It all started with the bread. The freshly baked sourdough – crunchy on the outside, chewy & holey on the inside.
The daily bread
No, on second thought it started with the mushrooms – the giant flat mushrooms left over from a weekend event. Or was it the asparagus, freshly picked just a few [...]
One of my favourite movies of all time is Chocolat. It is one of the few non-kid DVDs that we own. The same goes for the book – I absolutely love it and it’s one of the few books I won’t give back to a charity shop. When much loved novels are made into movies [...]
Those of you with children will know how much fun it can be – NOT - to have your little ones accompany you to the supermarket. Aisles and aisles of tempting treats that turn kids into “I want” monsters. And I will admit that on far too regular a basis I find myself compromising and buying them [...]
The 2010 December Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie’s Baking. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make Stollen. She adapted a friend’s family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart’s book………and Martha Stewart’s demonstration.
My first experience with stollen, told in the style of Bridget [...]
I’m sure many of you either know firsthand or have heard that it’s cold here in the UK. Really, it is. It’s multiple layers, hat, scarf and gloves cold. I made the mistake of cycling to work the other day and by the time I arrived my hands were screaming in pain. There’s chaos on [...]
“You should try making this stuff.”
That one sentence – 6 simple words – set me off on my latest food obsession. It serves me right, I suppose. I was off in London at having a fabulous afternoon of food and photography (written up beautifully here by Jeanne, AKA Cooksister), leaving the man and the [...]
Exciting news: I have joined the Daring Bakers. Ok, it’s exciting for me! I know I’m a little late to the game but hey, I’m still quite new to this whole blogging thing. So with the eagerness reserved for all things new (and all things baking) I waited to see what the October’s (and my first) [...]
It has been said that life is a journey, not a destination. I like that – it makes one think of focusing more on just enjoying the day to day, rather than half killing yourself trying to achieve some goal that may end up changing anyway. Without getting overly philosophical I think the same could [...]
Last week over the course of 5 days I made 301 scones. Yes, you read correctly – three hundred and one. That’s a lot of scones. Is there any sort of advanced degree in scones on offer? If so, I think I deserve one! On one of those days I made 172 of the little [...]
I had a rare day to myself at home the other day. My plan was to go through an alarmingly large pile of post (mail) that was taking over my desk, write a blog post, and maybe do some cooking. Ok, not MAYBE do some cooking – that was a bit of a given. I [...]