It’s the festive season when I miss India the most. There is something special about each festival there. The smell of the air, the crowd in the market, the decorations, the social gatherings, and above all food. It is absolutely unbeatable. But, I am so so far from there. Can’t smell anything in the air, there is no festivity around. All I can do to get the feel is to make some traditional food and connect with the roots. And, so I did.
To my dear readers, don’t be scared of the word Filmjölk. It is nothing but the Swedish version of yogurt. This yogurt is made with sour milk, more information here.
Now that you are friends Filmjölk, let me take you to the journey of the easiest bread I’ve ever made. The credit goes to the most awesome stand up comedian and my colleague, Lord James McKie who gave me the recipe. I just made some changes as per the ingredients available and to adapt the bread to my cuisine of the day, that is, Greek.
Do you believe in angels? I never did, until I met Barbro, my extra mother. I met her in 2010, a few months after my dad passed away. May be it was God’s way of balancing things in my life.
Back then, she met me in the capacity of my onsite trainer. Little did we know then that we would have such a strong connection that would last forever. I think it is her love that brings me to Stockholm every now and then. Since, I am in Stockholm right now, we get to meet as many times as we can. We chat a lot about different things including food. We exchange our ideas and try them.
Someone rightly said, ”Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Me and a very close friend of mine, Shipra, who is an amazing cook and a blogger (see her incredible and lip smacking recipes at https://mygourmetsaga.wordpress.com/) have done quite a lot of things together. From chattering, to serious discussions, from shopping to travelling, etc. Ah, not to forget recipe discussions and cooking. Whenever we are skeptical of trying something new, we do it together, easy isn’t? What else are friends for?
We made our first bread together (braided bread stuffed with cheese and lots of veggies; oh, that was so much fun) and now we decided to try our hands at a biga-based bread. At first, we thought of baking it at the same time, but the fear of failure brought us together and we made it together, yet again. Tell you a secret, this blog is also a joint effort, shhh! 😉
As one can guess, we again got 24 hours to chit chat and gossip while the dough was raising and the bread was baking. So, here is the success story with pride and glory, our first Biga bread – fermented for 15 hours and raised 3 times. The wholes and the crispy crumb tell their own story. 🙂
Long long ago, when I didn’t even know how to use the oven, I saw this beautiful pull apart bread on the Internet. The bread had everything l like, garlic, cheese(s), and herbs. With the Itlaian cuisine fanaticism, I thought there and then that one day I will make this.
So, the day came and I tried my hands at this beauty. Unfortunately, I don’t have a proper bread loaf till now (I am not a regular baker), so I decided to use my cake tin. So, instead of a pull apart bread, I made pull apart rolls. And, they turned out amazingly good. I think these rolls are my best bake till date. And, yes I served it with spaghetti made in bechamel sauce. Another treat to my tongue. 🙂