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White ‘Franco’ bread

The subject with baking is like any other skill or job one may do: the more you practice, the better you would do. There are of course some tips and tricks you would notice or learn by time.
Bread is the essence of life in its simplest form. I am so happy to learn a bit about bread and lucky to make my healthy bread myself.
White ‘Franco’ bread is one of the easiest bread you may try yourself as a beginner baker 🙂 I mean by ‘Franco’ the type of bread that is typical for European people that is quite different from that in Eastern countries like Egypt, my home.
All what we need for baking is a pot of suitable size where we add little water by little to the all purpose flour until we get the consistency suitable for making bread. We add the fermenting yeast mean while and treat our baking stuff quite good to become homogenous.
Then we leave the baking stuff for some time until it looks and smells fine after the action of yeast to be ok.
We need then to shape our baking like balls of suitable size and then give them few minutes to rest.
The baking oven should be set at about 220-250 Celsius before putting the baking pieces inside it.

How often should one bake? It depends on the conditions of everyone, but generally once a week you you bake for one or two days so that your performance would improve quite quickly. And enjoy 🙂


 

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Human health and filling in the gaps

There are seemingly no clear boundaries between health and disease of humans. From one side the judgement of one’s health may be subjective, and from the other side the feeling of being healthy or sick may be intermingled in the different parts of the same day. One of the most impactful insights in medical sciences is to find the appropriate definition of health and disease statuses. The definition of health laid by the World Health Organization states health as “the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Apparently and in practical terms no one on Earth would fit to the WHO definition as being a healthy human.
The human health, being the sum of several biological components or entities, should not be regarded apart from its inherent dynamic nature. It can, therefore, be considered and expressed in hand of mathematical probability estimation. The human health may be, accordingly, defined as the state of satisfactory physical, mental and social showing in average life conditions with or without auxiliary means in terms of lifestyle and/or medical treatment. Therefore, in light of this definition while health state judgment may be individually tailored and appreciated, the presence or absence of certain physical or psychological disease state would be regarded as a constitutional health element for every individual. For the delineation of such constitutional health elements, physicians and other health scientists may succeed in writing down all known conditions (or diseases) with their different possible classifications.
Such dynamic nature of human health should give a red alarm to physicians not to make statements on one’s health based only on some data in limited clinical sessions or visits. In many cases, closer observation and more rigorous data collection may be needed before the health state of an individual can be judged.
On handling certain health condition, the natural body resources and compensatory reserves (so-called natural healing power) should not be overseen, but rather boosted and encouraged. In other words, the medicines; if they are clearly indicated, should be given prudently so that such natural resources and reserves would still be desirably in action. The benefits of such prudent medical conduct include: 1) preservation and boosting of natural healing would ensure permanent or durable cure and reflect positively on longevity, 2) giving less medicines with less chances for side-effects and with lower cost, and 3) deliberate ‘undertreatment’, i.e. prudent treatment, would allow easy-to-follow life style and help avoid iatrogenic (of doctor origin) and accidental overdosing.

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Plain pan bread

Ingredients:
– All purpose flour
– Dried baking yeast
– Water

Method:
1- Put the desired amount of flour, e.g. one and half cups, in a suitable dish and add the dried baking yeast (about 1 full small spoon) to the flour.
2- Add the water little by little to the flour and mix gently in one direction. The desired consistency of the baking can be like that of a milk yoghurt or even lighter.
3- Put a clean pan on the oven top and let the fire set near to maximum. When the pan is quite hot, pour some of the flour mix to the center of the pan.
4- Wait until your baking in the pan hardens, and separate it gently from the pan by a suitable tool like a spoon. And then turn your baking on the other side.
5- After your bread is nicely cooked on both sides, take it out of the pan, and make the next bread by the same way until the whole amount of baking is done.
6- Enjoy your bread with spiced food like cooked beans, olives and green salad, or with sweet stuff like honey or jam; and of course your favorite hot drink 🙂


 

 

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Chicken King – chicken concept recipe –

Do you want to revive yourself after an active week of work and accomplishments? Or do you still have some concerns about the cold nights of the recently passed January and February? Then, the recipe of today should be in your hands in time. I called it “chicken king” because it suits the previous situations I mentioned above, when you feel hunger dead and wish to revive yourself with light and energy-rich healthy and balanced warm food. It is a kind of Egyptian food in which the chicken is filled with rice that can be spiced according to individual taste.

The concept in this recipe, in addition to the rice filling, is that the chicken is halved longitudinally so two servings can be made with suitable green vegetables like parsley and coriander, cooked vegetables like green peas and zucchini, etc.

