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Fat free, vegan, sourdough banana and blueberry muffins – yes you can!

Fat free, vegan, sourdough banana and blueberry muffins – yes you can!

Posted on 15. Aug, 2015 by .

There are many things you can do with sourdough beside making bread.  Sourdough scones (recipe here), is one of the things we make a lot and recently we have been experimenting with sourdough muffins and sourdough "quick breads" or "tea cakes". Among the benefits of baking bread with sourdough is that the flour goes through […]

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Run a successful micro bakery today!

Run a successful micro bakery today!

Posted on 07. Aug, 2015 by .

One of the big ideas when the global HQ of Virtuous Bread was established back in January 2010 was that we needed support to change the world though bread.  As much as we were willing, we knew we could not do it on our own.  My friend Pete suggested we gather a "bread army" together […]

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Making bread in a wood fired oven

Making bread in a wood fired oven

Posted on 29. Jul, 2015 by .

Bustamente is a tiny town in the north of Mexico.  It has aspirations to be a "Pueblo Magico" - a "magic town" - a honour that is given by a national committee to towns that are either of great natural or architectural beauty, or historic importance or have lost of fun, high quality things to […]

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How do I get holes in my artisan bread

How do I get holes in my artisan bread

Posted on 07. Jul, 2015 by .

Holes are the holy grail of bread making for many and yet those pesky holes can be elusive.  There are various techniques you can follow to get the holes in your bread and in this post we will discuss your options. The five consistently necessary parts of achieving holes in your artisan bread are: 1. […]

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Simple recipe for “humish” – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Simple recipe for “humish” – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Posted on 07. Jul, 2015 by .

There are so many recipes for hummus (recipe for hummus) and most of them are fantastically easy and tasty.  I am no longer sure what authentic hummus is made of although garlic, chick peas, and tahini will always feature.  That is why I call this spread humish - it's like hummus, maybe it IS hummus […]

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Beautiful beetroot dip – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Beautiful beetroot dip – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

Beetroots are plentiful at any time of year and have the benefit of being inexpensive to buy and very easy to grow - even in pots!  This spread is bright wiath that fantastic purple beetroot colour and uses one of my favourite herbs of all time:  tarragon.  There are various types of tarragon (you can […]

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Bread rises to the top in a barter economy

Bread rises to the top in a barter economy

Posted on 29. Jun, 2015 by .

When I first set up Virtuous Bread in 2010 the world that I knew was not interested in barter economies.  There had been a crisis, for sure, but there was plenty of cash and in any case the mention of bartering, sharing, lending, common ownership and the whole idea of changing the world through bread […]

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Make a pledge to support local, delicious food and wonderful, friendly spaces

Make a pledge to support local, delicious food and wonderful, friendly spaces

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by .

A couple of weeks ago I visited Bread Angel Julia Farkas at the market in the grounds of Roehampton University where she sells her amazing bread to a growing number of students and staff of the university.  The market is in what looks like a walled garden where there are picnic tables, plants and trees, […]

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Delicious turkish flat bread in London

Delicious turkish flat bread in London

Posted on 19. Jun, 2015 by .

I went out for lunch yesterday with Chris Young from the Real Bread Campaign to discuss the order of the day for Uprising, the RBC conference in September.  We wandered past various restaurants and ended up at the food market in Whitecross Street which has a great range of fabulous food (to eat there, rather […]

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Simple and delicious smoked salmon pate – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Simple and delicious smoked salmon pate – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Posted on 08. Jun, 2015 by .

Smoked salmon is one of life's luxuries, that is true.  Did you know, however, that you can get packaged "scraps" of smoked salmon for far less than the full slice, separated by sheets of plastic, smoked salmon?  It's true!  And whilst you cannot elegantly lay them over pieces of pumpernickel, you can scramble them into […]

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