Who doesn't love getting parcels in the mail. Members of my household certainly do. The kids rush to check out who has sent a gift. The reactions on receiving these parcels from friends or family range from happiness to bliss.
There are other parcels which causes the exact opposite reaction. I have a serious problem with parcels that come pretty regularly carrying within them beautiful printed labels with cute pictures but names misspelled and the Mr called Mrs and the Mrs called a Mr and all we can do is toss them in the trash. These are usually solicitations for a charity making me feel guilty for having tossed somebody's donation into the trash. One of the foremost children's cancer research hospital does something similar. Every donation made automatically triggers a gift to be sent like lapel pin or a necktie with name of the charity printed on it. Most often these useless objects either collect dust or land in the trash. It must not be that hard to add a checkbox to indicate if a gift would be preferred or not, would it? I'd rather have the money going for the cause I am donating than a useless gift. There are other non profits like my local radio station WAMU which makes it easy to forego the gift.
Jacques Pépin might easily be one of my favorite chefs on TV his shows are crisp and to the point. The episode from 'More Fast Food My Way' was on a couple of weeks ago and it had this Tibetan flat bread that can be cooked on the stovetop. Yes on the stovetop. Catch the episode here. The Recipe Seemed so easy but it took a couple of weeks to give it a try and what a day it was. We went for an early morning swim and since it should take less than 20 minutes decided to cook it after getting back. Boy! was that a mistake or what and we ended up close to scratching and setting each other's nerves on edge. But it did not take all that long and the minute the bread came out of the pan, there was a silence. The bread was delicious and the best part is it cook less than 20 minutes and no powering up the oven.
Recipe Source: More Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pépin
1. 1 Cup Whole Wheat flour (I used chapati flour)
2. 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
3. 1 tsp baking powder
4. 1/4 tsp salt
5. 1 tbsp olive oil
6. 1 Cup + 2 tbsp Water (I should have used slightly more water for the dough)
1. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt with water to form a gooey dough. I should have added a bit more water because of the WW flour.
2. To a 12" cold saute pan add the olive oil and then the dough and spread it around. Dip a rubber spatula in the oil and use it pat the dough around (my dough was slightly less gooey because of less water another 1/4 cup should have been enough)
3. Add the 2 tbsp of water around the dough to create steam. Cover the pan.
4. In medium high heat cook for 10 minutes.
5. Flip the bread over and cook for 5 more minutes.
6. Let it cool in the skillet, cut and serve.
We had ours with butter and some jelly. It is perfect for a quick breakfast, as a base for pizza perhaps. The choices are endless and best of all no oven to heat.