Archive for May, 2011

Chickens, kittens and eggs in a fine cosmic balance

Chickens, kittens and eggs in a fine cosmic balance

Posted on 27. May, 2011 by .

"Which chicken?" The characteristic I-swallowed-a-trombone-for-my-breakfast voice of Pete rumbled down the line. This was in response to the frantic "I killed a chicken and I am so sorry" message that I left earlier in the day. To be absolutely honest, that was not my message. My message went more like this: "Pete, it's Jane here.  […]

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The travelling bread oven takes up chicken sitting – with mixed success

The travelling bread oven takes up chicken sitting – with mixed success

Posted on 19. May, 2011 by .

Virtuousbread.com's travelling bread oven arrived in Firle, East Sussex yesterday to hold three days of baking classes at The Vicarage, thanks to my friend Pete the vicar who is away at the moment on his book tour.  In exchange for the run of the house and the fantastic oven, I was asked to feed the […]

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The world’s first sourdough hotel?  You have got to be kidding…

The world’s first sourdough hotel? You have got to be kidding…

Posted on 09. May, 2011 by .

I am laughing fit to burst.  The world's first sourdough hotel has opened up in Stockholm, Sweden.  You pay to have your dough fed!  Go on holiday: they feed your dough.  Go away for the week end:  they feed your dough.  Cannot be bothered:  they feed your dough. Scared it will die:  they feed your […]

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Cinnamon or Cardamom Buns

Cinnamon or Cardamom Buns

Posted on 09. May, 2011 by .

Cinnamon or cardamom Buns I am certain there are precise recipes for cinnamon buns.  However, if you bear in mind that the basic ingredients are bread dough, room temperature butter, brown sugar, cinnamon or cardamom and pecans (which are the only optional ingredient) you cannot go wrong.  If you want them less sweet, use less […]

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Teens love baking – it’s official – it’s “sick” (that’s a good thing…)

Teens love baking – it’s official – it’s “sick” (that’s a good thing…)

Posted on 03. May, 2011 by .

What to do with teens over a week end at the end of school holidays.  Been there, done that - nothing exciting to do ever again.  Mope Mope Mope Mope Mope - is anyone familiar with this story or is it just us? Last week end teen terrors were at their zenith - as were […]

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Seventh from The Italian Bread Project – Sourdough pane di Genzano

Seventh from The Italian Bread Project – Sourdough pane di Genzano

Posted on 03. May, 2011 by .

The Italian Baker by Carol Field just keeps on giving.  I have had a break from the Italian Bread Project for a few weeks but have come back to it after a discombobulating Easter and Royal Wedding double bill. Sourdough pane di Genzano is sensational.  Like all these bread recipes it turns out an incredible […]

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