This rosemary focaccia with red grapes and sea salt is ideal for all the Summer picnics! Bake ahead, then enjoy it with a glass of wine and some olives!
Can you believe we are now in June?!? Only few weeks ago I have been going on about what a delightful weather we’ve been having, and well, it looks like I’ve jinxed it. The start of Summer is looking a bit more like the beginning of Autumn…
So while we wait for the Summer to come back, I thought I would share this rosemary focaccia recipe with you! That, and some thoughts I’ve been having recently about the blog, and where am I heading with it… So if you just want the recipe for this delicious, Italian staple, you may want to scroll down now. But if you would like to hear about my thoughts and my doubts, then keep reading!
I have been blogging for about 14 months now. And I’m enjoying it more and more. There is nothing in this world I want more, than to turn my passion into a full-time job, that would also pay the bills. And recently, more and more, I’m feeling an urge to change something, shake things up a bit, and explore some new options and ideas…
Because I’m noticing more and more, that my blogging passion consists of few elements, that individually, are giving me even more joy, than blogging itself. So let me explain…
Firstly, food photography, and photography in general. As you may know, I’ve started this blog to share some recipes and pictures of them. Because I’m one of these annoying people, who loves taking pictures of food. I’ve recently attended a workshop, where one of the attendees dropped a phrase: ‘camera eats first’, and that truly describes my approach! But with time, I’m noticing that just the photography process itself, gives me more joy, than cooking and experimenting with recipes. Don’t get me wrong, food is still, and probably always will be, my great passion, but photography is very quickly becoming as great, if not even bigger!
Secondly, food styling. And I’m aware I’ve still got sooooo much to learn in this area, but again, the process itself, gives me a great deal of joy. Choosing props, fabrics, flowers, and ceramics. Backdrops, colours and shapes… All these things excite me a lot, and quite often I think that soon, we will need a second house, just to accommodate all of my ‘treasures’… But I do not have a problem, if anyone asks!
And there is this new urge… the itch to share more… and it’s scary…
I want to share with you, what I’ve learned, noticed, and came across so far, in the blogosphere, that may help you to discover some new passions, or perhaps even to start your own blog! But it’s scary as hell, for number of reasons. The main one, being myself. And the fear of failing… Because part of me thinks that I’m not a ‘professional’ blogger, and I’m not an expert in the area, so I shouldn’t really be giving an advice on this subject.
However, there is also that other part, that tells me it’s time to came out of the shell, drop the ‘newbie’ title and the shyness, and just go for it. And if I fail, at least I’m going to know that I’ve tried! So… I hope you are ready to join me on this journey. And I hope to see you around here in the future! What you can expect, is some more posts about inspiration (just like this one here ), resources (like the one here ) and some other stuff, that hopefully you will find just as useful, as I did.
So to get started, I want to give you the names of few other blogs, which I read and find very helpful. And not all of them are food- related blogs. But all, for sure, are very inspiring, and will teach you something new!
- Adventures in Cooking , stunning food and photography blog by very talented Eva Kosmas Flores, one of my absolute favourites!
- The Little Plantation, by lovely Kimberly Espinel, who I’ve had a pleasure to meet and learn from. I love Kimberly’s style, and it’s not a secret, she’s a huge inspiration of mine. Her blog is full of beautiful food photography, but she also shares lots of tips and resources about blogging, photography, and styling.
- Jen Carrington, who also has an awesome podcast. Her blog is full of ideas for any online creatives, and I love how she always try to push people to do their best, to the full potential. Great place to make your brain flourish with ideas!
- Blog Tutor, by Andrew Wilder, small, but super helpful blog about highlights and low-lights of running a blog with Word Press. Great tips if you are just getting started, plus some good advice on technical side of running a blog.
- Food Bloggers Central by Nagi Maehashi. Great place for anyone who is starting in food blogging space. Nagi’s page is also full of free resources for food bloggers specifically.
So there you have it! A sample of blogs worth checking out, which I’m more likely to expand in the future again!
Now, let’s look at today’s recipe for rosemary focaccia!
I’m a massive fan of breads, and can’t imagine my life without it. This focaccia bread is relatively easy to make, and the only challenging part is kneading the dough (although, you can use electric mixer, I’m just old- fashioned like that, and prefer to do it by hand). As it can get a bit sticky, make sure you have plenty of flour to dust your hands with! Other than that, it’s the easiest bread I’ve ever made!
Roasted red grapes are great addition, but can be omitted from the recipe, if you prefer. Combination of olive oil, rosemary and sea salt is pretty awesome by itself, but red grapes are adding nice flavour and texture to the focaccia. You can also add fresh grapes, without roasting them first. Either way, this focaccia bread will taste delicious!
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Delicious focaccia bread with rosemary, red grapes and sea salt. Italian classic, perfect for Summer picnics!
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp dried active yeast
- 350 ml warm water
- 450 g strong bread flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp chopped rosemary
- 1 tbsp olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 200 g red grapes
In a medium bowl, mix together caster sugar with dried yeast and warm water. Stir it gently and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cumin, fennel seeds and rosemary. Add 1 tsp of salt and and mix together. Add yeast mixture and mix all together with wooden spoon. The dough will be quite sticky, so you may want to add more flour.
Using your hands (or electric mixer with a hook attachment) knead the dough for about 10 minutes, until smooth. Pour 1 tbsp olive oil into a clean, large bowl and transfer the dough into it. Cover with a cling film and leave to prove for couple of hours, or until it doubled in size.
In a mean time, heat the oven to 180 C and place grapes on a baking tray lined up with parchment paper. Drizzle with some olive oil, and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Remove cling film, and scatter some flour on a work surface. Using your hands or rolling pin, stretch out the dough until it's roughly the size of your baking tray. Transfer the dough into baking tray, cover with tea towel and allow to prove for further 30 minutes.
Gently press baked grapes into the dough, add some rosemary sprigs, drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with remaining sea salt. Using fork, or your fingers, make small indentations into the surface of the dough, then bake at 180 C for 25- 30 minutes until golden.