My Week In Instagram Photos – Focus

My advice to the young people in my life is – Get your own business, it may not be easy but it is better than being a battery for someone else’s. Take this advice from someone who has spent 25 years being a battery for other people’s business.

Food for thought #socent

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I loved the beautiful roses on my sister’s birthday cake, real ones covered in glitter, not sugar ones, in her favourite colour.

Glittery birthday roses

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Last wekend my Mom made vanilla and chocolate muffins. They lasted but a day except for one lonely muffin – the last one everyone is too shy to have ūüôā

Muffins de chocolate da M√£e

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Imagine if everyone in the world replaced just one judgemental thought with a curious question, just once every week…?

Focus

 

WordPress Weekly Photo: Focus

This week, the challenge is all about my favourite in-focus and out-of-focus moments. I have loads of the latter, as you can see from the gallery below. Imagine if we didn’t have digital cameras…this would turn out to be a very expensive post – enjoy ūüėČ

Focus.

 

Hot Tea And Raisin Bread

Sunday afternoon and time for tea. It just seems the right thing to do. On a cold Sunday afternoon. With raisin bread. So comforting.

The raisin bread is busy rising. I use a bread maker from start to finish. Che and I have not regretted buying this wonderful machine. The recipe is simple – it’s not my original but the one that comes with the bulk packs of sticks of 7g dry yeast.

Rising raisin bread – that’s quite a mouthful and it’s not even baked yet…
©2017 Regina Martins

Ingredients:

  1. 125ml lukewarm water (1/2 cup)
  2. 80ml lukewarm milk (1/3/ cup)
  3. 1 large egg, beaten
  4. 5ml salt (1 ts)
  5. 60ml sugar ( 4 tbsp)
  6. 60 g butter, cut into pieces
  7. 420g cake flour (3 1/2 cups)
  8. 7g dry yeast
  9. 140g raisins (200ml)
  10. Milk to brush
  11. Sugar to sprinkle

Method – step 1:

  • Place ingredients 1 to 8 – in the order written above – into the bread machine pan (make sure the paddle is in position and secure) – the first time I made bread I forgot to put in the paddle and was quite surprised when the ingredients weren’t mixing.
  • Select setting 5 or sweet setting on your machine. Select loaf size (900g/1lb/1.5lb – I chose a 1lb loaf) and colour setting.
  • Press start.

Method – step 2:

  • When the ingredients have mixed well and the machine beeps to indicate it is going to start the knocking down stage and that new ingredients can be added – open the lid and add the raisins.

Method – step 3 – it’s optional but I like to add it:

  • When the time shows 1h15 on the machine open the lid and brush the top with milk and sprinkle with sugar for a golden crust.

And there you have it. Wait for the machine to finish, let it cool only a bit, about 10 minutes or so, turn out the loaf and enjoy. With hot steaming tea.

It’s risen nicely
©2017 Regina Martins

The recipe recommends to glaze the loaf with a sugar water mix for a shiny finish but I don’t do this, the sugar sprinkles are enough. It’s not meant to win any looks competitions. But it does look good, don’t you think?

Already and sliced
©2017 Regina Martins

 

Gallery: Frankfurt Am Main – Order

(Scroll down to see the gallery, click on any photo to enlarge).

I got blissfully lost in Frankfurt whilst searching for the Goethehaus. Enjoy the gallery of the pics I took Рliving in Johannesburg, Frankfurt is deliciously orderly.

Order.

 

Agile Coach and Social Entrepreneur, chief wide eyed in wanderer, wonderer and bottlewasher…Inspecting and Adapting is my mantra

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