FROM THE LAND OF THE PHARAOH’S: EGYPTIAN SEMIT BREAD
If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting the nation of Egypt, you know of the incredible beauty this ancient land possesses. Of course if you were there, you also had some delicious food. The Egyptian diet is one of unadulterated freshness and I think they actually have some of the best desserts in the world.
When it comes to food staples in Egypt (and really anywhere in the Middle East), bread is a staple. You will find a plethora of breads ranging from flat breads to loaf breads but one bread which is a national treasure is called Semit. It is baked into individual loaves and goes perfectly with anything – including eating it on its own, which I often do.
As opposed to many breads of this ilk, this one does have a few more ingredients and it is these ingredients which give the bread its wonderful texture. To be authentic, you would top this bread with poppy seeds. You can also use sesame seeds or if you prefer no seeds at all, use some coarse salt (which would be nomad style).
This is a yeast risen bread, so there are a few rising periods. There is no need to watch the bread while it rises, so go ahead and continue with your daily activities.
EGYPTIAN SEMIT BREAD (makes 8 pieces, depending on size):
Ingredients needed to make Egyptian Semit Bread:
1 ¼ cups hot milk 1 ¼ cups warm water 2 Tbs. lard 2 Tbs. butter 2 ½ Tbs. sugar 1 Tbs. salt 1 ½ Tbs. dry yeast 7 cups all-purpose flour 1 egg yolk, beaten 1 Tbs. cold water ¼ cup poppy seeds
1) In a large bowl, whisk together the hot milk, ¾ cup warm water, lard, butter, sugar and, salt. Set the bowl aside. 2) In a small bowl, whisk the remaining water and yeast. Set the bowl aside 10 minutes for the yeast to proof (foam). 3) Whisk the proofed yeast into the milk mixture. 4) Stir in the the flour to make a stiff dough. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest 10 minutes. 5) Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead 10 minutes. 6) Place the dough back into the bowl, cover, place in a warm area and let rise 2 hours. 7) Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead the dough 5 minutes. 8) Divide the dough into 8 portions and roll each portion into a 7-inch rope of about ¾-inch thick. 9) Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper or a silicon sheet. 10) In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk and cold water (this is an egg wash). 11) Place the breads onto the prepared baking sheet(s) and brush each with the egg wash, followed with a sprinkling of poppy seeds. 12) Let the breads rise 1 hour. 13) Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees. 14) Place the breads into the oven and bake 10 minutes. 15) Reduce the heat to 350 and bake 20 minutes or until golden. 16) Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. **If using 2 baking sheet, switch their position mid-way during each baking process**
Soooo in your headcanon, how many kids do you think Zuko and Katara have? How many boys and girls? Names? And who's a fire bender and water bender and maybe a non bender?
So, I’ve done these two posts (Post 1, Post 2) about the steam babies, but now I have a slightly altered headcanon forming, so I’m gonna do it again:
Their first little bundle of joy came two years into their marriage, when Zuko was 23 and Katara was 21. It wasn’t something they exactly planned for, they just never bothered with protection and they promptly fell asleep after the act, so the usual round of contraceptive measures went forgotten. When Katara woke up the next morning, with Zuko still on top of her, dead to the world, she shoved him off and rushed to the kitchen. The stewardess who always prepared that perfect blend of tea had a cup ready for her, but said it was likely too late.
Sure enough, Katara’s next cycle never came and eight months later, a little bundle of joy enters the world. They name her Kya.
She looks very much like Zuko: golden eyes, raven hair, sharp, angular features as she ages— though her skin is slightly darker like her mother’s and she also has Katara’s signature waves.
She has her mother’s softness and smile about her.
Personality wise, Kya behaves quite a bit like Zuko. She’s wry, a little hot headed, and of course, easily flustered. Like her mother, she has a very strong affinity for helping those in need.
She spends her summers (when school is out of session) helping Katara at the local hospitals and she volunteers with Zuko at animal shelters.
She is a firebender, with every bit of her father’s talent and dry wit, and she also takes up hand-to-hand combat.
