Archive for 'International bread adventures'

English bakers delight Sardinians at the Sagra Del Pane festival

English bakers delight Sardinians at the Sagra Del Pane festival

Posted on 06. Jan, 2014 by .

Bread Angel Lisa Wilson and a group of volunteer angels returned from Sardinia late last year where they were baking at the annual Sagra Del Pane festival in Villaurbana, Sardinia.  Their floury activities were part of a cultural youth exchange run in conjunction with the British Council's Youth In Action Scheme.  Lisa reports back from a […]

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What to do in Philadelphia

What to do in Philadelphia

Posted on 12. Apr, 2013 by .

In a little deviation from bread, I just have to take a moment and tell you that I love Philly.  Philadelphia is simply a great town.  There is a ton of culture (galleries, live music venues, theatres, concert halls, art in public buildings), are wonderful restaurants (and plenty of room for more), plenty of history, […]

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Where to find the best bread in Zurich

Where to find the best bread in Zurich

Posted on 20. Jul, 2012 by .

On the “Gold Coast” of the Zurich See at the Zurich end, there is a neighborhood called Seefeld. Seefeld is the “expat” neighbourhood full of expensive boutiques, and exclusive cafes and restaurants.  At Seefeldstrasse 169, however, there is a rather old-fashioned-on-the-outside bakery/cake shop/cafe which bakes terrific bread. I had done a thorough search, of course.  […]

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Respectful address to the German bakers at their annual conference (extract from the speech)

Respectful address to the German bakers at their annual conference (extract from the speech)

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by .

Guten Morgen/Good Morning It is an honor to have been invited here today to talk to you about bread.  As a Canadian born, self taught, female baker living in London, it is daunting to speak to a room full of people who arguably bake the widest variety of some of the best bread in the […]

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Top “designer bakeries” worldwide

Top “designer bakeries” worldwide

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by .

The rise of the designer bakery Princi is a wonderful shop.  Whether in Italy or in London, the experience is wonderful: the products are excellent, the shops are beautiful, the staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and there is bake-o-tainment (bakers are baking in front of you) which is both visually and olfactorally stimulating.  Of course […]

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Baking with scalded flour

Baking with scalded flour

Posted on 12. Jun, 2012 by .

In Scandi-land there is a tradition of baking with "scalded" flour.  I have never come across this anywhere else but I can tell you that everyone should be doing it as part of their baking repertoire because it turns out gorgeous bread.  The crumb is soft and chewy as if there was a lot of […]

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Easy to make gazpacho using stale bread

Easy to make gazpacho using stale bread

Posted on 28. May, 2012 by .

Hot weather means it's time to eat gazpacho!  Contrary to popular opinion, gazpacho is not cold tomato soup.  It is bread soup, made with all the things a Spanish farmer would always have had in the larder, and the main event is stale bread. Spanish bread is extremely delicious and typically extremely dry.  My recipe […]

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The best tortas in Mexico require the best bolillos

The best tortas in Mexico require the best bolillos

Posted on 13. May, 2012 by .

What is a bolillo?  Simply put, it's a white bun.  What is a torta?  Simply put, it is a sandwich on a white bun. Tortas in Coyoacan, Mexico City But WHAT a white bun...and WHAT a sandwich.....Just like the little girl, when they are good they are very very good and when they are bad […]

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Making sourdough crackers at the Masai Mara in Kenya!

Making sourdough crackers at the Masai Mara in Kenya!

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 by .

Last year I had a lovely student named Tricia come to the sourdough class.  She wanted to learn sourdough because she lives for half the year on the edge of the Masai Mara and cannot  get good bread.  Nor can she always get yeast.  Nor is the electricity supply necessarily reliable.  The answer?  Sourdough! Tricia […]

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Eat like a king and learn to bake – visit Armenia!

Eat like a king and learn to bake – visit Armenia!

Posted on 07. Mar, 2012 by .

Last week in Armenia I went to many houses where the people could not have done more for me to help me learn about bread, cake, food, hospitality, and life in Armenia.  I was welcomed like a long lost daughter, was asked to stay the night (or the week) was fed until I nearly burst […]

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