Bombs for Peace.

Bath Bombs
Bath Bombs

Peace and the bomb is a contradiction in terms, polispeak words used during the  Cold War.They were referring to the mushroom cloud type but I am referring to bath indulgence. The analogy is the frizzing bit, the mushroom cloud frizzes out heat radiation scorching your flesh whereas the bath bomb frizzes out water warmed oil nourishingly caressing your skin.

Nowadays we don’t worry about blowing ourselves up, we use bombs to enjoy our bath time. A bath bomb is imperative to soak in particularly if you play sport and you want to relieve your aching  muscles or for stress release. Perhaps doomsday preppers could be prescribed a bomb to relieve their doomsday anxiety. To breath in the relax-inducing essential oils and float away to pristine, lapis lazuli waters of an island resort and at the end feel refreshed as been touched on your inner thigh or aired on the side of your neck. Immersing in the present stops the tomorrow thinking and brings inner peace, if the bath bomb doesn’t do that for them.. or well … there is no hope..

Incidentally I loved watching the show…I used to rate each preppers  survival plans and identified their pitfalls..the kids and I designed our own survival plans depending on the ‘what-if’ catastrophe the preppers visioned. Brainstorming what items we would need to survive really stretched our imagination especially in the advent of  the zombie apocalypse.

I mainly make these bombs for my son as he plays too much sport and he loves to soak in the oils after a heavy training session. I now have created a bath hog. These bombs made on a weekly basis, there is no buy option for me.

The recipe I downloaded off the internet and it doesn’t have salts. Different shaped moulds and the use of food colouring make these bombs unique gifts for various occasions.

INGREDIENTS

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one cup baking soda

half a cup citric acid-these two ingredients combined cause frizzing

half cup melted coconut oil

two teaspoon olive oil

one teaspoon vitamin E oil

one teaspoon vanilla extract

optional- few drops of lavender essential oil or your choice of Essential Oil

optional- few drops of food colouring or  two teaspoons or more depending on the depth of colour of ground dried spice eg cinnamon, turmeric, ginger.

 

METHOD

1 Combine the baking soda and citric acid in one bowl

 

2 Get another small bowl and combine the olive oil, vitamin E oil, coconut oil, vanilla extract and if using essential oil.

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3. Add the liquids to the solids and mix together with hands, mixture should be firm and doesn’t crumble.

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4 Optional step, if you want colourful bombs add the colour now, whilst mixing. For bold colour add at least four drops for a softer look add one or two, you can add two teasponns  at least of dried herbs/spice here instead of food colouring.

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5 Push mixture into moulds, depending on the size of the moulds will determine the number of bombs. I make six with this amount.

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6 Place in the fridge for 24   to 48 hours until hardened. Place in a jar/container and use within two weeks

Enjoy

Baking Bread-Tsoureki Greek Easter Sweet Bread in a Bread Machine.

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Happy Easter Everyone,  Question. What is better than sliced bread….Answer. Fresh Bread from a Bread Machine because it makes prepping for Easter treats easy as XYZ. This is how to make dough for Tsoureki with a bread machine.

I am the type of cook that doesn’t adhere to exact measurements of a recipe,a recipe to me is a recommendation of amounts. I use my eyes, taste buds and nose to guide me through the cooking process, my senses tell me when the meal is ready and if further tweaking is required. I use my judgement of how much of this and how much of that to pour, blend, chop, and knead dependent on the receivers taste. And so when I started using a bread machine the hardest thing was to relinquish my monitory control.

I am now doing the exact opposite. Everything must be the exact measurement  and placed in the correct order or the bread blows up in the machine and it takes a bit of elbow power to clean it, guess how I learnt that factoid.

Pour the precise measurements of ingredients into the bread maker and leave it to consistently hum out the perfect loaf, dough or cake while you  enjoy a break.

Why not do a Twain’s Tom Sawyer on your kids and get them to knead the bread, see how much fun it is to punch the bread, similar to pottery or play doh, get the kids to plait the bread or shape it they way they like, before final rise and bake.

INGREDIENTS- Bread Machine version

Place the following ingredients into the bread machine in the exact order. The menu on my machine is sixteen, choose the setting on your machine that  makes basic dough. Once done, shape it, allow it to rise and then bake.

2 tsp dry yeast

450g bread flour

1/4 tsp salt or sea salt

50g butter chopped up

few drops stevia concentrate or two tablespoons raw honey or  one half cup caster sugar. If you want a sweeter bread use the caster sugar. I am not used to eating food that is too sweet so I use the stevia or honey.

1 tsp ground all spice

1 tsp grated lemon rind

2 beaten eggs (medium)

1/2 cup milk

50ml water

GLAZE

1 egg

sesame seeds

PROCEDURE

1. Assist the bread to knead by lifting the lid and with a spatula stir the wet and dry ingredients together.

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dough in bread machine all mixed

 

2 Tip the dough on to a lightly floured surface, once the machine beeped signalling complete.

3. Knead the dough further if required. May need to add 1/2 cup or less flour if consistency is runny. TIP flour hands to make kneading dough easier, reduces the flour sticking to your fingers.

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4. Tear dough into three equal portions. Roll each portion into  a rope 30cm long, make a loose plait, press ends together and roll under loaf.

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5. Place on a greased tray with a cloth on top and leave to prove. (prove  is allowing the bread to rise) Once double in size the bread is ready for baking, approx. 1 to 2 hours depending on the heat in the room.

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6 Glaze with a well beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seed on top.

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7. Place in a moderate oven for 30mins. The bread is ready when tapped and it sounds hollow. Place on a wire try to cool.

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RESULT

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Serve with butter and honey or eat it plain.

 

 

 

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This is the first time I have ever baked this bread, I hadn’t even witnessed it been made and it turned out perfect. That is how simple it was to make with my new bread machine. Enjoy

 

Traditional Procedure found in Tess Mallos Greek Cookbook.