Herb sticks and a me-me:)

Yesterday Jr and Sr. H i.e., mom and daughter and went shopping coz it was Jr’s birthday and she wanted a book! We went all the way to Crosswords at Nirmal Lifestyles, and spent a most satisfactory hour browsing through books. H bought an Asterix, and I stumbled upon a bread book with drool-worthy pictures! Naturally, we walked with more than we thought we would, and H gorged on a dutch truffle with all the energy of an enthusiastic 12yr. old.

Meanwhile I half read another ‘Calvin and Hobbes – One of my favourite – wrong most favourite – comic books’. BTW for those who saw ‘Taare Zameen Par’, did you know that the sequence where Ishaan adds up the numbers wrong (3+6 = 6) has been word for word, and scene for scene picked up from Calvin and Hobbes where Calvin like Ishaan dreams of Captain Spiff bashing into the 6th planet and writes 5+6=6! I wonder why we don’t respect copyright! I like Aamir Khan but so many of his movies have sequences picked out from Hollywood I wish there was more originality and more research (He should know – he calls himself an avid reader!) in our movies. BUT I loved the movie and watched it teary eyed till the end sniffling into a hanky for a good measure!

This morning I had to make one of the breads and since Jr. P is incredibly fond of Domino’s Garlic bread sticks I decided to make it, and I was more than just happy with the results!

Here’s the recipe – I took mine brushed with olive oil mixed with rosemary and oregano while the rest took it which the herbed cheese dip! I am going to repeat this very soon again.

The recipe is called ‘Buttered garlic and basil sticks’ in which I forgot to add the garlic so mine gets to be ‘Buttered herbed sticks’:). This falls under the category of flat breads and is absolutely easy to make!

Recipe: Buttered herbed sticks
(Source: Adapted from The Bread Book by Sara Lewis)
(Adapted to vegan style and little bit of changes in the amount of salt and combination of flours)

Ingredients:
1 and 2/3 cups – Whole wheat flour
2 cups – APF
3/4tsp – Salt
3/4 tsp – Caster sugar
1 and 1/4 tsps – Fast action dried yeast
1tbsps – Olive oil
1/4 cup – Soy milk warmed (Approx.)
1 scant cup – Warm water
Coarse sea salt

Garnish:
2 tsp – melted butter (I used vanaspati)
1/4tsp – Mixed dried rosemary, oregano and basil (Use just fresh basil if you can)
4 garlic cloves – grated or finely chopped (I completely left this out – The aranai strikes again:))
A pinch of pepper – optional

Method:
1. Place the flour in a large bowl and stir in the salt, sugar and yeast. Add the olive oil and gradually mix in enough warm water to make a soft dough. If it does not come together sprinkle warm milk little by little till you are able to make a soft pliable dough.

2. Knead well until dough is smooth and elastic. Place back in the lightly oiled bowl oiling the surface of the dought also. Cover with an oiled clingfilm and leave to rise for an hour or until doubled in size. I had to keep it in the oven which was heated for sometime as the rain has brought the temp. down. And this took over 2 hours to double.

3. Place the raised dough on lightly floured surface and knead again. Divide into two portions. Roll each half out to a 1 and 1/2 cm thick oval – I rolled it into 9 x 7″.

4. Transfer to greased baking sheets. Make sharp cuts 2.5cm apart within the oval and not cutting into the edges. Like this:

5. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover again and let it proof for another 1/2hr. The edges will rise slightly.

6. Remove the clingfilm. Bake in a preheated oven at 220 deg. Cel. for 8-10mins(Mine took 15 mins and I grilled it for another 3 mins. to brown it slightly). It should be golden and sound hollow when tapped.

7. Melt a small piece of butter (2tsp.) or vanaspati and add the garlic (I forgot this one). Fry for 2-3mins till the garlic turns pinkish brown. Remove and add the herbs n’ pepper. Brush this over the hot bread separating them to sticks and serve hot.


8. You can store the bread at stage 6, and warm at the time of serving as in step 7.

9. Serve with cheese dip – Melt a little butter, add a tsp. of APF or whole wheat flour. Roast to pink, and add 1/4 cup milk. Stir till smooth. Grate in 1/2 a cube of cheese and stir smooth. BTW the ones above are taken in my kitchen with less light and this one in the living room – what a difference sunlight makes.  🙂

I just ran over to Susan of Wild Yeast to look at her Danish Braid which all the daring baker made this month. I missed it out because of flu and power cuts and what not! Will be sure to make it next month:). Susan also has this weekly yeast spotting event and today’s recipe fits the bill. So I am rushing it over for inclusion in next week’s edition.

