Sunday, February 12, 2006

Dwarf Bread

I like Arabic bread, but there is a problem with it: it only comes in two sizes, small and gigantic. The small stuff is about 5 inches across, and generally has the flavour and texture of sweetish white fluff. The big stuff is close to a mile across and has a nice chewy texture but it would take us a week to get through a whole packet. So most of it generally languishes in the freezer for a while, or sometimes we save a bit of time and energy and bin it immediately.

A few days ago I thought I'd have a go at making some myself, with the intention of making medium-sized pieces. Hmm. Complete screw-up. I made authentic Dwarf Bread. Now if you're a fan of Terry Pratchett you'll have a good idea of what Dwarf Bread is about. And if you're not, why not? OK, the Dwarfs of the DiscWorldTM, have traditionally baked round flat bread that
a) you can eat, and
b) you can use as a weapon. It's rock-hard, and the perimeter can be sharpened to a lethal edge. That's what I made.

Oh, and by the way, did you know that Dubai has its very own Dwarf Bread Factory? It's in Al Quoz and it's called Strategic Foods. I don't know what they do exactly, but every time I drive past it my head fills up with thoughts of Dwarf Bread and other stuff that might be too dangerous to mention here.


Blogger CG said...

I know what you mean about the large and small (fluffy). BUT you can get the large in smaller size, just hunt a bit more. Next time I am in Choithrams I will check the bakery name on it. Then you can call the bakery and ask them when their van drives around to stop by to deliver some (they will).

1:55 pm  
Blogger Jin said...

Hmmmmm.......where's CMOT Dibbler when you need him? One of his sausages woulda gone nicely in your bread....... :-)

6:27 pm  
Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

hahaha lol well you can always stop by a pakistani chapati maker and ask for any size you like. ;) (I admit, an element of bias is involved here)

4:38 pm  
Anonymous Marc said...

Hi there, you can find medium-sized arabic bread from The Modern Bakery. The bag is yellow, and you find it at Choitrams or Union Coop.

2:15 pm  

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