Baking basic sourdough bread

Friends have asked and I have been working hard on the methodology as well as doing a course at a pro-bakery. As a result I have revised some old material about making basic and tasty sourdough bread at home. If a simple way to make tasty sourdough breads interests you then you can find [...]

2019-12-08T09:18:51-05:00Sunday, December 8, 2019|

Rising to the Occasion

Learning More About Bread I have been making most of our bread for over 30 years. Originally I used to use yeast as the raising agent but since Breadzilla (another post about her sometime in the future) came into my life a decade ago, gifted by an American colleague who really knows her [...]

2019-11-13T16:12:35-05:00Sunday, November 10, 2019|

On Meeting a Meatless Burger

Meatless Burgers - A Review A Service to our Readers There has been such a lot of talk and adverts for “plant based” faux-meat in the past weeks that we decided to give them a try. Firstly, I need to say that we are not burger eaters of any sort. Occasionally in a [...]

2019-06-24T07:14:52-04:00Monday, June 24, 2019|

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 [...]

2018-02-04T09:28:11-05:00Saturday, 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 [...]

2017-12-10T12:37:39-05:00Monday, December 4, 2017|

Flowers and insects

First week in June and things are going strong. Yesterday was a day of extreme rain and thunder around here so the mosquitoes are about this morning and roaming gangs. All that rain and a bit of heat today though has really spurred plants into growth. The vegetables are sootting up - first lettuces will [...]

2014-06-04T15:20:14-04:00Wednesday, June 4, 2014|

Planting Day

This year, being retired folks, we get to visit the garden centres a few days before the big Victoria Day Weekend and so have the choice pick of the plants without the awful crowds. Sheer bliss. It's an expensive way to garden, but the hanging baskets and window boxes are being prepared and the newly [...]

2014-05-15T15:19:31-04:00Thursday, May 15, 2014|

Garlic

The front garden (on a sunny slope, discretely positioned) garlic patch from this summer has been dug over, doubled in size, stirred and filled with composted stable manure, rained on a couple of times and tomorrow will be receiving its garlic bulbs ready for another bumper and tasty crop next summer. What with the trees [...]

2013-10-18T14:45:50-04:00Friday, October 18, 2013|

Buns

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

2013-09-23T08:06:12-04:00Monday, September 23, 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 [...]

2013-02-03T15:23:06-05:00Sunday, February 3, 2013|