Thursday, 13 February 2014

Basic bread dough that always rises

Ingredients...

- 3 cups flour
- 1 packet of instant yeast
- 2 tbs castor sugar
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup of warm milk

I cheat here and stick everything into my kitchen machine. But if you're doing it by hand mix all the dry stuff together first, then add the milk and olive oil slowly and knead until your dough feels right, you have to knead it for a while to make sure the yeast starts to work properly so that the dough rises. I leave the machine on for about 3 mins after the dough has mixed to make sure its kneaded properly.

Baked vetkoek

So after I posted a picture of our dinner last night, everyone keeps asking for my recipe. I'm not very good at sharing recipes, because I make mine up as I go along. But I'll try...

Its pretty easy, and goes like this

First you need a basic bread dough, you can buy this in 1kg portions at most shops, at the bakery. I chose to make my own...

Turn the oven on before you get started - 180'

Basic bread dough that always rises

- 3 cups flour
- 1 packet of instant yeast
- 2 tbs castor sugar
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup of warm milk

I cheat here and stick everything into my kitchen machine. But if you're doing it by hand mix all the dry stuff together first, then add the milk and olive oil slowly and knead until your dough feels right, you have to knead it for a while to make sure the yeast starts to work properly so that the dough rises. I leave the machine on for about 3 mins after the dough has mixed to make sure its kneaded properly.

(I double up on this, everything except the yeast - because we make extra for lunches)

Then make a mince as you would normally do for a cottage pie, or vetkoek, it can has to be a mincy sauce, not a saucy mince. We use

- 500g mince
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 grated carrots
- A pack of cottage pie cook in sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- a cup of mixed veggies
- a chopped onion
- some salt and pepper to taste

Brown the onion in the olive oil, then add the mince, when the mince is evenly browned, add the carrots, the cook-in-sauce(mixed according to the pack), mixed veg and simmer for about 10 mins. Don't over cook it as it's still going to bake.

You also need a cup of grated cheese.

Steps..

1. Divide the dough into +/- 8 portions
2. Roll a portion out into a circle about 1 cm thick
3. Spoon a tablespoon or 2 of mince into the middle of each circle, add a bit of cheese, then fold the dough closed, pinching it together on the top to seal it.
4. Place the "Vetkoek" onto a greased baking tray and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes

All the prep takes about 20 minutes, and the baking 25 max - the end result is so yummy.


My kids always end up helping, its a whole lot of fun but the kitchen ends up looking something like this





Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Kids and fetching and stuff

Today is the 2nd day that Lynn has picked the kids up from school for me. Its hard knowing I'm missing out, but its helping so much that I'm not driving around all the time... I'm getting my work done.

To help with my FOMO Lynn whatsapp's me when she's got the kids and today she sent me photo's of the kids baking, every Wednesday the kids bake at school and because they spend the entire morning waiting to be fetched to be able to eat their baking, my boys cant wait to get home before they devour their goodies.




Im not feeling so bad about not fetching them for now, and I will make time to go when I'm not so busy with all this work anymore.




What do you want to be???

In the beginning of the year, when school was starting, I asked Calum what he wants to be when he grow's up... (I know i'm super late with posting this - but I honestly haven't had a chance to get to it till now.)

Calum was super excited to tell me he wants to be ... A Pirate, i hope that next year, its something different.

Codi's still a little small to tell me what she wants to be, so Calum helped her out. And Coel, well he looked at me blankly and Calum chirped in that Coel should be a zoom car racer, so we're going with that for now.




Speaking of photography

So after posting Calum's photo's I found these on my camera.... I think Coel Jacob has figured out the "Selfie"...

Nostrils, Lip Licking, Pouting - he nailed it.



















Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Facebook

We now have a facebook page...

I've seen alot of the other Bloggers I follow open up facebook pages, and I get it, its sometimes quicker and easier to share something on Facebook. So go on over and like my page please :)

Thanks

http://www.toppiesevrou.co.za/2014/02/help.html


Help...

Help.... I don't often ask for help, but right now I'm feeling very overwhelmed and guilty. We've always said one of the reason's I work from home is so that I am able to do things for my kids, like fetch them from school.

We're hiring someone to help us fetch the kids from school, we've been so busy with work and life changing, that it takes too much time out of my day for me to go get them, and I feel like I'll be missing out on so much.  Sometimes the best part of my day is when I fetch the boys and the come running up to me with major excitement because they're so happy to see me.

Am I making a mistake, am I dumping my responsibilities ??? Am I a bad mother for saying I can't do it all?


My little photographer

For Calum's birthday last year we gave him a camera, he's been showing a keen eye and an interest in taking photo's and we believe we need to encourage him as much as possible to grow and nurture his talents.

He's actually pretty good, here are some of the pictures he's taken in the last 6 months.