Rome – Not Built In a Day

– but not a bad start. Us aged and vulnerable people have taken our first couple of local excursions since lock-down in the past two or three weeks. A couple of OK meals that leave you longing for something special – at least more special than you can make yourself at home. My baking mate, […]

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It’s the Ingredients

What it is to have your own cheese-maker on hand! And not just any old cheese-maker. Carrie Rimes makes amazing ewe’s milk yoghurt and a selection of cheeses including the prize winning soft Brefu Bach. So I nurture her: One pot of her yoghurt fuels two Beetbrots and two Chleb Bezkidzki’s. Yes, one of each […]

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Mick & Sue’s Big Adventure

The last time Sue and I went anywhere was to Liverpool in February 2020 (with the exception of Covid jabs, GP appointments and minimal trips to the local Tesco Express). We once took the bus all of the four miles to Bangor to get my eyes tested. Fortunately we met a friend there who whisked […]

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Dydd Dewi Sant 2022

Ist March – Saint David’s Day once again New version of Focaccia Dewi Sant this year. 400g 80% hydration dough, a mere 24 hours old, pressed and stretched in a 20cm square tin. Who needs Caerffili cheese when we have our own Cosyn Cymru Olwyn Fawr cut in small cubes, scattered and pressed into the […]

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Of Saints & Beetroot

Aren’t you supposed to have a gentle day on a Monday if you are retired (and tired) and there are no great committments and there’s practically a full week before your income tax returns have to go in? That was the intention but (bread) jobs started to line up right from the git-go. First and […]

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Pot Black (lid Yellow)

This stylish black ceramic casserole with its sweet yellow lid was part of my Christmas present from Sue. I’ve always had a weakness for ceramic pots that can be used directly on a gas hob – the food cooks differently and more gently – flavours seem to be richer and more rounded. Here’s a few […]

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1st 100% Rye in the Pico

100% wholemeal rye is strange, primeval, wonderful stuff. It doesn’t seem to have any connection with wheat bread and, in my book, it’s a mistake to try to treat it as though it does. I developed my own baking method years ago: very hot oven for 15 minutes followed by 45 minutes moderate heat, then […]

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3 Kings Bread

Every five years, just after New Year, I think, “When’s Epiphany?” and then, “Rosca de Reyes!” and then, “Is it Mexican or Spanish?” and then “Which book does it come from?”. Just look at this post from January 2017. The situation is exactly the same this year. I write out the formula OK and think […]

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christmas: the last two slices

A couple of years back my Christmas bake looked like this. This year I baked two Brioche de Noel and two Torth Nadolig. One of each went to friends and this is what remains. They both lead a double life. On the right, Brioche de Noel which in other circumstances features as Brioche Provencale. A […]

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Sausage +garlic

Lunch Monday before Christmas? Dough already in the fridge 36hrs? Three spare sausages looking for a role (or a roll)? Gotta be Peter Reinhart’s Garlic Lovers Italian Sausage – deep pan pizza. 300C top and bottom, 17 minutes 35 seconds.

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