Science Lesson 38 & 39 – French Baguettes!

In these lessons I made a set of threeingrediants_small French Baguettes! It started using these ingredients: salt (2 1/2 tsp), water (1/4 cup for yeast to dissolve in – another 2 to make the dough), the yeast (I used a little packet of yeast), a pound of flour (about two and a half cups), and a bit extra flour to put on my hands and the cutting/rolling/folding board.  I used up a good half – day (a half-night, actually) and a bit of patience.  First I put the yeast into the 1/4 cup of water, and let that rest for about twenty minutes.  While that dissolved,  I got the flour ready, and poured in the two and a quarter teaspoons of salt.  then I waited about ten minutes more, and then put the water & yeast into it.  I then stirred it around (with the help of mom the great) and then when it became too hard to stir anymore, I reached in and got real covered in the dough from kneading mixing_small  it without the flour on my hands, and it wouldn’t come off, so I washed my hands and it came off as easy as you can say apple pie.  Then I was like, “Mom?  I think I need some flour on my hands.”  She said okay, so off I went in folding again, and this time I came prepared.   About ten minutes later, I was back in the kitchen to put it in a bowl to let it rise three times what it was at the moment (it took three hours)  and then did it again after deflating it (squishing it together again), so I ended up with a nice texture.  I then put it on a cutting board and folded it in thirds.  I let this sit for three minutes, and then rolled it into baguettes.  Then I lifted it onto a baking sheet and  slit it.  This turned bagette2_smallout nicely, and I had a nice set of baguettes that were slitted and ready for the oven.  

After I had it slitted, I put it in the oven for 45 minutes and then mom put a tray of water in the bottom of the oven, and sent me to bed.  At the time it was bagette6_smallmidnight.  Then, six hours later, I was up and on my crutches, and I went to check on the baguettes.  One failed, and was hard as a rock.  Two actually made it,  and were edible.  This was quite the learning experience!bagette8_small

Green Goblin Smoothie – Science Lesson 30 – Yet Another Failure

Green Goblin Smoothie – more like Bad Blue Smoothie!  I did everything correct……… what went wrong?  I don’t know.  Well, I know I need a little more practice in the smoothie section.  I was supposed to put in some raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, 1  frozen banana, one lettuce leaf, two teaspoons acai or something like acai,  two cups nut or seed milk (I used almond), and of course the blender and friend (unless it turns out like this!).  As always, stuff it all in the blender and blend it.  If it turns out like this, throw it away.  It tasted terrible!

Three Annoying Smoothies – Science lesson 29 – Another Set of Failures

The troublesome trio of smoothies – Berry Blue Smoothie, Blueberry Mint Smoothie, and Strawberry Daydream Smoothie.  In the making of each one, I made at least one mistake.  For the Berry Blue, I was supposed to put in  1 cup blueberries or purple grapes, 2 Tbsp. acai or blackcurrant powder (or blackberries), 800 ml (27 fl. oz.) of nut or seed milk (example: almond milk), 1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup (optional), 2 semi-frozen bananas, 1/2 avocado, and the seeds of one vanilla pod.  I accidentally put in too much blackberries and it turned out too blackberry-tasting, and I then didn’t like it, so our guests drank it, and they liked it.  For the Blueberry Mint smoothie I put in too much mint, and I was supposed to put in 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana (peeled before frozen), 1 cup spinach, 1 cup apple juice, ½ cup pineapple chunks, and ¼ cup fresh mint.  That one was too minty, and again, our guests liked and drank them.  When I made the Strawberry Daydream, they were not there (thank goodness they weren’t!), and I accidentally forgot to cap the strawberries, simply dropped the strawberries in the blender, and blended the ingredients, which were  2 cups strawberries, 2 nectarines, 1 mango, 1 banana, ½ cup fresh lemon balm or basil, and 1 cup water.  While I did that, mom asked me if I’d capped the strawberries, and I said, “Whoops.  I forgot to do that.”  It was then that I noticed that I’d forgotten the caps.  And mom started laughing so hard she was crying, and I nearly burst into tears because I thought that she was laughing at me.  Later on, however, she said that she thought that I was cute when I said the line. She said that she understood that since we had been putting so many leaves in that I forgot about the strawberry leaves (when it happened I was actually thinking about the spinach leaves that I had put in the Blueberry Mint Smoothie the day before) and put them in.  These three smoothies were super annoying!

Slow Roasted Garlic Tomatoes – Science Lesson 15 – My First Failure

Eeaugh!!  Yuck!”   That’s what I said when I tried these.  They were disgusting!  Why?  I had put in WAY too much garlic!  The point of the recipe?  I don’t know.  I do know I am NOT putting that much garlic in again.  The problem was that I didn’t know how much a clove is, since I had a big can of pre-minced garlic.  The original recipe was to use some tomatoes, a matching amount of  garlic cloves, and some thyme and olive oil, and simply hallow out the tomatoes, drop one clove of garlic, one  teaspoon of thyme in, and put the top of the tomato back on, put them in the oven for an hour and a half, and serve.  

I learned a lesson that day.  Do not put in too much garlic ……… in anything!  Maybe I’ll try again sometime in the future, but that was quite the failure.