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Sailaja ventures to take you into a delicious journey into vegetarian food through her blog Sailaja’s recipes, and keeps the word! I am happy to be tagged by her for this me-me:).

1) LAST MOVIE U SAW IN A THEATER?
Bhoothnath

2) WHAT BOOK ARE U READING?
Helen Keller’s “Story of my life” and Asterix if that is counted. I always read a comic parallel to a book! And picturing many scenes from Black.

3) FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Trade/Monopoly/Pictionary

4) FAVORITE MAGAZINE?
Femina/Reader’s Digest/Health/Good Housekeeping/Meri Saheli (Hindi) /Sarita (Hindi)

5) FAVORITE SMELLS?
Kasuri methi, Vanilla sticks, Dalchini/Cinnamon/Roses/Almond/Fresh homemade bread or cake, the smell of earth after the first shower, the smell of pine trees in forests, smell of good food and fruits – I know there are so many and I am not doing justice to them!

6) FAVORITE SOUNDS?
I enjoy KennyG’s saxophone, the sound of birds in the morning – the fantail, koyal and kingfisher, sounds of laughter, flowing water, the first thunder, soft lilting music and guitar in hard rock, my childrens’ voices when they call me at office to let me know they have got back from school, Friends on phone – Again I know I am leaving out many!

7) WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
I really wish I could give back to society in more ways than I am. This sometimes depresses me when I see sorrow, poverty, unfairness.

8) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN U WAKE?
Reply to Mummy – what’s for short break!

9) FAVORITE FAST FOOD PLACE?
Prashant Corner at Thane.

10) FUTURE CHILD’S NAME?
I have two. If I adopted another one – I wouldn’t change the name!

11) FINISH THIS STATEMENT—’IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I’D’
I would aid the poor.

12)DO YOU DRIVE FAST?
I ride only a cycle, and when I am on a slope I am crazy:)

13) DO U SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
No.

14)STORMS–COOL OR SCARY?
Cool when the storms start, scary if rages too long.

15) WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
Maruti 800.

16) FAVORITE DRINK?
Was tea and coffee – I have given them up of late. Now it’s mango juice.

17) FINISH THIS STATEMENT-IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD…
Listen to more music, sleep more, paint more, embroider more and bake more:)

18) DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI?
Yes! I never waste the edible parts in any of the vegetables, and broccoli is so costly here:)

19) IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY OTHER COLOR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE?
I had streaked a few strands purple and coloured my hair mahogany. It was deadly but the purple faded too soon. If only it was permanent – I still haven’t found what I am looking for!

20) NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS U HAVE LIVED IN?
Barreilly, Kanpur, Jabalpur, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Shillong, Bangalore many more – Dad was in the defence.

21) FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Tennis sometimes – I haven’t watched much of cricket since Imran Khan left…ha ha:)

22) ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
From her blog I know one thing for sure – She is one helluva cook!

23) WHATS UNDER YOUR BED?
Alarm at my side.

24) WOULD U LIKE TO BE BORN AS YOURSELF AGAIN??
Oh yes!

25) MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Morning. Of late I have started going to bed late – stretching time.

26) OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP?
Energetic!

27) FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX?
Bed.

28) FAVORITE PIE?
Apple crumble.

29) FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Malai and mango.

30) OF ALL THE PEOPLE U HAVE TAGGED, WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?
That’s unfair.

More to come. 🙂

What are five things on my to-do list for today (non-work related)?
I have to purchase something nice for daughter’s b’day tomorrow. 🙂
Watch Jo jeeta wohi superstar – I never miss it.

What are five snacks I enjoy?
Congress kadalakai – Only from Srinivasa Iyengar Bakery, Bangalore!
Ragda pattice
Chhole bhature
Sesame bread fingers/gold coin
Tarts, cookies and cakes – most baked goodies:)

What things would I do if I were a billionaire?
I would build a farm and have lots of animals with lots of land to themselves. Have a private playground, and stop going to work!

I am tagging
Happy cook of my kitchen treasures and
Simran of Bombay Foodie
– I can understand if you don’t want to do it. 🙂

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  1. Girl – those breadsticks look fab! 🙂 Hows the veganism going?

  2. When it comes to cheese I’m all over it. When it comes to flat bread I’m all over it too 🙂 so these are right up my alley. One hour ’til midnight and I cannot help but drool!
    Cinnamon and fresh homemade bread are two of my favourite smells too.

