Archive for November, 2015

Baking sourdough bread in a casserole dish

Baking sourdough bread in a casserole dish

Posted on 22. Nov, 2015 by .

I frequently make no-knead, crusty artisan bread.  In fact, it's so popular I bake it at least once a week and, but for the lack of more (extraordinarily expensive) cast iron casserole dishes, I would bake more at a time. The other day, I was proofing two 100% wheat sourdough loaves in bannetons.  It was taking […]

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The easiest recipe for marmalade in the world

The easiest recipe for marmalade in the world

Posted on 15. Nov, 2015 by .

When my husband's father died we bought a tree to commemorate his life.  Enrique wanted a fruit tree because his father had always provided for them and so we bought a kumquat tree and as the little fruits have ripened I have put them in the freezer, waiting until I had enough to make marmalade. […]

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The Easy Entrepreneur Tip Two:  It’s easy if you love it

The Easy Entrepreneur Tip Two: It’s easy if you love it

Posted on 10. Nov, 2015 by .

Running your own business is easy if you love it. I will go one step further:  you have to love it or you won't do it. Running a business is one of the most difficult things you will ever do: 1.  The time it takes out of your life is never ending. 2.  You work […]

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The Easy Entrepreneur Tip One:  Anyone can do it

The Easy Entrepreneur Tip One: Anyone can do it

Posted on 08. Nov, 2015 by .

Do you want to set up your own business?  Here is the thing:  you can.  Anyone can.  Housewives and stay at home dads, carers, retired people, school children, people looking to change career or start a career or learn a bit extra:  men and women of any age can set up a business.  You do […]

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Why should I soak seeds and grains before I bake bread?

Why should I soak seeds and grains before I bake bread?

Posted on 05. Nov, 2015 by .

Soaking things in water before cooking and baking with them is an oddly important tradition for many people in many parts of the world.  Certainly, in Germany, where my mother is from, you would never get seeds or grains in bread that had not been soaked first.  I do know know why it is not […]

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Easy rye bread recipes

Easy rye bread recipes

Posted on 05. Nov, 2015 by .

It's fantastic that more and more people are becoming hip to rye bread.  Rye is tasty, good for you, provides a welcome alternative to wheat bread, and compliments certain food (smoked meat and fish, strong cheese) really well. The great thing is that baking with rye is really easy. There are a few characteristics of […]

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Should I eat lard?

Should I eat lard?

Posted on 04. Nov, 2015 by .

Those who know me know I am a huge fan of lard.   Lard is 40% saturated fat to butter's 50%.  So if you eat butter you really should also be eating lard with a certain amount of gay abandon, unless you have a religious reason not to, of course, or if you are a […]

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Simple recipe for delicious brioche

Simple recipe for delicious brioche

Posted on 03. Nov, 2015 by .

How do I make brioche? Making brioche is much easier than you would think.  It just takes time and a lot of energy.  Unless you have a machine and then it just takes time.  The trick is to knead the dough in two parts.  Here is what it looks like to do it in the […]

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When is my sourdough starter ready?

When is my sourdough starter ready?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2015 by .

Further to the post about sourdough starters being ready where there are photos and some marvellous commentary, here's the very short movie that actually shows sourdough starter being spooned from the bowl and dribbled into the water. Don't coax it to float.  Spoon the refreshed sourdough starter up and dribble it in the glass of […]

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