Tag Archives: Food

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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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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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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Making Mozzarella

Mozzarella SaladLong time no post, I know. I think like every blogger I go through phases of creativity, and writing. Recently my writing has been papers and my thesis. For now back to bread etc, and specifically cheese. As a follow on to making ricotta we had a go at making mozzarella.

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Tortellini in the Snow

Finished tortellini

Finished tortellini

As many of you will know our little bit of England (Warwickshire) has had a fair amount of snow, so sporting alternatives have had to be devised. Making and stockpiling pasta turned out to be a great idea. On the menu was mixed mushroom tortellini, with extra garganelli.

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Richard Bertinet’s Fougasse

Hanging fougasse

Hanging fougasse

Time for a slightly more recent post. Fougasse. A very simple bread, with a lovely shape. Taken from Richard Bertinet’s book Dough, it uses the basic dough recipe, but makes an aesthetically beautiful loaf. For those who follow me on Twitter / Instagram then you will have seen some early pictures of this, and I can honestly say I enjoyed making this as much as I did eating it.

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Making Cheese

Ricotta?

Ricotta in the muslin cloth

A new year, new projects. This one is dedicated to my first attempt at making cheese. A long time ago I bought some vegetarian rennet with the vague idea of making cheese, but it never happened. As luck would have it for Christmas I received a cheese making kit from Claire’s parents. Here is the result.

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