1. Ciabatta. Don'tcha just love saying that? Ciabatta. It just roles off the tongue! Try it!! I took dinner over to a friend who just had a lovely little boy named Harrison. Taking someone dinner, perfect opportunity to make something for my MSBH Challenge (if you don't know what that is read yesterday's post!)
I made Silly Greek Chili for dinner.
And I made Banana Nut Bread (#3 for MSBH Challenge) which happens to be one of my favorite Banana Bread recipes. Every body has one. I know. I've tried many over the years. I have two favorites. This being one of them. (I've made it quite a few times before.) My favorite thing about it is that it has a touch of coconut in it. Not enough to give it coconut flavor (which I HATE) but enough to give it a bit of texture. Which I love!
And so does Eli....
(I ALWAYS add chocolate chips instead of nuts. Choco banana muffins are one of Reg's very favorite foods so why mess with something he loves!)
And I made a Ciabatta (#4 for MSBH Challenge). If you've never had one before. It is a flatbread. And the dough is so strange. I am used to bun and bread dough. And this is nothing like it! It is soft and sticky and airy. I wanted to fill it with flour and knead the stuff. But the recipe said I'd be tempted to do that and to NOT do it. So I didn't. :) Just look at this dough. It looks like it hasn't been mixed enough!
You are also supposed to cook it on a baking stone. And I don't have one. So I instead put a pan of water at the bottom of the oven and then put my dough on two cookie sheets stacked. I did that cause a stone has moisture in it and is heavy. So I improvised. And it worked! I think it would have been a bit tougher on the outside (They have a texture similar to a baguette that is tough on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle.) It was great! And surprisingly easy! The hardest thing was shaping the sticky dough!
2. Lucy has started preschool. It was an integrated program where groups of kids start for just an hour and then the next day more and more and so on. Then finally they all had a day together. Lucy was seriously put out that she couldn't just go for a while. She LOVES it. Every day she asks if it is a preschool day. She would be perfectly happy to go all day like Alden.
On Monday when it was her first day of the full time which is 1pm to 3:20 as we were driving to drop her off she asked if she got to stay there as long as Alden is at school. And I said you get to stay for the rest of Alden's day. She asked how long. I said "2.5 hours." And she got all upset and said "why not 6 hours??"