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So this was my daughter's History project this week. We are doing Ancient civilizations this year with her. This week we learned about the Nile and food and farming. So our project today was baking bread. We were also going to make hummus but I discovered it was a lot more expensive to make than to just buy a small container, especially considering we weren't sure who was going to actually like it. Plus, making hummus is a lot more work and I don't always have that kind of energy. Maybe we'll make that another week.

Egyptian Bread:

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
7 oz water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 oz yeast

1. Put flour and salt in a bowl and blend together.
2. Mix yeast with water, slowly add water to the flour, mix well until you have a soft moist dough.
3. Knead dough
4. Form balls into flat round shapes or triangles
5. Cover with a cloth and let rise for 1-2 hours.
6. Bake on a greased sheet for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

We made a double batch to make sure we had enough bread for everyone. (Yay for extra math practice doubling the recipe and converting the oz of yeast to teaspoons.)

This is what the bread looked like once it was done. Everyone got their own small loaf of bread (and we have one extra to split up later on).

The common people of Egypt ate mostly bread, vegetables, and fruit washed down with beer. Obviously we skipped the beer (we had tea instead). Only the rich and the nobles ate meat on a regular basis.

So this was our lunch. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, grapes, the good warm fresh bread, and hummus with garlic.

Everyone loved it except for the picky autistic 18 year old. Bit and Dad split his instead as well as eating their own. He went and made himself a PB&J, and ate the carrots. But at least he tried it.

Bit asked me to share her special lunch with you. Most of the ingredients above were paid for with food stamps, and we have plenty left to make more later on! Maybe I can talk her into writing the next one by herself.

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