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When my daughter was tiny she always called Garlic Bread "Dalek Bread", because she was brought up in a properly Whovian household and we thought it was cute and we never bothered to correct her. These days she is a much more world weary 13, but we still have one of these, which is the perfect size for a loaf of bread...

Equipment
  • One Dalek baking mould
  • Two big mixing bowls (or one Kenwood Chef)
  • Weighing Scales
  • Oven
  • Large, clean, dry, flat work surface

Ingredients
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fast Action Bread Yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • A good 20 grinds of black pepper from the pepper grinder
  • 360ml hand-hot milk
  • Some light olive oil

Method

If you're lucky enough to have a working Kenwood Chef (or similar) throw it all in and set it going with the dough hook. For those of us whose Kenwood Chef is broken, however...
  • Put all the dry ingredients in one of your mixing bowls and mix them together so they are all evenly distributed. You can use a well-washed hand for this, you'll be using your hands a LOT in this recipe.
  • Pour in the milk and a little dribble of oil - no more than a tablespoon of oil - and then mix throughly with your hands till you get a (quite sticky) dough
  • Oil your work surface with some more of the olive oil.
  • Knead. Knead like your life depended on it. Or, if you're me, get [personal profile] matgb to show off his kneading prowess.
  • Oil the inside of bowl #2
  • Place your kneaded D'Oh in the oiled bowl, cover the bowl with clinging film, and leave it to rise until it is roughly doubled in size. This will take a couple of hours. Go have a bath or something.
  • When the dough is doubled in size, oil the inside of your dalek.
  • Knock back the dough on a floured surface, roughly shape it till it fits the dalek, and then carefully fit it into the mould
  • Leave it to prove in the dalek
  • Preheat your oven to 220oc/gas mark 8
  • Once the bread is proved and the oven is preheated, bake for about 30 minutes.
  • Take it out, tip it onto a cooling rack, and leave to cool completely before cutting into it.

Your end result should look like this, and be very tasty and garlicky.
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My roomie and I observed US Independence Day by eating...Cuban food. Heh. Cuban food always reminds me of one of the best meals I ever ate with a friend in Los Angeles at a place called Versailles (the one in Manhattan Beach, specifically). They're famous for their garlic chicken and WOW is it amazing. You can actually smell the roasted garlic when you walk in the front door and for garlic lovers, it's the most beautiful perfume. The garlic is so infused into the chicken that when we took home the well-wrapped leftovers, you could still smell the garlic when the refrigerator door was shut. GUH.

Anyway, here's what I made for the Caribbean food challenge:
Urp. )
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I suspect all of these were about as Italian as a fourth generation New Yorker, but like that fourth generation New Yorker I choose to call them Italian anyway ;) The meal consisted of: warm bruscetta with tomatoes, basil and cheese; followed by vegetarian spag bol; followed by Italian-style baked fruit and ice cream.

I just et all that lot, and am fit to asplode, so if there are typos and/or some of this doesn't make sense, blame the food.

pics and recipes under here )

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