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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Rice bread

I am a creature of habit. Yesterday, making supper after getting back at about 10pm, I put rice on to cook - the same amount I would normally use for the two of us. I ate, fell into bed, and came down this morning to find the kitchen scented with basmati rice, as I had failed to wash up. The chickens will love to eat these leftovers, but I thought I'd use them up to make a rice loaf. It's in the machine now, so that it will be ready to eat when I get home.

On the other hand, not all my habits are so thoughtless. I like to get at least a little organised for supper during the morning, and these past few days have underlined the importance of this in avoiding last-minute shopping for junk foods. Yesterday morning, I spent a few minutes making a lovely lentil stew, one Fiona at Cottage Smallholder has posted about a couple of times. She says it's originally a Jane Grigson recipe, and I'll look it up when I've got a bit of time (all this driving to Oxford steals any free time there might be). It's the first part of a vegetarian mousssaka, but I didn't get that far with it. I'll post about this in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, here's the link. Delicious, quick, easy, cheap.

Sorry - once again, no photos, no time. Next week.

Rice bread

I'm making this in the machine, but it shouldn't be a problem to mix it up by hand and let it rise once or twice.

1/2 tsp easy blend yeast
pinch of sugar
pinch of salt
350g good white bread flour
115g cooked rice (dry)
1 tbp skimmed milk powder
1 egg (no need to mix this)
a glug of olive oil
180ml water

I used my basic setting, small loaf, medium crust. It'll be ready when I get home this evening.

This is adapted from Jennie Shapter's Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook which I bought in the Oxfam shop a couple of weeks ago. It's the first time I've baked from it.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

You and I seem to share a fascination with lentils. Really like that rice bread idea.

dinahmow said...

Hello! I came over from Celia, at Purple Podded Peas and I've now bookmarked you.Common sense and good humour;the best leavening!

Pat said...

The Rice Bread recipe is one I am gonna give a try it sounds easy and I always seem to have leftover rice around. Thanks!!!

Aparna said...

Never knew you could make bread with rice. My leftover rice is going to become this one of these days. Thanks.

friary said...

Hope the back and forth to Oxford is not too draining and all best wishes to you and to Lucius for his speedy recovery.

Nan - said...

This sounds divine! Would you like a recipe for a quick bread version? It does have a little butter.

I don't know anything about Nigel Slater. :<(