Monthly Archives: May 2012

My week in a nutshell

{Autumn will soon be over. I’m going to miss the beautiful falling leaves}

{Crunch time @ work. Neon colored post-it brightens my desk as well as my day. :)}

{A sneak peak of winter this year? It is unbelievably cold and wet already.}

{Since the weather hasn’t been great and not up for going to a cafe for coffee, I’m back to making coffee at home with my Expressi machine.}

 

 

Polenta, Parmesan & Thyme Crackers

It’s been a while since the last time I had homemade crackers. The problem is whenever I bake crackers, they don’t seem to last past 2 days.

Okay fine, I may have exagerrated. This is not really a problem. ;) I am blessed that my beloved enjoys the stuff I made. It’s always a bad sign when homemade bakegoods are left unattended for more than a week. This could only mean one thing – questionable baking skill ha!

For me baking has to be as simple as possible. I think I am a better cook than a baker. But I like the idea of me being a good baker too. I hope that these crackers will make me look like a semi-decent baker. These crackers are quite easy to make. No food processor is required. Just a humble fork…and a grater if you decide to grate the parmesan cheese yourself.

Polenta, Parmesan & Thyme Crackers

(recipe tweaked from Chocolate and Zucchini)

Makes about 3 baking trays worth of crackers – see the photo below

What you need:-

  • 150g / 5 1/3 ounces plain flour + extra while working on the dough
  • 100g / 3 1/2 ounces polenta
  • 50g / 2 ounces parmesan, finely grated
  • 4 stalks of fresh thyme leaves
  • A tsp of salt *optional*
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water

*I omitted salt from the recipe as I wanted to pair these crackers with brie which is already salty.

Instead of adding salt in the dough, you can sprinkle the salt after they are done.

Let’s get started:-

(1) Add flour, polenta, parmesan, thyme leaves and salt (if using) into a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and stir the mixture until resembles fine breadcrumbs with a fork. Slowly stir in water until it is fully incorporated to form a slightly sticky dough. (2) Turn the mixture out on a clean work surface and knead the dough gently to gather into a smooth ball. Add water if the dough feels too dry to form a dough or add more flour while kneading until the dough is smooth, pliable and does not feel sticky. (3) Depending on the size of your work surface, divide the dough according to your liking (I divided the dough into 2 smaller doughs). (4) Use a rolling pin and flatten the dough as thinly as possible. Then use a pasta cutter (or regular knife) to cut into squares or rectangles. (5) Transfer them to a baking paper lined tray and bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until they are golden brown in a preheated oven of 200 degrees C/392 degrees F. (6) Cool on a rack before storing in an airtight container.

 

DIY Mouthwash

Hi friends! Today I am excited to share something different with you.

Yes, it will require a little cooking…and yes, it will need edible ingredients you may find in your pantry. But the end result is something you may use in the morning and before bed?

Okay guys, it could be many things but in this instance, it is homemade minty mouthwash! I thought it was pretty cool to DIY a commercial product that I never thought of making at home. Enjoy!

DIY Mouthwash

(adapted from Homemade)

What you need:-

  • 1 cup (250ml/8 fluid ounces) water
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 tsps finely chopped fresh parsley

Let’s get started:-

(1) In a small pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat (or use recently boiled water from the kettle). The original recipe specifies removing the pan from the stove and stir in the cloves, cinnamon, peppermint extract and parsley and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Alternatively, I prefer to *boil the mixture for 5 minutes. You need to top up more boiling water to make a cup due to the loss of moisture during boiling. Strain off the solids and set aside to cool. (2) Pour the liquid into a clean, tightly covered container.  I love the idea of storing the liquid in traveling size bottles and pretty up the bottles caps with colourful sticky tapes from Typo. (3) Store the mouthwash in the refrigerator, where according to the recipe, it will keep indefinitely. Use as a gargle and mouthwash.

*by boiling the mixture will intensify the aroma and flavour of the cloves and cinnamon into the liquid