Friday, August 10, 2012

Cheesy green garden bread. ( a kind of recipe).

I gathered a colander full of kale, beetroot leaves, mustard greens, spinach, rocket, parsley and rainbow chard. I wilted them, squeezed out all the excess water and cut them into teensy little pieces.

Then I filled a mixing bowl with;

2 cups of wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
a small pile of grated parmesan
a small pile of grated mozzarella
a small pile of grated vegetarian tasty cheese
a small pile of feta
a third of a cup of sliced olives
half a cup of milk

I let the mixer mix all the ingredients together until they were combined and I had a really wet dough.

I plopped the dough mixture onto a floury bench and rolled it into a log.
Then I cut the log into three even pieces and rolled them into long thin snakes.
I laid the snakes on an oven tray covered with baking paper.
I joined the three snakes together by pinching one end.
Then I plaited them and tucked the last pinched end under.

Then I popped the braided dough into a hot oven for about 45 minutes.
I pulled it out when the top and bottom were golden brown.

It smelt incredible. And it tasted good. Really, really good. But it's almost gone already and the girls aren't even home from school yet.

Oh well, I'll just have to make more.

I think this is the type of recipe you can modify to suit whatever is in season, or whatever's in the fridge. I am super-dooper excited to try it with tomatoes come summer.

I think that apart from the flour, the quantities are pretty forgiving. I think that it would be delish with crumbled feta over the top...or slathered with butter...or humus...or dunked in soup...And I think that this is going to be the best lunchbox and afternoon tea snack. And I think this is a great way to get your kids to eat their greens. Yum!

Can you smell it from there?
Are you going to make some?
What's cooking in your kitchen.
What sort of things do you love to make?
I hope you have the happiest weekend folks!



  1. YUM that looks amazing! I will defo try that..
    And yes I can nearly smell it from here!

  2. lordy lordy that looks ace, i'm thinking warm out of the oven with loads of butter x

  3. Oooh that looks divine!
    We cooked some GF banana bread today, the crunchy end pieces are already gone ;)

  4. yes! I'm going to make some, thanks for the recipe!

  5. Was admiring this on instagram... might have to make some this weekend, thanks for the recipe!

  6. Oh yum Kate! I saw this on Twitter and was going to ask you to share the recipe, but I am very new to the Twitter space and wasn't too sure about the 'correct' way to ask! I will be trying this. Lovely photos as usual and yes...I can smell it from here, thank you :)

  7. What an awesome recipe. Loads of butter...yes please! I'm loving my preserving at the moment. I have run out of jars and never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this could be so tragic. Your garden is so inspiring. Hope you have a magnificent weekend :) x

  8. We will have a go at this - looks and smells delish!
    (i've pinned it - not that I'm on Pinterest tho. The other one -!)XXJ

  9. Will definitley have to make some of that. Today I made your Mandarinalade and it is probably the best marmalade I have ever made. Thanks Kate!

  10. You might be able to smell my three ginger loaf I have just made. I can smell your bread from here. I make something similar but with yeast. Roll to rectangle, spread with cheese and what ever you like. I eat little meat but am not vegetarian, so sometimes I use tuna,but hommus would be great. Roll up long side and slice like Swiss roll. Bake. Sprinkle with cheese. Eat hot with salad or veges for dinner or pack cold in lunch box.

  11. that looks so good , a whole meal in one loaf . It is cold and windy here today , making bread sounds like a great idea .

  12. Looks delish!! I like to make tomato, spinach and feta 'damper'. I cook them in muffin trays and then the kids and I can just pop one in our lunch boxes!

  13. That is a clever recipe Kate...and looks delicious too. Your greens look so beautiful in those pics too.

  14. thanks so much for sharing, I was admiring the pic on Twitter and I am so happy to see the recipe here.

  15. I reckon it would be pretty nice with some nuts in it too.

    Been meaning to stop by for ages and say how much I love reading your blog these days Kate. There is always something lovely to see and inspirational to read. It's one of my favourite places to visit.

    Have a gorgeous weekend.

  16. Oh yum. I can almost taste it from here.

  17. You are just cruel! Don't torture me sooooooo.... "Can you smell it from here" ;-) K8

  18. I *can* smell it from here! I'm not allowed in the kitchen any more. The man of the house insists on doing all the cooking and he's better at it so... {I do the cleaning, and I can actually cook as long as I follow a recipe!}

  19. Ooh, that sounds lovely and crunchy and tasty and... I want some now!


  20. You are a life saver. I have been searching all week for a homemade bread loaf with an extra something for a BBQ (please no wind) lunch with our friends this weekend and you roll out this bad boy, I'm over the moon with happiness. It looks delicious and so tempting. Might have to crack out a practice one tomo!!

  21. Oh my this looks heavenly. I can smell it!!!
    I made simple damper this week with on,y cheese, as my garden is waiting for me to get it growing again. But I will next time make it like yours with all sorts of yummy. And it's so pretty plaited.
    Next week we're making damper with the kids at the school kids in the kitchen program. Do you mind if I use your recipe as its so much better than the one I was going to go with. And there's things in the school garden too. I was planning on making butter with the kids too - getting all those kids to work the cream. What better than fresh garden bread with homemade butter.
    Oh, yum and yum. I hope the girls got to taste some .....
    Happy weekend to you xx

  22. This looks so insanely good! And versatile! Definitely pinching this idea, thanks Kate!

    Katie c

  23. my stomach just made the biggest growl. that looks amazingly delicious!

  24. This is just fabulous, Kate! Honestly, you guys have to do your own book - it would be a runaway success. All these fresh organic ingredients and recipes, home craft and all... really, I'm so serious. Kx

  25. I am SO glad you posted this recipe! I saw the picture on instagram a few days ago and have been dreaming about it ever since (seriously!)

  26. Oh I am so going to be making this! I foresee it being an after school snack very early this week. Thanks for sharing. :)

  27. Yum Kate, that looks delicious. x

  28. Oh I want to make this! Do you suppose I could mix it by hand?

    1. Yep, I'm certain you can.
      I think I'm a bit lazy like that. x

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