Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rosemary Focaccia

With Sean home, we decided to enter the kitchen and make something new yesterday. We searched through the Moosewood Cookbook that Lisa gave me a few years ago and decided to try this bread. It was really easy and came out pretty well. First we started by soaking dried rosemary in boiling water.

After that we added the yeast and the sugar to the water until it was bubbling. Then we added wheat flour and unbleached white bread flour until the dough stopped sticking to the sides of the bowl. Sean was hungry, so I had to stop him from trying to eat the raw dough!!! Then we had to knead that dough for five to ten minutes and let it rise for 1.5 hours.
While the dough was doing its thing, Sean and I went to the Carlsbad Village Farmer's Market and picked up some items to cook dinner and some flowers for the house.
When we got back the dough was ready to be "punched down" and kneaded again. Then we stretched it out into it's final cooking pan and let it rise for another 45 minutes. Once it was done rising, we added the indentations, rosemary, kosher salt, and olive oil and baked it for 20 minutes. All in all, it turned out to be pretty delish!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Batiquitos Lagoon

After a very long drive across the country, Sean, Nessie and I were in need of an adventure that did NOT involve 4-wheels! I had driven around our new neighborhood to see what was available to us, and I stumbled across the Batiquitos Lagoon, just a mile from our house. So we headed out on a walk with the Pants to see how nice the trail was. It turned out to be a beautiful morning and there were a ton of people out.

Side note: the first thing I noticed when we got here is that people arealways outsidedoingthings. They are biking, running, walking, rollerblading (I didn't even know people still did that), surfing, exploring, etc. I guess that's the plus to having almost perfect weather year round!

Nessie was just thrilled to be out of the car and stretching her legs for a change. We had a lovely walk along the lagoon and then cut up the trail on a hill that took us up to Batiquitos Drive, where we walked back. It was a great morning for all!