I am not a baker. At all. I very rarely make cookies, and I seldom even buy bread. But a friend of ours recently told us about this Lékué silicone bread maker (it's really just a floppy bowl with a slot and a tab) and I thought it might be cool for the boat and/or the Airstream when we did want some bread.
I first tried the easiest recipe in the book that comes with the Lékué: Quick No-Knead Bread. It's basically flour, yeast, salt, water...mix together right in the bowl, let proof for an hour at room temperature (or 10 hours in the fridge overnight) and then microwave for 3 minutes (totally not baking). It was good, but definitely could have used some oven heat for making the crust nicer.
Last night I went for the second easiest recipe: Easy-to-Make No-Knead Bread. Flour, water, salt, yeast, olive oil. Mix all ingredients together in the bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and let proof overnight. I stuck it in the warming drawer (off) to rise overnight and it was nice and bubbly this morning. I sprinkled some chia seeds on top and then closed up the bowl around the dough.
Into the oven it went! The instructions said to bake for 40 minutes at 392 degrees F then turn the dough over and put back in the oven for 10 more minutes. And then...we had bread! I'm a baker! (Not really.) But look!
It turned out great...fluffy inside with a light and crunchy crust on the outside.
This Lékué silicone bread maker is going to be super handy. Mixing the dough right in the same vessel you cook the bread in saves a lot of work and cleanup. This no-knead recipe is easy, and can be modified for a whole wheat version as well. The Lékué is even dishwasher safe!
We've been trying out a new service called Plated. Plated delivers everything you need to create "delicious chef-designed recipes." You receive a weekly box of fresh and seasonal ingredients, pre-portioned for the recipes you choose. The recipes/ingredients are meals for two, and you can opt for two, three, or four meals (for two) per week. You get to choose from 7 standard meals (included in your normal price) with the option of a slight upcharge for a "Chef's Table" meal with slightly more expensive ingredients. (Also available: desserts.)
A friend recommended Plated to us, and after some research into some of the other similar services, Plated definitely looked like the best one with the most interesting recipes and the most variety. We've been using it now for a few weeks and it's fantastic. There hasn't been one meal that we didn't like. The ingredients are fresh. The pre-portioning is brilliant and makes things SUPER easy, and it's perfect for the boat!! We opted for a 3x/week plan, but added a fourth dinner to the delivery we got right before we headed up to the boat. It made cooking dinner a breeze. Having all the ingredients pre-portioned without having to have a mega pantry on the boat is pretty sweet!
Here's this week's box (with the recipe card for Mu Shu Chicken with Pancakes on top, which was delicious, by the way):
The ingredients come like this, in an insulated, ice-filled box:
Most of the time, all you need to have on hand is salt, pepper, and olive oil!
From the Plated website: Steak frites, creamy shallot sauce, and sautéed spinach (this was also was SO good) with ingredients and info:
Here are a few of the dinners from our upcoming order:
Beef bibimbap with sautéed mushrooms and spinach:
Roasted cod tacos with butternut squash and cabbage slaw:
Chicken pad thai with bok choy:
You can create your taste profile however you like, and include or exclude poultry, beef, fish, vegetarian, pork, shellfish, and lamb. We're total fans! I love to cook and experiement, but it's definitely been fun to learn some new dishes (I've already made two favorites over again).
Also, Plated in combination with the advent of Amazon Prime Now is a pretty sweet combo. Amazon Prime Now is an app where I can shop (via my iPhone) from several local grocery stores (New Seasons, Uwajimaya, World Foods, and Amazon) and my order is delivered within two hours (not by drone). We seldom even have to step foot in a grocery store anymore. Heaven! :)