She never really had a taste for swordsmanship, but she does have a knack with fans, thanks to her Aunt Suki.
Additionally, Kya learned medicinal healing from her mother and learned to read people’s energies with her firebending.
On top of all that, Kya excels in history and social justice courses, which shapes her into quite the inspiring heir and future Fire Lord. Her intelligence and passion are what eventually catch the eye of a young earthbender, who she is introduced to by Grandpa Iroh (always the meddler) during a visit to the Jasmine Dragon.
Just a year later, the two marry in the Earth Kingdom when Kya is twenty five (’Very, very young,’ Zuko said, until she sassed him about getting married when he was twenty).
Finally, when Kya is thirty five, Zuko abdicates the throne and she becomes the greatest Fire Lord in the history of Fire Lords and has two lavababies (that’s what I’m calling the fire and earth babies) that Zuko and Katara love as much as they love her.
Just two years after Kya, comes a boy. This time they were actually trying, and Zuko was desperately hoping for another girl, but was super thrilled when he had a son because ‘maybe this one will like swords and stuff.’ They name him Ezra.
He’s a sweet-natured little kid, with a whole lot of Katara, Sokka, and Hakoda in his features. Dark skin, blue eyes, wildly wavy hair. They literally refer to him as Sokka’s Mini Me because he looks just like him.
Ezra is a nonbender, though neither parent is disappointed by this. Instead they each take time to teach him some of their skills outside of bending.
Zuko trains him with dual swords, broad swords, and even small knives until the kid is basically a deadly weapon himself. Katara teaches him about healing, like she did with Kya, but she also shows him some hand-to-hand combat that is adapted from waterbending.
Like I said before, his personality is very sweet and quiet. He’s a bit softspoken, though not afraid to speak his mind when he feels someone has been wronged.
And he’s an actual genius - very, very skilled with mathematics and science… which Sokka just dies over.
Ezra spends much of his teenage years with Sokka in Republic City, and eventually designs the entire rail system for the city. He also establishes greener energy initiatives in the Fire Nation and other parts of the world.
It’s actually in Republic City that Ezra grows very close to one of Aang’s daughters, and he proposes to her by blurting out that he’s going to marry her (much like his father did with his mother).
When Kya is crowned as the official heir (probably when Ezra is around 20 and Kya is 22), he marries his fiancee. They take up a semi-nomadic life style, with their home base being Republic City. Though, they spend their winters in the Fire Nation.
Also, he has three children - two firebenders and an airbender.
Finally… after Kya and Ezra and much swearing that they are done with babies (but obviously not done having lots of sex)… Katara learns she’s pregnant again. Only, this time, she’s growing a lot faster and a lot larger than her previous pregnancies, and Zuko, with a look of horror, asks the doctor if it could be twins. The doctor does an exam, and sure enough, Katara’s carrying two little steambabies and Zuko promptly faints.
He does not, however, faint when the two princes come along: First up, is Lee.
He is born exactly three minutes before his brother and six years five months after Ezra, leaving his thirty-two year old father in disbelief that he has to do the whole newborn thing again after all this time.
What makes it all worth it thought, is Lee looks exactly like Katara, and Zuko loves this because he thinks his wife is much prettier than himself.
Lee is a waterbender. Katara is over the moon (lol) about that. She rubs it in Zuko’s face (playfully) that her element finally won out and she literally hogs Lee during the afternoons and evenings to train him.
Of course, Zuko steals him away when he has breaks between meetings and helps him master dual swords.
For his personality… Sweet Agni, Lee is a firecracker. He is their biggest troublemaker, but because he’s one of the babies, he gets away with it all. This makes his siblings very annoyed even though they are frequently getting into trouble with him.
And true to his troublemaker personality, Lee finds Zuko’s Blue Spirit mask (when he’s a teenager) and takes up that disguise to run around Caldera City busting criminals.
When Zuko finds out, they agree to keep it a secret, though Zuko makes a decree that any and all Blue Spirit activity has his stamp of approval.
And finally, Lee comes out to his parents as gay in his late teens. Katara smiles knowingly and Zuko immediately declares gay marriage as legal across the Fire Nation.
