You might remember I mentioned in a previous post that I have been dealt some very rocky and sticky chocolate days lately. My mother’s health has been steadily deteriorating and the physical and emotional stress that I experience because of this has been mounting.
To find a way to decompress the stress and relax at night before going to bed was a very big challenge for me. Then my sister unwittingly presented me with the solution. She gave me a pair of handknitted mittens as a present and also showed me how to knit them.
The very next day found me sitting in bed knitting away just before going to sleep. The steady clicking of the needles, the feeling of the soft wool in my hands, the beautiful colours and the concentration it took not to miss or loose the stitches, were so relaxing that I continued knitting. Now I am the owner of a mountain of mittens in various colours and sizes. Well, I thought, I have presents for next winter for everyone in my family and my sanity is intact!
Anthropologists think that early man gathered grain and stored it for later use. Wheat grew in Mesopotamia and Egypt. It was probably initially just chewed.The first breads were made from grains and seeds harvested from existing wild plants. Later it was discovered that the grains could be ground and the ensuing “flour” mixed with water. It was moulded into cakes, which were dried in the sun or baked in coals.
Around 1000 BC, it was thought that fermentation was discovered, probably by accident. It is believed that some bread was left outside long enough to attract wild yeast spores, causing fermentation. This caused the dough to trap gas bubbles and rise and the technique spread to all countries bordering the Mediterranean. (History of Bread. bread.com.au)
Today I am going to show you what can be done with the store bought dough of a loaf of bread. My family call it a breadbasket and it makes a wonderful Saturday night meal.
Use any vegetables of your choice, add chunks of chicken if preferred. Lightly stirfry the vegetables in olive oil and set aside.Don’t overcook as the vegetables will become too soft.
With a rolling pin roll the store bought dough to a thickness of about 2cm. Spread a thin layer of tomato paste on the base and add a little grated mozzarella cheese. Roughly form a basket with your hands on a baking tray, then fill the basket with stirfried vegetables. Sprinkle seasoning over the vegetables.If the dough does’nt stay in a basket form use toothpicks to secure the dough to some of the vegetables.
Bake for 30-40 minutes in a preheated oven 180 C. Enjoy your daily bread.