Pizza Sticks with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

So ya have some leftover dough from your buns (see HERE) and you want to eat something yummy. Well prepare yourself for something great….
Roll out your dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder, and any herbs you like.  (I used basil and oregano).
Now shred cheese on one half of the rectangle.
(I also added a drizzle of my favourite sweet BBQ sauce.)
Fold your dough over to seal everything in.  Roll with your rolling pin just to flatten out slightly.
Let rise for 30 min.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 min.
Cut into strips.
An AMAZING dip for these is a roasted red pepper and sun dried tomato puree….
This actually came from a Vegetarian Times recipe for pita pizza.  This was the sauce they used instead of a tomato pizza sauce:

1 cup jarred roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained.
6 oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, plus 1 tbsp. oil.
1 clove garlic, pressed or chopped super fine. (I used 2)
(I also found it a bit acidic so I added a tbsp. of honey to cut the acid and add some sweet, taste it and see if you think it needs it for yourself)
Put everything into the food processor and spin the crap out of it.

Burger Buns... so fast they should wear a cape!

I found a recipe for fast burger buns and thought I would try them.  The process is a bit different from anything I had ever done before but I was really pleased with them and the great thing is they only require 40 min. of proofing/rising.

Here is the recipe:
4.5 cups flourIMG_0013 ( I used two cups all purpose & 2.5 cups whole wheat)
2 tbsp. yeast
1 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup oil (i used olive oil)
3 tbsp. honey.
In a bowl combine 2 cups of flour and the yeast.  Stir to mix the yeast through.
Heat the water, milk, honey, salt, and oil until warm but NOT hot. (I just microwaved the whole thing in a glass measuring cup for a minute on high).
Stir this into the flour until it’s all combined.  Add the rest of the flour gradually until you have a soft dough.  Knead until soft and smooth.  Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rest for 10 min.
Roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick using a round cutter of some sort.  Place on a greased baking sheet (I used parchment paper instead) and let rise for 30 min.  Bake for 12-15 min. at 400 degrees.

This recipe should make about 2 dozen buns.  If you have no use for 2 dozen.... hold on and I'll show you what I did with the other half...... to be continued.

Cookbook guilt

I bought a new cookbook.  I have quite a NUMBER of cookbooks.  Justifying the need for another one is not easy, but somehow I did it. To be fair ~ I took it out of the library originally and  by the time I wrote down all the page numbers of things I wanted to try/copy down I had half the book listed.  So here it is…
Canadian Living ~ The Vegetarian Collection.

The longest crochet project of my life….

Some of you might remember this picture from 2010.  It was my gift to my husband last Christmas. 

I’m pleased to announce that with only a week to spare his gift was finally finished for this past Christmas!
I’m not going to lie to you.  Crocheting something this size and then felting it is a daunting project.  Before it was felted it pretty much covered our bed.  The best/worst compliment I got was from my youngest son who took one look at it and said: “I want one too!” Oye.  Maybe for his 18th birthday.

Tea… it’s not just for drinking anymore.

Last night my children were a little put out that there had been no dessert for quite a while.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have much to work with to change our sugarless streak.  I did however have a HEAP of left-over rice from dinner.  So…. into the oven it went with a few additions.  One such addition was the contents of two chai tea bags.  Let me tell ya… it was yummy.  Here is a brief outline:

1 can of light coconut milk
2 eggs
3 tbsp. sugar
2 chai tea bags or about 1 tbsp. loose chai tea blend
1 cup raisins
1 cup flaked coconut
2 cups of leftover sticky rice
Beat the eggs, mix everything together, dump it into a baking dish.  Place this into a larger pan and add a enough water to reach half way up your baking dish.  Bake for 45 min. at 325 degrees.  The kids loved it once I convinced them to try it.

Resolutions Past & Present

If you recall, last year I resolved to read a book a month.  No problem.  I think I went a bit off the rails in posting my reading adventure so I will briefly sum up….

January: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (Miller) ~ spiritual
February: Ignore Everyone (Macleod) ~ art, creativity 
March: Super Freakanomics (Levitt) psychology
April: Buyology (Lindstrom) ~ psychology & marketing
May: The Kind Diet (Silverstone) ~ vegetarianism
June: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Larsson) ~ fiction
July: Rework (Fried & Hansson) - psychology and business
August: The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver) ~ fiction
September: The Lovely Bones (Sebold) ~fiction
October: The Girl who played with Fire (Larsson) ~ fiction
November: The Girl who kicked a Hornets Nest (Larsson) ~ fiction
December: Exiles (Frost)  ~ spiritual

I don't think I read a book I didn't like. If I had to pick a favorite I would say my favorite fiction was The Poisonwood Bible, non-fiction was A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.  Here's hoping 2011 brings more good reading!  If you want to read more about what I though of the books you can hit BOOKS in the label list and there should be reviews for at first half of the year at least!

My Favorite Whole Wheat Bread

I know I've posted a bunch of bread recipe's, and at the time they really are my favorite.  BUT.  My CURRENT favorite is this beautiful whole wheat from  the Amish and Mennonite Kitchens cookbook.  I like that it makes 4 loaves because my dudes can go through it no problem.  However, it also freezes well for those who can't scarf down that many carbs in a short time.  You can also half the recipe pretty easily.

2 pkgs dry yeast
4 cups warm water
1/2 cup soft margarine or butter
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp salt
6 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups white flour

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water
2. Combine margarine, molasses, honey, and salt in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Add yeast mixture.  Gradually add flour.  Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth.  Place in greased bowl and let rise until double.  Punch Down.  Let dough rest for a few minutes.  Shape into four loaves and place in greased bread pans.  Let rise about 1 hour. 
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Homemade bread...It's a thing of beauty.

No Waste shopping at Bulk Barn

I recently viewed a video on Facebook of a supermarket that creates no waste.  All of the containers are reusable and you simply fill, use, ...