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Sister’s Focaccia Bread

3 Aug

My sister made some lovely focaccia bread. It came out a lot thinner than I expected but it seems like that’s how the recipe makes it. I made another recipe before and remember it to be more fluffy. I guess I will experiment later. This recipe makes a nice dense bread almost like flat bread. Very tasty and full of flavor.


Here’s the recipe she used from allrecipes.

Focaccia Bread


* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
* 1 pinch ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 cup water
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 cup mozzarella


1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
2. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Changes she made: omit mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and put half rosemary and half cheddar cheese (since our dad doesn’t like rosemary).

Summer garden

8 Jul

Some plants I’m growing this summer in my shared driveway. Not actually a garden.. they’re all in pots.

Tomato! I forgot what type but they’re small ones. Not rip yet.


Two pepper plants. The one on the left is sweet bell pepper and the one on the right is jalapeno. My mom managed to sneak in a taro plant in the middle (that big leaf) but it’s not going to grow. Taro is a root and would need tons more soil than that. Hopefully it won’t affect my peppers though it’s probably stealing nutrients. =/

sweet bell peppers


peppers and basil in basin
The rest of the peppers and one tomato hidden back there. Basil on the right hand side. Smells so good. Too squished so they’re not growing well but the jalapenos are pretty big.

Rosemary and some old scallions in the background.