Sunday, 17 March 2013

super easy no-knead bread a kid could bake

we are baking all of our bread for several months now, probably more than half a year, and we always look for new methods, types of breads and tastes. it was quiet a journey for our first tries about a year ago to good edible bread, mainly because we had no one to teach us, I guess except for youtube and Pinterest. But i think with a good recipe you can have success from the beginning. Some days ago we stumbled upon this bread recipe by Jim Lahey at the sullivan street bakery on a blog/pinterest and we just had to give it a try. Just look at the crust and how easy it is and you will understand why. 
I think this is an amazing bread for beginners as it involves almost no work and there is nothing you can do wrong. So give it a try! here is how it works:
You will need a cast iron pot with a lid that has no plastic on it or where the plastic parts are removable. A bowl, a kitchen towel and of course an oven.
as well as:
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • some extra flour or wheat bran
  1. put the flour, salt and yeast in the bowl and mix.
  2. add the water and mix until you have some kind of dough. no kneading required.
  3. let it sit for at least 12 hours. we usually let it sit in a bowl (preferably not a metal bowl as some people say it prevents acidity and disturbs the yeast) and cover it with a moist kitchen towel.
  4. preheat the oven to 500F/260C and place your cast iron pot inside. you want that pot screaming hot.
  5. slightly flour a surface and dump the dough there. fold it like shown in the video.
  6. cover a kitchen towel with some wheat bran or flour and put the dough there, the seamed side down and cover with bran or flour.
  7. now take out your cast iron pot put the dough from the kitchen towel on your hand and then in the pot so the seamed side is up.
  8. cover with the lid and bake for 30min with and 20min without lid.
  9. when finished let it sit to cool a bit and enjoy!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

70+ things you can do with toilette paper rolls

toilet paper rolls is something everyone has and almost everyone throws away or gives to recycling. but there are so many things you can make out of them, especially kids projects. so recently we decided to start collecting the rolls instead of bringing them to the recycling station and i started looking for things to do with them. here are some of the projects i found. they range from fun kids projects to seed startes, garlands and art. click on the photos to get to the tutorials (some of them might be in other languages, but google translate and all the photos will do the job =))


marble slide on the wall
gold mine marble slide

many halloween projects

doll chairs
music instrument
advent calendar

toilet papaer knitting

confetti rockets


bird feeder