Book Review: A Salad For All Seasons

A Salad For All Seasons

A Salad For All Seasons

I thought I would do a quick book review of my latest cookery book, a Salad for all Seasons by Harry Eastwood.

I found this book in Waterstones, in the seasonal cookery section next to all the BBQ books, and instantly liked the look of it. You know when you pick up a recipe book and flick through the pictures you can immediately tell if you are going to like it.

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Foray into Ultra Distance

Pre race team photo

Pre race team photo

I am still working on my thesis so minimal bread based posts, but I did take this weekend off for a race. Perhaps the only race planned for this summer, but what a race.

The 12 Labours of Hercules was unlike anything I have ever attempted before. Based on this weekend it won’t be the last time.

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Loaf in my Le Creuset

Loaf in Le Creuset

Loaf in Le Creuset

This bake was inspired by a photo on Instagram of someone using their Le Creuset casserole dish as a Dutch oven to bake a sourdough. This is not something I  had ever thought about doing, but it seamed like a really good idea. Turns out it was, and here is my story.

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Trieste and Napoli (Nespresso)

Arty design on the capsules

Trieste and Napoli capsules

Apologies for another coffee related post, but I am really into it at the moment. Whilst my other posts have focused on my Gaggia coffee maker I do have another a Nespresso Pixie which lives in my office. Hardly artisan coffee, but you know what? I really like it.

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Spiced Hot Cross Buns

Spiced toasted hot cross bun

Spiced toasted hot cross bun

I love bank holiday weekends, they are such a great opportunity for baking. What could be more topical than hot cross buns. Here is my recipe for a lovely spiced hot cross bun which I think really works. Based on a recipe on the Guardian I modified it to take into account what I had in the kitchen and other preferences.

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Tiger Sourdough

Tiger sourdough

Tiger sourdough

A bit of a first for me, tiger bread (a Dutch crust to some) but with a sourdough base. The fact it was sourdough is not so important, but personally I think this is one of the best loaves I have made in a long time. I also use a sourdough starter method which does not require a very active ferment, great for the occasional sourdough baker.

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Pain Viennois

Pain Viennois

Pain Viennois

This is actually my second attempt at making Richard Bertinet’s pain viennois. The first time I over cooked them, and got irrationally angry at them, because otherwise they were great and it was my ability to misread a simple instruction that messed it up. This time it worked out, and it was well worth it.

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Wholemeal Khorasan Boule

Wholemeal khorasan loaf

Wholemeal khorasan loaf

It has been a while since I have posted about a bread. Especially one where I have made up the recipe.

So here is one. A wholemeal and Khorasan loaf. This came out of discussing Khorasan with Han-Na, and I thought why not make one myself.

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Postal Treats (micropost)

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New Deliveries

Just a quick post from my phone about some new things that have arrived in the post. Expect full reviews in due time.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem – I love Plenty, so I am really excited about this.
Next the box of treats from CoffeeHit.

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Experiments in Coffee

New Coffee Grinder

New Coffee Grinder

I have always been a massive coffee fan, and a bit of a fanatic. So mix that with my scientific background and you get obsessive about these things. Something I have been meaning to get into is grinding my own beans, so at Christmas I bought a grinder and have been experimenting ever since. Here are some of the results.

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