focaccia second day….samich!

I made some delicious, melt in your mouth meatballs and made an incredible samich today. My lunch partner and I were both groaning the whole time we were eating. Good thing there was no one else around. I’m telling ya, ya gotta make this bread!

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sugarbundle bakes bread…..

OMG, I LOVE bread. Do you love bread? I recently started baking breads. Probably not a good idea since I have no will power when it comes to bread. But, Sunday my friend Leslie and I were at the local Italian festival and we stopped into a little Italian market for a samich. I had the most amazing focaccia bread. Well, as what usually happens when I discover something I like, I was obsessed with focaccia. I called the market to see where they got the bread and they wouldn’t tell me! So, naturally I had to try to make it myself. I searched the web and found several recipes. But one site claimed to make the best focaccia bread in the world. Not the best in town, or best in the county, or best in the country…but BEST IN THE WORLD!! Of course I had to see if this was true. OMG, OMG…..you must make this. You must make this SOON….like right after you read this post!!! Super simple recipe, excellent texture, so soft and tender, and truly, it is the best focaccia I have ever had. It was better than the one that I had at the Italian market. Seriously.  I sliced up some fresh mozarella, made a little bit of fresh marinara sauce for dipping and kept muttering M-m-m-m-m-m while I ate. I had to use some real heavy duty self control though. It was hard to stop!! Before baking, I sprinkled the entire top with a mix of sea salt, black pepper, garlic, fresh thyme and rosemary. I think I will try parmesan and sundried tomato next……and then maybe green chile and cheese…and then olive and onion…..and then……a pizza version…oh gosh, the possibilities are endless!

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Recipe:

4 cups of all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 pkg yeast

2 cups water

Mix the flour, salt and yeast together in a large bowl. slowy add the water and stir with a wooden spoon till it all comes together and pulls away from the bowl. If it’s too wet, add a bit more flour. Dump it out onto a floured cutting board and knead it for 1 MINUTE. put it in an olive oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrappy stuff. Put it in a warm place for 1 HOUR. Heat your oven to 400. Remove plastic, and punch the dough. Dont handle it too much. Place it in a well olive oiled 9×11 pan. Poke holes all over with your finger or a wood spoon handle. cover entire thing with olive oil. Don’t skimp on the oil. Then sprinkle on your toppings and bake it for 10 minutes. Sprinkle more olive oil and turn pan, and bake another 10 minutes.  (I only did 5 minutes since I like my bread light in color.) remove from the oven and brush more olive oil. YES! more oil….trust me. I dont even like olive oil and this was amazing. Let it sit in the pan for about 10 minutes and then remove. Then, just devour it….shove it in your face….pour yourself a glass of wine, enjoy. I made a great samich with it today. YUM YUM.

wedding shower baking and a bump on my head……

I was happily baking away last night. I reached up to my top shelf in the cupboard and a 2 pound block of chocolate fell out and hit me in the head. I saw it coming but I couldn’t do anything but look down so that it wouldnt hit me in the face. OUCH, did it ever hurt! It dazed me a bit. I don’t even know how that chocolate even got up there. I now have a not so nice little bump on my head.

I delivered cupcakes and sugar cookies this morning to a very nice customer…She is so sweet. Thank you Rachel…you are sweet and adorable! This order was fun. It was for a wedding shower.  3 different kinds of cupcakes. White cake with a whippy white frosting, sprinkled with purply sparkly thingys. I like that word thingys….but I guess it isn’t really a word is it? Oh well, it’s my word. Then there was a chocolate cake with a creamy delicious peanut butter frosting. Yum-m-m-m-m-m-mm. Then there was an orange cupcake with orange buttercreamcheese frosting that is pure yummyness……another word I like….YUMMYNESS.  Thennnnnnn, there were lemon flavored sugar cookies in shapes of wedding cakes and bridal gowns, all accented in purple. VERY fun to do. It kinda made me want to get married again……..well, not really. I  was  just kidding. LOL. Then off to a great little coffee shop that I recently discovered. My latte sure woke me up! Then I had the best lunch with my good friend leslie. Out of this world pizza pie and a smoked chicken, sun dried tomatoe pasta and fresh baked bread.  I wll be posting pictures and will tell ya more about that restaurant in my other blog. You must try this italian restaurant if you are in San Diego. What a great day. Now it is time to do laundry……..blah.

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a blueberry kinda day………

blueberrymuffinI think I mentioned in an earlier post, that we do cupcake Friday every week in my office. This week, we decided to change it up. So I made blueberry muffins and we had them today instead of Friday.  Now, I do have a favorite recipe that I always use. It is the recipe from Ina Garten otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa. I did tweek her recipe, just a bit….but her blueberry muffin recipe is delicious. So-o-o-o-o-o, why did I want to mess with a good thing and try a new recipe??? Heck, I dunno. But I found a recipe on line boasting to be “the best blueberry muffin you’ll ever eat”. So I just had to try it. Hmmmm, it was “ok”….dense, heavier than Ina’s and mine. I mean, I did like it. I think it could have used more berries. My coworkers liked them. Hmmmmm, I hope they were beng honest. LOL.

Have you ever noticed how some people will eat the top off the muffin first? Some will eat the bottom. I saw someone else slice it  like they were slicing butter. I eat the top off first . That is why i even bought a muffin top pan! Have you seen those?

Anyway, if you would like the recipe for this muffin pictured, let me know!

Today it’s not about the sugar…..

SUGARBUNDLE implies sugar…..sweets…..baked treats…..and while we all love all that wonderful goodness, I made something for dinner that I just must share. Yes, a non-baked item. Disappointed? I hope not! Just hear me out, ok? Seriously…..this is so good. I made this super simple, deliciously slightly sweet and spicy salsa/relish. See there!! I said “sweet”. Feel better now? There is something sweet after all. Ok, so I served this salsa/relish over some moist, flakey fish. I used Swai. If you haven’t had it, I highly recommend it.  However, I’m sure any fish will work. I think chicken would be great too. Ok, so back to the salsa/relish. It’s light, fresh, healthy, slightly crunchy and delicious. It is super simple and yummy. I guess you can tell by now that I really, really liked this, huh? I will give you the recipe if you promise to make it. You promise? Really? ok….

1 cup chopped up pineapple (or crushed would work)
1 serrano chile, minced up very fine
1 tablespoon minced purple onion  (you might call it red onion)
sqeeze 1 lemon or lime
salt & pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Combine everything, let it set awhile. I added a few grape tomatoes that I had pan roasted. Just spoon it over your fish or chicken and say YUM-m-m-m-m-m-m-m. Let me know if you try it.

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