Sunday, December 25, 2016

Easy bread recipe

This is an easy bread recipe anyone can make at home quickly.  Try it out and let me know the results. I made these this morning for breakfast and it went well with the ham.
 4 cups of plain flour 
1 pkg (11grams) of instant yeast
 1 cup of water
 1 tsp of salt
 1tbsp of olive oil
 Add flour to food processor bowl add salt to flour and pulse processor for a few seconds to mix salt. Sprinkle yeast in 1 cup of tepid water leave for 10 minutes add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to yeast mixture and start processor. Gently pour mixture to the dry ingredients. Do not run the processor continuously or you will damage it, just in bursts of a few seconds until the dough is formed.

 Remove from processor onto a floured counter top. Knead gently until dough is smooth. Pour a little olive oil into a bowl and coat the sides and bottom. Take the dough and allow the oil to coat it.  cover with plastic wrap and towel and leave to rise until the size is doubled, about 1/2 an hour in the tropics.

When dough has doubled divide into two onto floured counter and roll into long loaves and put onto greased tins. I used baguette tins. Cover and leave for another 30mins until they have risen to nearly double.
with a sharp knife slash the top with several  cuts and brush on a beaten egg.
Sprinkle your favorite seeds onto the top, I used poppy and fennel.
Place into an over 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until brown.
Remove from oven and  and let sit for a few minutes then remove from tins to cool. Bon app├ętit!
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day October 2016

The rains came three weeks ago with Matthew being a young tropical system who later grew into a cat 4 hurricane that devastated Haiti and the Bahamas.

The water receded 2 days after and the ground is still damp in some areas.
These doves hunkered down during the storm in my frangipani trees.
My lone dragon fruit and first from this vine

It weighed a pound  and the taste was similar to a kiwi.
Passion fruits and Barbados cherries are in season.  The cherries make a delicious juice and they freeze well.

Orchids on tree stump finally blooming.
The latest family member rescued from the roadside one rainy night. My little pumpkin is blind with cataracts in both eyes. He is doing well but hasn't yet joined the pack. I was looking for a forever home for him BUT he is so loving and sweet I might find it really hard to let go.

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. It has been very hot and still. Some rain but still not enough to fill our aquifers for next year. We are hoping that more will come our way. To see more blooming gardens please go over to  May dreams gardens  
Have a great weekend folks. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloomday September 2016

My epiphyllum oxypetalum aka night blooming cereus bloomed a few nights ago and it had eighteen flowers opening  the same time. The perfume was tantalizing.
My dragon fruit cactus vine grown from seed by a friend. She had it in a pot where it had remained stunted for months. I gladly accepted and repotted it. Within a month it grew rapidly and sent out some side shoots. It is now clambering up this trellis looking for somewhere to root.

My first dragon fruit from this vine. I am not sure if it is self pollinating  but there were no other flowers on the vine.

Dombeya aka tropical hydrangea in bloom. 

 Dwarf sunflowers in a wheel barrow

 Hello and welcome to GBBD where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. It is very hot and humid here in the tropics. Those of you in the north are getting ready for your fall weather with your colourful trees and cooler weather. Rainfall is still not enough for my island home where some residents are experiencing severe water shortages. We still have a few more months to go hoping that more rain will come.
To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol's at May dreams garden 
Wishing everyone a great weekend and happy gardening.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day August 2016

 Rain fell heavily last Thursday and the ground pond has been  filled to the brim.

 The main pond that was having some algae problems is now clear!
 Passion fruits are now ripening so there will be more juice in the fridge.

 Rain lilies are out in full force!

Hello and welcome to GBBD where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens.
It rained heavily  last week Thursday for almost the whole day! And I was elated! The garden is bursting with new growth after a long drought. 
To see more blooming gardens please visit Carol at May dreams gardens. Wishing you all a great week!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloomday July 2016

Dragon fruit flower
 Flamboyant blooms as a centerpiece
 Bathroom view
 Back patio

Unnamed lily finally blooming for the first time. Someone mentioned it is a type of Amaryllis Hippeastrum reticulatum
First  Tomatillo
 Tomatillo blooms
 Sesbania grandiflora  aka parrots beak
 Milkweeds awaiting the monarchs
 Grass is green again
zinnias still looking good
Plumbago at front entrance.

Hello and welcome to GBBD where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. We have been getting some rain  yet it is still not enough to fill our reservoirs. The grass has been on steroids and once a week cutting is necessary.  I celebrated my 60th birthday last Saturday 09th with a small group of friends.
To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol at  May dreams gardens.  Wishing all a wonderful weekend!