So, this month I asked Susie for some of her favorite easy and quick recipes.
[Photo credit: Eleanor Crowell Photography]
Susie worked in a bakery when she was a young girl. She would wake up at Midnight and work until 8 am, so that the bread was ready by 6 am for the community. She was 10 years old! I can’t even get my daughter to pick up her clothes off the floor!
I don’t know about you, but the smell of freshly baked bread makes me so happy. I always fantasized about making my own bread, but let’s face it. Who has the time to bake your own bread?
I even got a bread maker from a garage sale once, but that didn’t even workout. I never thought baking bread would be “easy & quick” until we did this shoot. It is called Easy Bread. It is delicious and really is easy. You have to try it!
Pyrex bowl with lid
2 Cups of flour (we used all purpose organic flour)
½ tsp of salt
¼ oz of yeast (we used 1 packet of Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise, instant yeast)
1tsp of Olive oil
1 Cup of water (slightly warmed – 10seconds in the microwave)
1 Sprig of Rosemary
2-4 Big green Olives
Instead of Rosemary and Olives, you can add a 1Tbl of flaxseed, or 1tsp raisins and 1tsp of crushed walnuts. This is where you get creative.
Step 2. Combine all the ingredients and mix it up with a wooden spoon. The dough is very sticky
Step 3. Knead the flour on a marble counter or board. Be sure to sprinkle flour on the surface to prevent the dough from sticking to the counter. Keep doing this for about 5 mins until the dough stops sticking to everything. See the little video.
Step 4: brush the Pyrex bowl liberally with olive oil. Put the bread dough into the bowl and pat it flat gently, just to make the top flat instead of dome like- round. Add a ½ tsp of olive oil to the top of the dough
Step 5: make a # on the top of the dough with the end of the knife. This is for decoration once the bread is fully baked .
Step 7: increase the oven temp to 350 degrees F for 15 min until light brown. Your house should now be smelling heavenly.
Entertaining favorite or Weekend Lunch
When your home baked bread starts to get stale because there are none of those terrible preservatives in it. This is a great way to use up the remaining bits.
2 vine Ripe Tomatoes or 2 cups of grape Tomatoes
Fresh Basil (8-10 leaves)
¼ tsp Salt to taste
Chop the shallot finely into a bowl. Chop the tomatoes and add them to the shallot. Sprinkle ¼ tsp of salt. Chop the fresh basil (approx. 8-10 leaves) and mix them into the tomato and shallot mixture. Drizzle, 2 Tbl of balsamic vinegar first and then 3 Tbls of Olive oil. Mix together. Let it sit for 15 mins or more to allow the tomato to soak up the flavors.
Toast the Bread. Add the Tomato mixture onto the top of the bread. For garnish you can drizzle a balsamic glaze or syrup &… Voila.
Completely Gluten & Vegan for those in need.
½ Red Onion
Jalapeno – optional
Bunch of cilantro
Step 1: Chop up the onion first into a bowl. Add the Juice of 1 lime and salt (1/4 tsp)
Step 2: Chop up the tomatoes, shred the cauliflower and the carrots. Chop up the cilantro and add this to the bowl with the onion.
Step 3: Mix all the ingredients. Add more salt or lime as desired.
I don’t know about you, but after I have made breakfast for my daughter and her school lunch, I rarely get to eat myself. I get to work and I am starving, thus looking for a coffee and a pastry along the way. Too often we feed our children and neglect ourselves and run into “Hangry” stages of the day. Here is a quick fix. Oats a Mason jar! Make your favorite mix of oats and store it in mason jars for 4-5 days in the in the fridge. This was our favorite mix.
Ingredients to Fill 1 mason Jar:
½ Cup of your favorite Raw Oats. (I like Sprouted, Gluten Free, Organic Old Fashion Oats)
½ tsp of Chia Seeds
½ tsp of Flax Seeds
1 Tbl of chopped Almonds
1 Tbl of chopped Walnuts
1 tsp of Currents
1 Tbl of Blueberries
1 Tbl of Rasberries
Raw Sugar, Honey or Agave to taste – Optional
What to do:
Step 1:Cook ½ Cup of your favorite oats, the way you like it..
Step 2: Remove from heat and allow to stand for a few minutes to cool
Step 3: Add your goodies. Chia seed, Flax Seed, Almonds & Walnuts & sugar
Step 4: Fill your Maison jars to ¾ of the way. Add the berries to the top.
Step 5: Once the oats have cooled to room temperature, close the jars and refrigerate.