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16 January 2018

January 2018 Posts


Tuesday, 16 January 2018
New Year's Challenge: Tartine Polenta Bread (BBB January 2018)
summary: recipe for Tartine Polenta Bread, based on a recipe in "Tartine Bread" by Chad Robertson; definition of corn; using millet in place of corn; following the book recipe produces Slack Bread – worse than the croc!; making my sister happy; importance of recipe testing; overwintering rosemary in an inhospitable climate; a Bread Baking Babes (BBB) project;

Monday, 15 January 2018
Wordless Not-Wednesday: Tortillas revisited
summary: we have a tortilla press; cooking corn tortillas is suddenly insanely easy; keep them warm in a lidded casserole dish so they continue to steam and stay soft and pliable.


Happy New Year All!



Monday, 1 January 2018
Happy 2018!
summary: Happy New Year!; Tartine Bread just keeps getting better; mussels inspired by a recipe in Jamie Schler's cookbook "Orange Appeal"; old Navel oranges still produce beautiful juice; lentil soup; lentils for fortune; in praise of Rachel Roddy;


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Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

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

29 December 2017

December 2017 posts


Friday, 29 December 2017
Good Non-Alcoholic Punch
summary: keeping Christmas traditions; Mum's poinsettia tablecloth; recipe for Not 7-Up "Green" – based on 7-Up Emerald Punch; non-alcoholic punch; "Merry Punch Bowl to You!"

Thursday, 28 December 2017
Sort of Wordless Not-Wednesday: Merry Christmas to Me!
summary: Because of the continued success of making Chad Robertson’s Tartine bread risen with Jane Mason natural starter (wheat), look at what I got for Christmas – a Lodge cast-iron Combo-Cooker!!; cast-iron might be heavy but it's the best no-stick pan; these pans are not just for camping; makes for best oven-spring; a Sort of Wordless Not-Wednesday post;

Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Christmas Bounty
summary: Happy Christmas; Oatmeal dressing (aka stuffing) is the best; what to do with leftovers; warm up by helping to feed/clothe everyone;

Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Better Late Than Never not-Champagne Babas (BBB December 2017)
summary: recipe for Champagne Babas; substituting more affordable sparkling wine from Argentina; using commercial yeast instead of wild yeast; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Monday, 18 December 2017
Tracking the other BBBabes
summary: The others have already baked this month’s recipe: Champagne Baba. But I am a laggard, trailing behind, catching glimpses of their footprints in the newly fallen snow. [...]

Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Reparations after Bread Wars
summary: effects of weather changes on bread made with wild yeast; bread wars; counter-intuitive behaviour; rescuing failures and turning them into major successes; Mock Monsieurs; Avocado Toast; Winning;


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Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

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