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Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Focaccia Bread

Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Focaccia Bread is a delicious Italian style seasoned bread that is full of flavour.

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I can’t believe we are half way through September already. It’s crazy. Our house is back into our regular schedule again and the regular hockey season is starting up again. Now that it has been getting darker earlier and the kids are getting to bed at a descent time hubby and I have had a little more time in the evenings to ourselves.

We have been dating Netflix virtually every night…lol. Vampire Diaries to be specific. I am hooked to this show. We are only on the second season but I can’t stop watching it. Thank goodness we still have plenty more to watch because I hate that feeling you get when a series ends. I get so sad that there is no more to watch.

Does this only happen to me? anyone with me on that one?

Anyhow, I’ve got a super yummy focaccia recipe to share with you. Bread can seem intimidating but it’s actually super easy to make. If you have never tried it, I am telling you, just try this recipe. You’ll be hooked. It’s a good place to start, plus your house will smell so good and you’ll be so proud of yourself.


Focaccia bread has a signature look. It’s the dimples in the dough, they’re tiny little pockets you make with your fingers and they fill up with olive oil and herbs.


I love how it’s crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The roasted garlic and parmesan covering the whole top are so aromatic and tasty.


Give it a go! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Focaccia
  1. 2 cups warm water
  2. 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  3. 1 tbsp honey
  4. 5 1/4 cup flour
  5. 1 tbsp salt
  6. 1 cup olive oil
  7. 1 head of roasted garlic
  8. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Mix together first 3 ingredients and set aside for 5 minutes
  2. Add 1/2 cup olive oil, yeast mixture, flour and salt to a mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  3. Mix on low until dough has come off the sides of the mixer and it is smooth. About 5 minutes. (readjusting the dough 2 x)
  4. Place in oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap, let rise for 1 1/2 hrs.
  5. Prepare a cookie sheet (with sides) with parchment paper and spread 1/4 cup olive oil all over the parchment paper.
  6. Press the dough out on the cookie sheet until it fills the sheet and it is evenly spread out. Use your fingers to put dimples into the bread by pressing hard all the way down.
  7. Let rise another hour.
  8. Prepare the garlic and parmesan mixture by mixing 1 head of roasted garlic with parmesan and 1 tbsp olive oil. Set aside
  9. Brush top of bread with olive oil generously just before placing in the oven.
  10. Place in preheated oven at 425 degrees F for about 25 minutes. With about 10 minutes left brush top of bread with the garlic mixture.
  11. Allow to cool and serve.
  12. Enjoy!
Amanda's Daily Dish

Roasted Vegetable Grain Salad

Want to add a new salad to your lineup? Try this Roasted Vegetable and Grain Salad . You can eat it cold or warmed up.

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It’s been busy around our house lately. With a family wedding this past weekend and my husband being in the wedding party there’s been barely enough time to do anything around here.

Dishes are in the sink, laundry is piled up, I can’t see one single inch of flooring in our youngest boys bedroom (he decided to dig through 4 piles of clean laundry, empty his entire toy box and scatter laundry and toys all over the room)


But, the good news is I made this salad a couple of days ago so I’d have something in the fridge to eat when I want to just grab something quick.

Same with the kids. They’ve been eating like crazy and I wanted to have something ready and healthy on hand.

This salad is so good. I love roasted vegetables, so I paired it with some healthy grains to give this salad a hearty feel.

Some of these vegetables didn’t make it into the salad after I roasted them, I couldn’t help myself.

Don’t these grains just scream hearty and healthy? I love barley.


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Look at all of this goodness.


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Here’s the recipe….

Roasted Vegetable and Grain Salad

Roasted Vegetable Grain Salad
  1. 2 cups cooked barley
  2. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  3. 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  4. 1 cup chopped zuchini
  5. 1/2 an onion
  6. 1 bell pepper (any color)
  7. 4 tbsp olive oil
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Cook your grains and set them aside. You'll need 2 cups of cooked barley and 1 cup of cooked quinoa.
  3. Wash and chop your vegetables. Place them in a 9x13 baking dish and add the oilve oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Bake until vegetables are tender and starting to brown.
  5. While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the dressing by combining the dressing ingredients and whisking vigourously.
  6. Combine the cooled grains and vegetables and pour the dressing over it. Toss the mixture and place in the fridge.
  1. You can use bottled Italian dressing or make homemade
  2. I made this one I found somewhere online. It was a while ago I wrote it down.
  3. Italian Dressing
  4. 2/3 cup canola oil
  5. 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  6. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  7. 1/4 tsp thyme
  8. 1/2 tsp parsley
  9. 1/4 tsp basil
  10. 1 tsp oregano
  11. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  12. 1/4 tsp celery salt
  13. 1/2 tsp sugar
  14. salt & pepper to taste
Amanda's Daily Dish