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16 September 2017

September 2017 posts


Saturday, 16 September 2017
Almost-wild Very (very) Light Rye (BBB September 2017)
summary: BBB Swiss Rye Ring (and boule) based on a recipe by Stanley Ginsberg; trying to use wild yeast instead of commercial yeast; creating a rye starter using Jane Mason’s method; creating scary rye alcohol in solid brick-like form; ears! we see ears; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Saturday, 16 September 2017
Who says we don't have enough sun?
summary: our mostly shady garden; branching out into the sunny lane; Swiss chard, garlic, sunflowers; “Orange Appeal” blurb;

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Have you ordered your copy of Jamie's and Ilva's book yet?

Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta,
(Gibbs Smith Publishing)


27 August 2017

August 2017 posts


Sunday, 27 August 2017
Chilis!! Get yer red hot chilis here!
summary: great neighbours; peach salsa; excerpt from ‘Kitchens of the Great Midwest’ by J. Ryan Stradal; chili syrup for ice cream; hot red chilis!

Friday, 25 August 2017
Jamie's Orange Ice – Garnished with Fresh Mint
summary: delicious orange ice, based on Jamie Schler's recipe for Orange Mint Granità in her lovely just published cookbook "Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet" that is now available for purchase;

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Wordless Wednesday: two loaves of Tartine Bread
summary: two loaves of Tartine bread – one baked in makeshift cooker using a cast-iron pan and a large stainless steel mixing bowl, the other in Le Creuset; how do you spell “oven-spring”? – a Wordless Wednesday post

Saturday, 19 August 2017
Ah! Comfort Food – Coffee Crusted Pork
summary: rereading past issues of SAVEUR Magazine; discovering missed recipes like coffee crusted beef tenderloin; taking comfort; cats are funny creatures;

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Lost in Translation with Tutmanik and Sirene (BBB August 2017)
summary: тутманик с Готово Тесто (Tootmanik s Gotovo Testo – Tutmanik with Ready-made Dough); attempting the impossible; experiment with wild yeast; over-rising; hazards of adjusting the recipe too much; fun with shaping; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Thursday, 10 August 2017
2nd Try at Jane Mason Sourdough: Sudden Change of Direction
summary: second try at making Jane Mason Sourdough Bread: Fail!; new pet refuses to play; learning patience; getting inspired by "Taste of Persia" by Naomi Duguid; there's a reason for eating by candlelight; khinkali stuffed with mushrooms to the rescue; great new condiment: ajika; reminiscing about "Anything Can Happen" by Papashvily;

Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Tartine Bread: 3rd time's the charm (and 4th and...)
summary: recipe for Tartine Bread; 3rd try is the charm; only major change was to use Jane Mason's starter; how freeing it is to not have anything to toss away; too many pictures to choose from; joys of having happy pets;

Saturday, 5 August 2017
Wordless Not-Wednesday: who needs Le Creuset?!
summary: Chad Robertson's Tartine bread risen with Jane Mason natural starter (wheat); we don't have a cast-iron Combo-Cooker or Le Creuset; make-shift cooker using a cast-iron pan and a large stainless steel mixing bowl; let parchment paper be your friend; talk about oven spring!; 6th try at Jane Mason bread just as successful with all-purpose flour; sneak peak at Fesanjun; a Wordless Not-Wednesday post;

Thursday, 3 August 2017
5th try lucky!
summary: recipe for Jane Mason Wild Bread; 5th try at making not-sour bread using the Jane Mason's liquid levain; trying a different bread recipe, based on one in "Homemade Sourdough" by Jane Mason; using stronger flour; kneading with 'slap and fold' and 'stretch and fold' techniques; overnight refrigeration of shaped bread;

Wednesday, 2 August 2017
4th Try at Mason Bread – such high hopes...
summary: Fourth try at making Wild Bread, based on a recipe in "All You Knead is Bread" by Jane Mason; adding the float test didn't help; how to know when to shape; how we react under duress, continuing the search for not-sour sourdough but seriously contemplating conceding defeat;

Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Essential Equipment for Bread Baking – Revised
summary: Danish dough whisk; flexible silicone lids; digital scales; revised notions of essential equipment for bread making;