Wow, okay, so birthday week is over and done with! (it was my mum’s birthday a few days after mine, and then I had my birthday party on Sunday) – thank you everyone who left me such sweet, awesome comments on my birthday post, I was smiling a heck tonne whilst reading them all!!
and now it’s half-term! Yessssssssss.
It’s weird, because usually, I have nothing to do during this half term – everyone normally leaves for France to go skiing and whatnot, but this year is cray, I’m busy ALL week.
I’m not used to this.
But I’ve got some awesome things planned (for me, and for you, keep an eye on my instagram on Wednesday and Thursday…)
side note: guys, I don’t know what was happening, but between like December and now, I didn’t wear nail varnish. I can’t understand how it happened, but don’t worry, I painted them again yesterday and I’ve made up for it with extra sparkles.
Anyway, lets get back to the issue of parties. Yes?
How can you deal?
Attending – fine, great, awesome.
Hosting – well…
I always end up having an awesome time, my friends are there, and I love my friends to bits. We make Harlem shake videos and eat waaaay to many lime doritos, but I feel like whenever I’m the hostess, half the time I CAN’T RELAX.
Over the years, I’ve learned to deal with the fact that I have to guard the 50s Hans Wegner chairs with my life (my dad’s an architect, so any rooms that don’t involve my bedroom or study, I basically have to protect like a polar bear protecting her babies because – and I mean this in the nicest way possible – teenagers don’t understand the implications of scratched wood, marked walls or chocolate on sofas, when you’re living in a house designed by your mum and dad)
“Feet down. Stop rocking on the chair. Please don’t lean on her chair. No… you can’t sit on the counter” (as you can tell, I’m actually an old lady at heart)
I know that I have to make sure food doesn’t get mushed into cushions, or make people realise that a kitchen isn’t a convenient place to gather whilst I’m preparing cocktails.
But when they decide to start playing ‘1D’ – let me re-iterate that, ‘One Direction’ *shudder*,
I have to play the sass card, and that is a card that can’t be dealt too many-a-time,
Do you have hosting tips? Please help meeeeee! I need the tips.
Right, so beer bread sticks…totally related to that.
but they are awesome! and delicious, and perfect for parties! You just stir up the dough, pour it straight onto a greased tray and bake it (if you like British accents, I’d advise un-muting the vine videos. That’s what I sound like, but normally, a little less weird/excited).
There’s none of the kneading (don’t get me wrong, I love kneading dough, but when you’re pressed for time, it’s not very relaxing) or waiting hours for proving and rising. Plus this bread has the most awesome texture ever – really crisp crust with a chewy center. So freaking good.
You can also use it as pizza dough! How brilliant is that!? Or pour it into a greased loaf pan and bake up a slice-able bread loaf.
So much potential, I need to experiment….
…I wonder, when’s the next party…? hmmm….no.
– if you don’t have self raising flour, substitute it for 3 cups of all purpose flour plus 1 tbsp baking powder plus 1 tsp of salt
– I also like to sprinkle mine with some kosher salt just before baking – but I’m a salt fiend…
– Like it more salty too? use salted butter! extra yum!
– if you want to make them garlicky – add 1 clove of finely minced garlic to the melted butter. Once the butter has been brushed onto the bread – put it back into the oven for a further 5 minutes.
– you can make them cheesey by adding 1/2 cup of grated parmesan, Gruyère or cheddar cheese to the dough, or sprinkling it on top of the baked dough and then baking for a further 5 minutes to melt it.
– if you’d prefer a sweet version, add 1/4 cup of sugar to the dough, then once baked + brushed with melted butter, sprinkle on a mixture of 1/4 cup of sugar + 4 tsp of cinnamon.
– use it as a pizza dough! – it’ll make around 1 LARGE or two medium bases. Prepare as usual, but spread into (a) thinner rectangle(s) (or circle) on the greased tray(s) and bake for 20 minutes. Add sauce and toppings and bake again for however long you need (normally like 15 minutes)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), grease a large baking tray well.
Put the flour, beer and 4 tbsp of the butter into a large bowl and mix well. Pour onto the greased pan and spread out with slightly damp hands into a (roughly) 12 by 9 inch rectangle.
Bake for 40 minutes until dark golden brown. Brush with the remaining butter. Cut into 12-16 sticks. Serve warm.