Ingredients, one chicken for two servings:
1- medium chicken (about 650 – 1200 gm, net weight).

2- 1.5 cups of rice (about 250 ml, in total)

3- green vegetables, e.g. parsley, coriander, rocca, etc.

4- favorable vegetables, e.g. zucchini, carrot, green peas, onion, etc.

5- spices, e.g. salt, cumin, etc. (optional)

Method:
1- wash the rice several times with drinking water and then cook it to 80% in a small pot. In this step you can cook the chicken’s organs, e.g. liver, etc., by dropping them with the rice in the same pot. Make sure you added more a bit more water to the rice and let it boil for about 15 minutes while the pot is covered. Then turn the flame off.

2- wash the chicken very well with water and fill it with the 80% cooked rice and the chicken viscera, e.g. liver. Then you should know how to fix the the thighs of the chicken as professional cooks do. This will keep the filling inside and give the chicken after cooking its standard appearance with closed thighs.

3- then put the chicken in a suitable clean pot with a cup of water and let it boil and then adjust the flame to near low.

4- after about 25 minutes put the vegetables to cook with the chicken for 15 minutes. You may add a cup of water if you think it is necessary at this step.

5- start washing your green vegetables and garnish them beautifully in the serving dish.

6- when the vegetables are well cooked turn off the flame and let the food rest for a few minutes.

7- take the vegetables out of the pot gently and serve them suitably in the serving dish.

8- take the chicken to the serving dish and let it cool for five minutes. Halve it longitudinally by a suitable knife.


You can start this rich meal with some favorable fresh juice and fruits.

Eat as much green and cooked vegetables as you can while you enjoy your rice-filled chicken half! If you feel extraordinary hungry, you can find some chicken-vegetable soup to eat and maybe some rice too to satisfy your delicious and healthy meal. I wish you  like it too 🙂

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What do numbers mean for you?

The numbering system we use in daily life and the ordinary school education is decimal that includes 10 basic numbers, namely 0, 1, 2, …., and 9. Numbers, as such, have been a subject of inspiration and philosophical analysis as for their origin, meaning and applications. There is indeed substantial prove of number peculiarities as for natural occurrence and mathematical behavior. At the personal level, people may extrapolate their own expectations and intuitions on numbers too.

What do numbers mean for you?

Here I would give just one impression:

0: equity, equality, settlement, equilibrium, steadiness, clarity, neutrality, innocence; color: colorless

1: existence, completion, independence, realization, perfection, rising, victory, maturity; color: white

2: mutuality, reciprocity, duality, cooperation, reactivity, interaction, understanding, operability, help, feasibility; color: red

3: fortune, satisfaction, peak, apex, surge; color: orange

4: crises, conspiracy, stress, misfortune, loneliness, patience, test, challenge; color: yellow

5: day, company, fist, sense; color: violet

6: health, integrity, energy, power, build, bee, honey; color: brown

7: heaven, secret, loyalty; color: blue

8: sex, love, bond, link, garden, infinity; color: green

9: abundance, wealth, saturation, flood, talent, generosity, beauty; color: black

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Rice with milk (dessert)

Rice with milk. Sweet or a regular meal? It depends on your choice. This recipe is quite flexible and it can – according to my opinion – give you a wide range of healthy and tricky tastes for your all purpose food and as a light dessert too.


Rice with milk is one of the typical Egyptian sweet dishes that can be served at home and in restaurants as well. It is made of rice, milk and sugar. The dish is usually ornamented with grated coconuts and dried grapes.

Ingredients for 7-8 servings
1- 2/3 medium cup (250 ml) rice
2- 1.5 cups milk (375 ml) milk
3- 1/2 cup of sugar (or according to the sweetness you prefer)
4- 2-3 large spoonful starch
5- 0.5 – 1 vanilla powder (optional)
6- grated coconuts
7- dried grapes


Steps
1- put the rice in a reasonably large cooking pot. Wash the rice several times with water until the water is largely clear.
2- cook the rice with much water in the pot until it becomes soft enough but take care it should be quite wet not dry.
3- pour the milk onto the rice and stir for a few minutes, and if necessary you can add a cup or two of water to the mixture in the pot.
4- put the pot on a gentle flame while adding the starch to the rice and the milk. Mix gently for 3-5 minutes. Then, raise the flame to medium level.
5- add the vanilla powder (optional).
6- the rice will cook again and the mixture will be more thick because of the starch.
7- let the food boil for a couple of minutes (don’t make as I did, the rice with milk spelt out of the pot 🙂
8- serve the rice with milk in medium dishes and add some grated coconuts and dried grapes on the top.


Show your kindness and don’t eat alone 🙂