Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sharing the Love (I Mean Recipe)


by Lucy Arlington


I love to cook and bake. And I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. At the grocery store, I thumb through magazines by the checkout, drooling over photographs of delicious looking cakes, cookies, pasta dishes and one-dish dinners. In bookstores, the first section I browse through (yes, even before fiction!) is the cookbook section.

But my favourite way of discovering a new dish is by eating it. I’ll be a friend’s house, or a party, or even a restaurant, and if I’m tasting a delicacy that I want to make myself, I will do my utmost to obtain the recipe.
 
I am fortunate that most of my friends are more than willing to share. And unlike some people, I have absolutely no qualms about sharing my recipes either. To me food is about love, and love is about sharing.

The recipe I am sharing with you today was given to me by a dear friend who discovered it herself not too long ago. She and I often exchange ideas for meals and other dishes. This bread is a wonderfully healthy addition to any meal. Served with a salad, it pretty much completes a light dinner. Enjoy.

Spinach and Cheese Braid
 









500 g spinach
1 t butter
1 medium leek, finely chopped
2 t fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 C flour
4t baking powder
1 C shredded parmesan
1 t pepper
¼ C fresh basil, chopped
¾ C crumbled feta
1 C milk (approximately)

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cook spinach, drain well and finely chop. Heat butter in pan. Add leek and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally until leek is soft. Add spinach, cook, stirring, about 5 minutes or until any liquid has evaporated. Cool.

Sift flour and baking powder into a medium bowl. Stir in parmesan, pepper, basil, three quarters of the feta, spinach mixture and enough milk to mix to a soft sticky dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Divide the dough into three equal pieces. Shape into foot long rolls.

Braid the rolls together on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining feta. Bake for 40 minutes.
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