Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thinking like a child

Children always see things differently, and as they grow, their beliefs and values are being tuned through the influences of family, friends, social medias, books, schools and the environment - the things they see and learn, the things they experience, the life they try to adapt and get accustomed to.

Sometimes, as adults, we think too hard and at times, we are required to think out of the box. However, just going back to basics seem quite logical in some areas of our lives too, don't you think so?

Below here is an illustration of what I mean.

Apparently, the "maths" problem below is easily solved by pre-school children within 10 minutes, by programmers in an hour and needless to say, those in higher education??

I got my answer in pathetically, 45 minutes last night after thinking too hard and then tried to get back to basic and cleared my mind with complicated stuffs and started thinking like my kids. What say you? What's 2581?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pizza making attempt

The once-in-a-blue-moon urge to 'cook' something new came last few days for DH. And when his inspiration comes, it will be done.

So, this afternoon, DH spread his love (and flour) in the kitchen and he made pizza dough using our faithful breadmaker machine. I was a little doubtful as to whether his dough base will turn out well. So, I sat there quietly, observing the chef' at work while I was snickering away.

We didn't have much ingredients and decided to make do with what we have.

It turned out pretty well! I'm impressed! Thank you DH! *yummy*

Here's DH's dough recipe for 2 large pizza (12" pizzas each), taken from a recipe book :
  • 280ml water
  • 30ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 450gm unbleached white bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp easy back dried yeast.
The flour mixing method is pretty much the same as the way we make flour. Here's what DH did :-
  1. Pour water and olive oil into our breadmaker machine, followed by flour on top the water and olive oil.
  2. Add salt and sugar in 2 different corners, yeast in a dent in the middle.
  3. Mix using pizza dough setting.
  4. DH divided the dough into two and 'whacked' each dough on the table like there's no tomorrow.
  5. DH spread the dough onto the pan and spread it with tomato paste and sprinkle it with ingredients* of your choice. For cheese, we use mozarella cheese. We sprinkle mixed pizza herbs on top.
  6. Bake in preheat 220 degrees C oven for approximately 20 minutes.
* Suggestion of ingredients : fresh tomatoes, button mushrooms, onions, green pepper, canned pineapple, tuna/minced meat, etc.

Chef at work

Mini-chef assisting in the sprinkling of mozarella cheese

Leggo's tomato paste and Tesco mixed herbs DH used for our pizza


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