Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sourdough – Are We Nearly There Yet?

So I have taken a couple of weeks away from sour dough. For no real reason beyond I was growing tired of failure. So I decided to take a step back, regrow my passion and try again. That attempt happened today (well over the past day or so) – and I consider it a real step in the right direction.

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Just A Little Something (Poppy Seed Loaf)

So we have had a busy weekend away at my sisters wedding and didn’t get back until Sunday evening, so I wanted to make a little something to keep us fed until we had time to hit the supermarket. What better than a poppy seed loaf?

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Perfecting Croissants

Much like the previous pasta post I have tried to avoid reposting recipes, without at least some modification. Now thats all fair and well with bread, but croissants are perhaps my favourite breakfast snack, and perfect for a bank holiday monday. So time to repost my croissant recipe.

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Flavoured Pasta

I have previously written quite an extensive post about my pasta making exploits, so I have held of posting other pasta related posts, cos frankly they are all very similar. So I tried something different – flavoured (and coloured) pasta. I made three batches, one normal, one spinach and one tomato.

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Di Cooke 10m TT – 2012 Photos

So I was out supporting Claire at the Di Cooke 10m TT this afternoon. The course is a simple out and back on the K41/10, and features as one of this years women’s series. The conditions were, cold with a bit of wind, so not a fast day but nothing too apocalyptical (as with recent TT’s).

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Rye Rolls For Soup

As promised I am back on track with a bread related post. Not a sourdough post but some tasty little rolls for last nights soup. To give them a bit of depth they are mix of White and Rye flour. Also a perfect experiment for the newly repaired oven. I hope you would agree that the results are worth the effort.

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What’s Eating My Coriander?

Another non bread related post, but just a little on. Don’t worry I have more bread projects on the go, so expect more posts soon.

So I grow some of my own herbs, I have some in the greenhouse that are grown from seed and some on the windowsill. I have noticed recently that the ones on the windowsill are covered in little bugs – sort of flies and larvae. They live on the underside of the leaves, as you can see from the picture, but they will not die.

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Fixed Oven

World dullest post I know, but I have finally got around to fixing my oven. After the element blew in the main fan oven I have been restricted to baking in the less than spacious top oven.

So we ordered a new element, and as a treat a new thermostat, to try and regulate the temperature a bit better. Since purchasing an oven thermometer I have found the oven to thermostat to be about 60°C too hot, so the chance of having an accurate thermostat was really appealing.

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