Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Naan, Clothes and Spitting…

Naan Making

We came to love Naan living in Germany and having it easily available and cheap at the turkish groceries and restaurants.  It is neither cheap or easily available here. Jacob decided to make it the other night.  He picked this recipe which we found at allrecipes which I love and it turned out great.  It is a bit time consuming but he does not seem to mind. He has made it both times thus far… I don't do the charcoal grill (which is all we have). Some reviews say it can be made with George Foreman or in a skillet… I might attempt this. 


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
  2. Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  3. During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
  4. At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.

Aurora loves clothes so much she wants to wear as much as possible when she sees it.  Here she has her undershirt on with 2 bathing suits on top but before she was done she added 2 pairs of leggings and a sweater.  

Along with developing her potty skills, Aurora has also been working on her brushing her teeth on her won skills.  Before we just brushed them at night for her in her bedroom as part of the bedtime routine.  A few months ago she became interested in brushing them in the morning with us and just this week we started brushing them at night in the bathroom.  She does it first then we find the spots she missed.  She is pretty good at sucking toothpaste and drinking water but still working on the brushing and spitting out water.  The spitting out water is really the most amusing part. She wants to spit like we do but she swallows the toothpaste and the extra water we let her drink. The extra water is pretty funny because she makes a concentrated effort to spit but can't stop herself from swallowing. In any case she follows it up with leaning far over the sink and trying to find some left over saliva to spit.

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