Advent: Calming, Preparation, Sharing and Celebration – Cheese Spotted Spelt Focaccia

“Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Luke 6:38, Bible

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Sundays have always been family days in my childhood home, even more so around the time of Advent. The Latin word Advent means, “arrival, coming”, referring to the four weeks before Christmas that are the time of preparation and hope, waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and for His second time of glory.Where there is internal preparation, spending more time with observing what our life is like, who is in our life and why, family relationships become deeper and more respectful. Family Christmas customs range vastly, but by thinking of the season as preparation for the magic, the month reveals additional ways to adore and welcome. Beliefs are different, and although not all sees God and Christ in Christmas, all should see its ultimate message: calm down together with all loved ones, forgive, love and give thanking for the presence of life. Only so, Christmas gives its true gifts to celebrate.

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He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.” Hebrews 6:10, Bible

Focaccia is excellent sharing bread for serving with any meal on celebration events, parties, and is really easy to make. When created from spelt, the bread will have a more natural look, an almost beige interior. The taste and the scents filling a house are what really make a space to become a home.

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Ingredients
300 grams spelt flour
1 teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
15 g fresh yeast
200 ml warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
Dried chilli
Fresh green pepper
Nigella seeds
Cheese cut into small cubes

Method
In a large bowl, sift in the flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Make a little well in the center and slowly incorporate the water and 1 tablespoon of olive oil by hands until it will lose most of it’s stickiness. Add chilli, onion seeds, chopped green pepper, then transfer to a board and knead very briefly to form a smooth ball. Place this in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap – leave in a warm place to double in size.
When doubled, knock back, place on baking paper and using hands and fingers push the dough to form a rough oblong shape. Put this on a tray, dimple the surface with fingertips then dot the top with the cheese. Place this in a warm place to rise again for about 30-45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Sprinkle the bread with a little salt and cook for 25- 35 minutes or until the bread is golden and feels cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.

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“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.” Psalm 37:21, Bible

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