Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Rosemary Focaccia

_DSC0294OK, the word ‘Rosematic’ is currently not in the dictionary. Of course not, I made it up. My neighbor friend has a rosemary plant and I sent my husband to collect some for focaccia. You see the dramatic aroma and flavor enhancing power that rosemary plants add? _DSC0372 I don’t want to brag but I am hardly able to do multitasking yet I desired to have bread for last week’s watermelon soup at the same time. I saw hundreds of focaccia recipes on other food blogger sites, but simultaneously taking the process pictures of two dishes creates chaos. Easing the confusion by making in the bread maker is way to go.._DSC0375


Equipment: bread maker, rimmed cooking sheet 12-1/4 in by 8-3/4 in, or two 9 inch round cake pans, parchment paper to fit bottom of pan(s), pastry brush

  • Bread flour or all-purpose flour 4 and 1/4 cup
  • Yeast 1 Tablespoon
  • Sugar 2 Tablespoons
  • Salt 2 teaspoons
  • Olive oil 1/4 cup plus more for brushing later, 2-3Tablespoons 
  • Cold water 350ml (approx. 1-1/2 cup)
  • Fresh rosemary 2-3 stems, snip, roughly chopped leaf parts only_DSC0377
  • Coarse sea salt (sea salt flakes if you have it) about 1 teaspoon
  1. Put flour in the bread maker pan. Make well in the center of flour and bury the yeast there.
  2. Add rest of ingredients except coarse sea salt. Select ‘dough’(raise once) menu then start
  3. Place dough on the prepared cooking sheet. Punch down the dough then cover with plastic paper and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Stretch the dough to fit in the pan. Make depressions with your finger. Brush all over the top with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Scatter some rosemary leaves on top if desired.
  5. Cover with plastic paper or moist towel. Raise for 40 minutes.
  6. Heat oven to 380F. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.Serve with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Buon Appetito!

_DSC0288I took some focaccia to neighbor as a way to say “thank you”. She liked it but told me that she prefers more robust Rosematic, I mean rosemary flavor. _DSC0266

Around the neighborhood… Our neighborhood gets high ‘walkability’ scores. A stroll through the neighborhood on a pleasant evening is a blessing._DSC0339Here birdy, here birdy!. _DSC0340Here kitty, here kitty…This cat is not overly friendly but stayed put until we took the picture – this is the cat’s good side._DSC0353In our old house we had this mysterious plant. It grew taller than this. Aren’t the leaves huge?_DSC0348_DSC0341_DSC0345_DSC0363Molly, Molly? She was pre-occupied with other dog._DSC0366Simply gorgeous dahlia in bloom!_DSC0370

Fellow food bloggers are often inspiring and far- reaching too because of their greatness. I tried this recipe from uTry it, her photos are way better…so awestruck._DSC0336Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade from Gourmand in the Kitchen._DSC0398

It was so nice of my friend to stop by with the berry- jello-mousse she made. I dressed it up for a photo shoot. Abundance of fruits in season, one of many reasons I like Summer. _DSC0383

We helped with our 16 year-old neighbor’s Eagle Scout project –making three picnic tables - last Saturday. Nice looking finished projects if only I hadn’t forgot to take pictures.IMG_0542IMG_0543

My husband is still playing with new camera feature- minatureing (this is not a word either. I’m so not good with the game of Scrabble). Hey those cars look like toys!_DSC0332_DSC0331




  1. Focaccia is a favorite of mine. Yum.

    Question: Hey Akemi, do you ever get older looking?

    Answer: NO!!

    1. I agree with you...that question also crossed my mine....to think that she actually got two beautiful grandchildren...how did she managed that??

    2. Thank you Leanne and Anne. You two are so kind!

  2. Thank you so much for trying the fruit tart! Yours came out lovely and very beautiful! Well done. And I love Rosemary Focaccia! Thanks for reminding me to make some again soon. How lovely your neighbor share the rosemary with you. You're in a lovely neighborhood too. Gorgeous flowers and blooms! I'm going to check out the other recipes that you've tried. They looks awesome too. :) Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you Amy. And thanks again for your recipe. My husband and guests liked it very much.

  3. What a beautiful presentation! The focaccia looks so appetising and so perfect! I have never made focaccia in my life, so now I know where to look for a reliable recipe. I bet it would be great with some mini dried tomatoes inside ;-)
    Your tart looks as beautiful as Amy's! You are both so gifted with dexterity and attention to details...

    1. Thank you so much! I know! I'm going to make the mini dried tomatoes next time. I can't wait for my tomatoes to get ripe. Meanwhile, I would love to make your strawberry mousse.

  4. Sounds delicious. I'd like some right now please. And that tart too!
    I can't believe we still haven't figured out what that plant is. :)

    1. Thank you Mariko. The tart was awesome! I will make you one someday.

  5. Homemade focaccia 美味しそう!私もパン作り早くしたいです。秋ころから子供が学校に行ってる間に頑張ります。AmyのTartのポストを最近見ました。早い!素敵です。ベリーが日本は高いので、ベリーのケーキやお菓子(いやフルーツそのままでも)食べたいです・・・。

    1. ありがとうなみちゃん。すごいねなみちゃん。アニメ映画にもcontribute するなんて。 ギャラたくさんもらった? お話あっちから来たの? かっこいい! そろそろ日本から戻ってるかしら?

  6. unfortunately my rosemarry plant just wilted, dried and died....
    don't u think i should halved the rosemarry since i use the dried form???