to go to the fridge and look for food....

Chris

mariposa said...

hey, do you think he'll want to learn how to make roti prata? Hmm... that would be delicious..

YY.

Lilian said...

Aiyoh Chris ah, what time is it over there, you're raiding the fridge? Nevermind, I'm also like that, just had a Kitkat at 10pm...

YY, there's this Chinatown brand of frozen prata that we buy from Singapore, just pan-fry and you get fluffy, really delicious prata, better than most of the rubbish sold in Singapore stalls these days.

Btw, it's not that Brian can bake lah, he was just placed in this Elective when he returned to school. I don't foresee him baking anything independently anytime soon.

mariposa said...

Oh yes, we use 'Chinatown' brand frozen prata too! And guess what, hubby thought up an ingenious way of making egg-pratas with it, with the egg incorporated INSIDE the prata!

You know when the prata 'puffs up' during cooking? He cuts a big cross in the top layer, opens the flaps, pours in beaten egg, close flaps. Voila!! Haha!

I would use Yeo's brand of Red Curry gravy-in-a-can, add a little chicken-stock powder and perhaps a little chili powder, and eat with the pratas. Hubby thinks these canned curry gravies are awful, but loves vacuum-packed Trader Joe's Indian curries (which are authentically made-in-India, and of restaurant quality!) which are very cheap at ~USD2 only!

Well that is usually what we do for a quick, after-church Sunday lunch..

YY.

Lilian said...

Whaaat?! You can get Chinatown brand prata in Canada? haha, only those who left Singapore and live overseas can understand how precious such products are to us :) How did people ever get by in the past without 'necessities' like these, Prima Packs etc...

Never heard of Trader Joe's. I usually only prepare prata when I have leftover curry chicken, I use A1 brand of curry paste.

You know, I was just thinking last weekend when I made prata about how to make egg prata, and here you are with your husband's ingenious method. But got no big onion leh...

mariposa said...

Trader Joe's has over 300 stores in the US, but unfortunately none in Canada, as yet. The closest is this branch that just opened last year in Bellingham--a weekend shopping haunt of Vancouverites just ~23 min after the US-Canadian border. Whenever we pop down to the US we make a point of dropping by Trader Joe's. The store is hugely popular, carrying gourmet-quality food at supermarket prices! Last time we were there, hubby bought some 20 pkts of said Indian curries. Each pkt serves about 2 and you only need to warm it up, no need to cook. It comes with beans or lentils. You can add your own onions or meat or potatoes if you like.

YY.

mariposa said...

Oh yes, when you make the egg-prata you must use low or low-medium heat. You mustn't wait until the prata is nearly cooked before cutting the top, or else it will be too cooked by the time the egg is cooked. It takes a while for the egg to firm up fully inside.

YY.

Lilian said...

You're so lucky, whatever you can't find in Canada, just take a short drive and you're in the US!