Naan Recipe without Yogurt by @Donna_Fasano

Using a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, you can make delicious, light, and chewy flat bread. Many Naan recipes use yogurt, but I rarely have plain yogurt in my fridge. So, I’ve come up with this recipe. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Naan Recipe

Naan Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk or plain milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + some extra for brushing

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Cover and let it stand for 10 minutes at warm place.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, milk, vinegar, olive oil, and the yeast mixture.
  3. Stir to combine until dough comes together. Knead for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth and silky.
  4. Divide the dough into six equal pieces. Roll each piece in a ball. Cover dough balls with a damp cloth and let rise for 1 hour.
  5. Heat a large skillet over a medium-high heat.
  6. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough balls into flat ovals that are 1/4-inch thickness. Place an oval into the heated skillet. Cook the Naan bread until it begins to bubble and turn golden. Flip the bread and cook the other side. Brush with some olive oil. Repeat the process until all 6 of the Naan is cooked. Serve warm.

February Sale

This month, I’m offering SECOND CHANCE VALENTINE for just 99¢.

Second Chance Valentine 333 x 500

As teens, Josie and Alex met under golden sunshine, frolicked in the surf and sand, and fell head over toes in love. But circumstances arose that ruined their one glorious summer, and Josie fled Ocean City with a broken heart.

Now Josie’s grandmother is ill and needs help with the family business, a thriving harbor-side diner called Joe’s Place. So after more than a dozen years, Josie returns to her hometown only to discover she has a 180-pound problem—Alex is the Kitchen Commander at Joe’s Place. Surely, Josie can work with Alex to keep the diner going and retain her dignity until her grandmother is back on her feet. However, when Alex’s little girl starts scheming, not a single heart will be safe against the twelve-year-old matchmaker.

This book contains bonus recipes from Joe’s Place!

Look for all the titles in the Ocean City Boardwalk Series:
Following His Heart, Book 1
Two Hearts in Winter, Book 2
Wild Hearts of Summer, Book 3
An Almost Perfect Christmas, Book 4
Grown-Up Christmas List, Book 5
The Wedding Planner’s Son, Book 6
Second Chance Valentine, Book 7
Her Mr. Miracle, Book 8

Travel with Mona, in Train through Switzerland

We flew to Geneva in August, supposedly the warmest month in Europe and landed through dark clouds and pouring rain. My first impression wasn’t the best.

My first sight of the Lake
with the Geneva Water Fountain
Geneva is well-known as the headquarters
of Europe’s United Nations and Red Cross

From Geneva we boarded the train to Zermatt, in southern Switzerland, a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking.

Zermatt’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants, and also has a lively after-ski scene. 
No combustion engine vehicles are allowed in Zermatt. In fact, this Swiss municipality has been free of cars for most of its history. In 1961, the citizens voted to uphold the ban.
After two delightful days in Zermatt, we boarded the Glacier Express Bahnhofstrasse. 
The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak.
The slopes of Matterhorn present the magnificent beauty of the landscape and nature. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding during the winter or hiking during the summer.
The Glacier Express train has panoramic sealed windows all the way to the roof. 

A journey with the Glacier Express: The Glacier Express is a direct train from Zermatt to St. Moritz. The train is also referred to as the ‘slowest express train in the world’: the journey takes about 8 hours. There is a good reason for this slow pace: the train squeezes its way through the Alps, through narrow valleys, tight curves, 91 tunnels, and across 291 bridges, allowing us to admire breathtaking views.

In Summer
In Winter

St. Moritz: A tiny Swiss mountain town with a big, glitz-infused name, StMoritz is the winter getaway that made the ski holiday a high-life ideal.

In Summer
In Winter
In winter the lake is frozen and becomes a skating rink

From St. Moritz that was outrageously expensive, we traveled by train to Zurich.

The city of Zurich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt (Old Town), on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history. Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall).

A view of the Old Town

A delightful place for children as they enjoy a train ride.

A waterfront promenade

In Zermatt and Zurich, we ate some of the best pastries I’ve ever tasted. Their bread pudding and apple strudel were out of this world.

After a week touring Switzerland, we boarded the train one more time from Zurich to Strasbourg and Paris. But that’s a story for another time.

NEWSLETTER

Reading for February:

NOT READY YET – The Senator’s Family, book 4

NOT READY YET – The Senator’s Family, book 4

They were high school sweethearts in their senior year. The top of the class nerd and the dashing athlete. She helped him with math problems and he helped her shed her bashfulness. In between homework and torrid sex, they shared their goals for a successful future: no marriage, no children, no family, until they realize their dreams.
They meet eighteen years later at a hospital fundraising event. When Ethan Dutton, now a millionaire contractor recognizes the gorgeous Dr. Elyana Matteo, a brilliant pediatric cardio-surgeon, he bets $50,000 at an auction to open the dance with her.
He wants to date her. Elyana has no time for fun. She’s a widow with a teenage daughter and triplet toddlers, and a very busy career. Ethan who’s never taken no for an answer, asks to visit the boys’ daycare center and soon offers to remodel her old mansion. The boys adore him and Elyana falls again under his charm.
But their past threatens to destroy their present…
Can they forgive the selfishness of their youth?
Can they make room for unconditional love?

