To ease the tension and soften the drudgery of daily life (I sound pathetic don 't I) I took inspiration from a cookery show and a blog and attempted 3 dishes yesterday and today.
Above is pita bread and hummus from the Middle East. The Mayer Family Blog ( they are missionaries in Spain)was the electronic inspiration here.
The hummus was excellent. I have made it before.Learnt it from Anju who made it with Lebanese bread.
BUT... my pita bread was quite a flop I must confess. I could not get hold of the right dry active yeast. I walked miles to 4 speciality stores which stock this kind of commodity. Two did not have any yeast, the packet in one store was out of date.The last one had a small packet but did did not work properly. So my bread turned out hard and crunchy.If only I had Fleischman Yeast, my dough would rise properly.
My poor Mom tried to eat it but gave up as her teeth would not cooperate.
I didn 't mind it as it was the work of my hands. And Sheba enjoyed it thoroughly.
This is gnocchi. Today I saw a 17 year old Indian boy make it on TV And I said to myself, if this kid can make it, so can I and plunged into it like an Italian grandmother.It turned out to be really good. Sheba also fell in love with it.