  3. this recipe looks amazing…will definitely try it..

  4. Lovely herb sticks — much better than Domino’s! Thanks for sending them to YeastSpotting. Sorry you didn’t get to the Danish braid this month. Happy birthday to your daughter!

  5. I like the herbed sticks. I like mine with garlic…lots of it! 😀

    I used to be a big fan of Imran Khan and was heartboken for a bit when he got married. As expected, I survived.;-)
    I like Monopoly too and remember playing that a lot as a kid. I remember how good I felt when I bought those expensive hotels, especially at Mayfair and Park Lane(the U.K. version).:)

  6. “Herb sticks” sounds delicious.
    like to read ur me-me.

  7. Hope you are better now..

    Harini..the bread sticks look so professional..Am definitely trying them cos it is a fav with my toddler as well…

    Interesting meme…

  8. I always want to order only the garlic breadsticks from Domino’s and they refuse to send it without the pizza, so thanks a ton for this recipe. You can bet I am going to make it! And I’m going to do the meme – soon.. 🙂

  9. Came looking for your DB post and found these yummy herb sticks.
    Meme was good reading.:)

  10. Herbed breadsticks look good 🙂 Am a little scared when it comes to baking … but this thing looks a little easy too. And I absolutely love reading Calvin … your MeMe is a good read 🙂

  11. Arundathi – One good thing – I am told I look slimmer:) I am doing great and found that natural’s ice creams did not tempt me!

    Lore – Wow! I guess homemade bread’s smell is a universal fave!

    Hetal – Do try! Its damn easy!

    Susan – Thanks! Coming from you – WOW! Yup – I will convey that to H.

    tbc – I too loved toasted garlic – just dunno how I could leave it out:(

    Andhra Flavors – Welcome! I am rushing over to your blog on the other tab…those jiledikayalu look lovely, and so does the pani poori:)

    Simran – Same here – we order one pizza just for three portions of garlic bread sticks! That is one reason why I am thrilled with this one. Do try it:)

    Aparna – I so wanted to do the danish braid – maybe I will just make croissants this weekend, if the flu goes off! Glad you enjoyed the me-me – I seriously think we should have a you-you!

    Rachel – Sitting with a tissue box:) On the brighter side – I got the day off:)

  12. Perfect Garlic bread, looks mouthwatering. We love those with our Spaghetti. Grat MeMe too. Srinivasa bakery, YUM!:)

  13. Wow ,another Calvin and Hobbes fan 🙂 I am also an avid Aamir Khan fan and was quite dissapointed that he lifted that Captain Spiff sequence 🙁

    Great looking breadsticks – will make these for my daughter, am sure she will like it.

    BTW, Crosswords has really declined since the days it opened at Mahalakshmi so many years back. Was at the one at Nirmal’s Lifestyle last month when I was in Mumbai visiting my brother and asked for some books on adolescence and puberty (for my niece) – they had ONE book – thats it!

    Landmark is so much better…

    Miri

  14. Asha – I must try it your way!

    Miri – I agree with you – but then most book shops that started down South (Higgins & Bothams, Gangarams)are better so not surprised about Landmark being better. Down town I do love Strand the best, but again you don’t have space there and keep bumping into people if you turn around or shift!

    Sharmila – This one is perfect for a start, why not do that?:)

  15. Those sticks are really yummy 🙂 i love them a lot 🙂
    Beautiful meme , seems you have travelled a lot in India:)

  16. Nice recipe and Enjoyed reading your meme.

  17. Cham – Thanks! I have not gone to Jammu and North East (Except Assam)!

    Sailaja – I agreed with many of yours too:)

  18. Sticks look amazing.. surely gonna try..

  19. The breadsticks looks so good. Your girl would have loved it!

    Also loved reading your meme.

  20. hi!! love all your new posts – and your meme too. my folks were in the army as well!!

  21. Hi sunshinemom! I made these for dinner last night to accompany the pasta. In Hub's words, 'These look like Dominos breadsticks, only taste better. Who's recipe?' Thanks for the wonderful recipe. It was yummy!
    Cheers,
    Nilambara

  22. Nilambara, thanks! I am glad to know you enjoyed them so much!

  23. Harini, just saw the reference to Imran Khan. I have been following him on politics too. Although he has lost his way, he has made quite a lot of difference to the one province his party won, Khyber Pakhtunwala.

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