Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cuits Baguette Franรงaise

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Paris….if only you are just a bridge away. I would travel everyday across just to enjoy your beautiful weather and your good food.

For now, let me just make myself a french baguette. Its almost perfect at least.

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Ingredients:-
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

Directions:-
Place 1 cup water, bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast into bread machine pan in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select Dough cycle, and press Start.
When the cycle has completed, place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16×12 inch rectangle. Cut dough in half, creating two 8×12 inch rectangles. Roll up each half of dough tightly, beginning at 12 inch side, pounding out any air bubbles as you go. Roll gently back and forth to taper end. Place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Make deep diagonal slashes across loaves every 2 inches, or make one lengthwise slash on each loaf. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water; brush over tops of loaves.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Source : http://allrecipes.com/recipe/french-baguettes/

Universe over Afternoon Tea.

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Boy : You know, I want to ask NASA something.

Mum : What makes you think that you can call NASA and asked them?

Boy : Just get their number lah.

Mum : Its not that easy you know….blah blah blah blah….anyways, what did you want to ask them?

Boy : Had Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 reached the end of the Universe already?

Mum : huh? were they going there? …*wonders where this boy knows abt all this mission*

Boy : Yeah! I think they are on their way.

*I guess watching National Geographic helps*

Mum : I am sure its not that fast, by the way how do they know whether they’ve reached the end of the Universe. *only God knows*

Boy : Of course they know, you know our Universe consist of all the planets (eg. Sun, Mars, Pluto, Earth)

Mum : Uh huh…

Boy : All that surrounds it are all the stars but when you see all those planets and stars get too small and you find yourself surrounded with just black space, that’s when you know it’s the end of the Universe.

Mum : hmmm…

I am intrigued by the boy’s interest, so I decided to look it up. So this is what I found.

“More than 30 years after they left Earth, NASA’s twin Voyager probes are now at the edge of the solar system. Not only that, they’re still working. And with each passing day they are beaming back a message that, to scientists, is both unsettling and thrilling. The message is, “Expect the unexpected.”

(excerpts from : http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/voyager20110428.html)

Mum : oh wow! They’ve been in space for over 30 years!!!?

Boy : Yalah! *nonchalant*

At a young age of 11 yo, he knows more than when I was at his age. Shame on me.

All these over a cup of tea and french bread pizza. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Another great conversation. Bless.

UPDATED!

What a coincidence! While reading the tweets, saw this Breaking News!

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http://t.co/qKCOcuWu