Really Good Bread

We are in the depths of winter hereabouts so we are wandering off on a parallel path this week to talk about bread instead of gardens. The garden is under a couple of feet of snow and ice and there’s only so much you can say about feeder-birds to engage one’s audience. When I [...]

2018-02-04T09:28:11+00:00Saturday, February 3, 2018|

Shrubs for Mid-Winter

A Seasonal Service for our Friends That title is perhaps not entirely honest as the shrubs in question are not quite what you were expecting if you come here for gardening news. However, the Winter Solstice approaches, followed by Christmas and the New Year with all the jollifications those three dates imply … and [...]

2017-12-10T12:37:39+00:00Monday, December 4, 2017|

A nice cup of tea

In 1946, George Orwell wrote the following in the London Evening Standard.  I am with him all the way, and especially when it comes to the sin of putting sugar in your tea and the almost equivalent sin of not using skimmed milk:   If you look up 'tea' in the first cookery book that [...]

2015-02-05T18:15:32+00:00Thursday, February 5, 2015|

Modified Sourdough Bread Recipe

In England last week I happened across a book for sourdough bread bakers ("Do Sourdough - Slow Bread for Busy Lives" by Andrew Whitley who runs, quote, one of Britain's leading organic bakeries). What's nice about it is that the methods are born of real life commercial practice with a healthy leavening of serious science [...]

2014-11-04T18:18:14+00:00Tuesday, November 4, 2014|

Today in the garden – things are getting underway

After a day spent birding yesterday ( this day, Victoria Day in Canada, has been a day for baking sourdough breads and gardening. We have had some serious rain the last few days but finally it is warm and sunny and you can almost hear and see the flowers growing. This is what it's all [...]

2014-05-18T14:34:26+00:00Sunday, May 18, 2014|


As loyal followers are aware, we like baking ....

2013-09-23T08:06:12+00:00Monday, September 23, 2013|

A transformative experience

I read in the (Observer on-line) newspaper that "Sourdough-production is one of those kitchen routines that's somehow life-affirming and transformative" and also that, compared to mass-produced pap, "Sourdough, by contrast, is bread with immense character, with presence – bread with a point. And that's why I think you might want to have a go at [...]

2013-05-12T11:00:00+00:00Sunday, May 12, 2013|

Iranian bread (sort of)

We purchased an Iranian flat(ish) bread recently that was so excellent I tried to reproduce it.  What I managed to come up with - and this is a work in progress that has to be refined - was a perfect simulacrum of the original in all respects except that it was most decidedly not flat [...]

2013-02-03T15:23:06+00:00Sunday, February 3, 2013|

Christmas food highlights – part 1

Food is important and home made comestibles even more so ... a few highlights thus far have included: The Great Christmas Cake - the band on top have played there for decades and the design has never changed. All is well with the world. The Great Glazed Ham - this started the [...]

2012-12-25T14:05:08+00:00Tuesday, December 25, 2012|

Boeuf en croute

Today was the first day at work of the new year and not much happened other than everything got very cold as the temperature plummeted ... still very little snow though.  One small item of interest found in the press - you thought there was a recession on at the moment?  Wrong, sales of Bentleys [...]

2012-01-03T18:34:08+00:00Tuesday, January 3, 2012|