Lee ends up falling for a young man in the Fire Nation army in his late twenties. And with his parents’ blessing, the two marry and adopt two girls from an Earth Kingdom orphanage and Fire Nation orphanage, respectively. They live together on Ember Island and Lee never gives up his nights as the Blue Spirit.
And lastly, the final twin, named for his departed Uncle, Lu Ten.
He looks just like Lee; they are identical twins, after all. The only stark difference is Lu Ten’s gold eyes and his fire bending.
He struggles with the element quite a bit, and because of this, Lu Ten lacks the confidence of his other siblings.
At first, Zuko is a fearful that by training him, he’ll come across as harsh or disapproving like his own father, but Katara gives him the soft encouragements that he needs.
When he turns thirteen, Zuko repeats the journey to the Sun Warriors, taking Lu Ten with him and introducing him to the Dragon Masters. While Lu Ten already knew the truth behind firebending, meeting the dragons provides him with the inspiration he needs to keep at his training and try a few different approaches.
Lu Ten begins working with Katara, learning waterbending forms to use with his firebending, and he finds this style to be much more for him. He ends up being very adept with a rare form of firebending, one that only comes from mixed lineage (*cough* Roku *cough*)— lavabending!
He finds it quite fun to put a literal spin on the “Don’t touch the ground, it’s lava” game that he plays with Lee and Ezra.
As Lu Ten grows up, he realizes his calling isn’t to follow in his siblings’ footsteps of getting married and having children, but to join the United Forces and help keep peace around the world. Plus, he’s a total lady’s man, and thinks it would be unfair to women everywhere if he were to put himself on lockdown.
In the United Forces, Lu Ten rises quickly throw the ranks, until he reaches the position of General. He only steps down when his nephew, Iroh II, is offered the position.
my dream team that marvel would never do because they're boring and predictable, is have Sam take up the shield and be Cap while Steve is gone, and then have Steve and Bucky both be Nomad-type heroes that secretly back Sam up on missions while they're hiding from the government
LITERALLY THIS IS ALL I WANT, THIS IS THE STORY WE DESERVE!!! It would be good for so many reasons, for example
Steve wouldn’t be dead. Killing off main characters for shock value is not shocking when a. everyone and they mama already thinks it’s what you’re going to do, and b. every writer ever seems to think it’s groundbreaking and earth shattering as a plot device. It’s not, it’s boring.
Bucky wouldn’t be cap. Hear me out - Bucky as Cap right now doesn’t do him justice. Poor guy hates himself, blames himself for the hell he was put through, doesn’t trust himself or his own mind. Bucky needs to see himself as good, before he’s put in a suit and made to live up to Steve’s image and carry on Steve’s legacy. Let him be a hero in his own right, don’t just have him be Cap, it’s weak, you can tell a better story.
Sam would be Cap. Imagine how fucking stoked young black kids would be to go to an Avengers movie or a Cap movie and see someone that looked like them as Captain Freaking America? Imagine the Uncle Sam jokes he could make. Imagine seeing Cap jump out of a plane without a parachute and it not being reckless bc he can still use the Falcon wings. Just imagine the possibilities.
Steve Rogers saying fuck you, not today, to government after it’s done nothing but screw him over for 70 years is what we deserve. It would also make sense as a follow on from Civil War if we’re having to accept it as canon. He was so against the accords, against government control, against being told where and when he can help, so why not have him be a hero without a country. Why not have him help where he wants and where he can as a vigilante of sorts.
Steve and Bucky living on the down low, healing together, figuring out who they really are together, after everything that’s happened to them, fighting side by side? Yes please and thank you, it’s the content we deserve.
Sam and Steve and Bucky being the ultimate dream team, but no one knowing so Sam gets all the credit and Steve and Bucky not minding but Bucky being snarky about it just out of tradition.
Listen. Nomad Style Steve and Bucky with Cap Sam is such a good concept, would be such a strong story, would be so interesting to watch and also for Chris, Seb and Anthony to play, can Marvel just fuckin do it adaiusijsin