The Mouth-Watering Macaron by @KatyWalters07

Macaron

According to some historians, the Macarons first appeared during the Middle Ages. However, it is supposed that Catherine de Medici may have introduced the Maccarone from Italy to France in the 1500’s.

The description has a comical side as they were produced in Venetian monasteries and dubbed ‘priests’ bellybuttons.’ Due in part to the shape of the pastry.

Fully Developed in France

But France is where this delicious sweet fully emerged. First, various versions, names, and spellings were added over the centuries. Then, in different regions of France, they were adopted as a delicious specialty.

In the 1830s, the modern creation of the macarons appeared in France. Two meringues were made and stuck together with a flavoured filling. This was dubbed the macaron Parisien.

In 1862, Laudress, a patisserie company, popularized this scrumptious sweet.

At the start of the 21st century, confectioners began producing macarons with varying fillings and even used savory tastes.

Popularity Spreads

Its popularity has spread worldwide, especially after being shown in the film ‘Marie Antionette,’ where the queen is surrounded by a multitude of various coloured macarons.

During the French Revolution, two Carmelite nuns known as the Macaron Sisters seeking asylum in Nancy survived starvation by baking and selling these mouth-watering morsels.

There is a vast store of fascinating history surrounding this special sweet to be found on Wikipedia.

Recommended reading—Wikipedia.

Green Silk Macaron

Macaron Recipe
  •  6 ounces Icing sugar
  • 4.5 ounces of ground almonds
  • 60 ml of egg whites using 2 medium eggs for two batches
  • 5 ounces of granulated sugar
  • Food colouring of your choice

Filling:

  • 4 ounces of double cream
  • 12.5 grams of butter
  • 37 grams of jam to your taste
  • Piping bag with a large round nozzle

PROCEDURE

Step 1. Pulse the almonds and icing sugar into your processor bowl. Do this seven times.

Add the first batch of eggs to the mixture and mix to a thick paste.

Step 2. Pour the second lot of egg whites into a heatproof bowl. Pour 25 ml of water and granulated sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. At this point, use a sugar thermometer and heat it to 110C. Start to beat the eggs at high speed.

Step 3. When the syrup reaches 118C, pour it gently down the side of the mixer bowl. Then whisk meringue ingredients to high peaks. Finally, add the colouring to your taste and satisfaction.

At this point, prepare your baking sheets with parchment paper ready for the meringue mixture.

Step 4. Gently fold the almond mixture and the meringue together until it is thick. The mixture should easily fall from your spatula.

Now place the mixture into your piping bag. Pipe rounds of approximately 2.5 cm in diameter onto the prepared sheets.

Leave to rest until the meringues develop a skin. Preferably overnight.

Heat oven to 170C/150C or gas oven 3-4.

Bake macarons for 14 minutes.

Allow the macarons to cool before peeling them from the paper.

For the filling, mix butter and cream together. Then place this on top of one macaron and then stuck to the other macaron.

Bon Appetit.

Sainsbury’s Good Food Team inspired this recipe.

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Whole-Grain Bread Recipe Without White Flour by @_nancyradke

Whole Grain BreadThere is nothing that smells quite so good as homemade bread baking in the oven, and nothing quite so easy as making bread with a bread machine. This whole-grain bread recipe can be made with or without a machine, although I make it almost every week using an Oster bread machine so that I have less mess. (Hint: the best machines have just a few buttons on them.) Some days, I have just bread and water to eat, and it feels like I am feasting.

This recipe avoids both white flour and sugar. It is made light by using 10-grain cereal instead of one cup of whole-wheat flour. You can substitute 5-grain or 8-grain cereal. The sweetness depends on the amount of honey added. This basic recipe handles additions of raisins, nuts, garlic, dried fruits, or herb mixtures. I sometimes run it though on the dough cycle and then shape the dough into dinner rolls, garlic bread, or bread sticks. I buy spices from the Oregon Flavor Rack and their Italian Herb Blend is my favorite addition, especially when making rolls. The Brewers Yeast flakes give the finished loaf a nutritional boost.

Time-saving tip: I keep the dry ingredients together—except the flour—in a refrigerator box so that I can just pull out the box, make the bread, then return the box to the refrigerator. This keeps me from having to spend time searching in my cupboard.

Pop’s Whole Grain Bread

My Pop claimed this was better than cake.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup water, room temperature (just not hot)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey (use sweeter for rolls)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 10-grain cereal (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 tablespoon whey or buttermilk powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Gluten flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon regular ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup Polenta/ or course corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons Quinoa
  • 1 large tablespoon Lewis Labs Brewer’s yeast (for added nutrition)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour. (If bread machine spins the dough, add a few spoonfuls of flour, if it makes a clunking sound, add a few teaspoons of water.)
  • Add last: 2 teaspoons Baker’s active dry yeast

Add one or two of the following; too much will cause bread to not rise well so keep amounts small:

  • 1 tablespoon herb such as dill weed
  • Dried or fresh apple chips
  • Poppy seeds
  • Walnuts, pecans, or black walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Garlic or dill
  • Dates
  • (Don’t add pine nuts as they are too moist)
Directions

For bread maker, put ingredients into the bread maker in order listed. Cook on whole wheat setting.

For hand mixing, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water during first step.

Makes one large loaf.

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