Today I made some hamburger soup with macaroni and vegetables in a tomato base.
|This is my go to "comfort soup".|
|The soup tastes extra good in my blue bowl on Blue Monday ;-)|
I also made some easy oatmeal bread to go with it and I thought I would share the recipe. I have shared a recipe for oatmeal bread before but that one was for making in a bread machine. If you like, you can read it here. Today the bread I made required me to knead and let it rise, in the old fashioned way.
|I've finished kneading the dough. I'm now going to cover it and let it rise for about 30 minutes.|
2 cups water
1 cup quick cooking oats
3 tbsp. butter or oil
1 pkg yeast (2 1/4 tsp. bulk yeast)
1/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. white sugar
5 1/4 cup flour (I used roughly half and half white flour and whole wheat flour)
Heat 2 cups of water to almost boiling. Add oats, butter, brown sugar and salt. Let cool.
Meanwhile, add 1/3 cup warm water to a small dish with yeast, along with 1 tbsp. of white sugar to proof. Once the yeast has proofed (foamed), add it to the oat mixture.
Next, combine the oat mixture with 4 cups flour and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Add more flour until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled. This takes about 30 minutes but will vary depending on your elevation and the warmth of your home.
Punch down. Let it rest about 10 minutes. Shape into rolls or loaves and place on a greased pan. Let rise again. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
|I think it turned out well. I cooked it a little bit longer than I planned.|
After all this cooking and baking it was time to wash all the dishes I dirtied plus last night's dishes and the dishes from breakfast and lunch today.
I normally wash my dishes in a dishwasher but today I felt like doing them by hand. They had a fair bit of crustiness on them from last night's dinner. Since I always run my dishwasher on a short wash cycle to save water, I just decided washing by hand would be a faster way to get everything clean today.
After all this talk of food and cleaning, I wanted to give you something pretty and natural to look at. Here is a photo of the evidence of Spring.
|If you click on this photo to enlarge it you will see the pretty red coloured blooms coming out on the trees.|
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