Sunday, 27 January 2013
The handmade loaf.... continued
Since the demise of the Mellow Bakers challenge I have been wondering how to refocus this blog. I am not a good blogger, but fortunately I only have a few readers who seem to stick around despite the infrequency of my posts. I like my readers. I am a better home baker though these past few weeks may not bear witness to this. Baking once a week should not lead to the slight embarrassment of running out of.... er... flour. Well, sort of.... There was some white left but not enough for a whole loaf so I cobbled together the dregs of some spelt and an 81% wheat flour and with a little love an attention produced a very tasty loaf. Sometimes it's nice to bake a loaf following the feel of it rather than rote use of a recipe. I think sourdough gives you a little more licence. Today I knocked out a cheese & herb loaf from Hadjiandreou's book. I used flat leaf parsley rather than coriander because I picked up the wrong bunch in the supermarket.... I know, I know.... and chopped red chillis because I had a surplus. The loaf is one of my favourites.
I have been thumbing through Dan's book and I have identified a dozen or so recipes I'd like to give a go over the next six months.
New Year resolutions have gone well. Day 25 and I still have not had a drink. This has been surprisingly difficult at weekends when I have missed a pint of real ale, but I am glad I have done It. My sleep has definitely been better. I have also been eating healthier and been exploring the 5:2 d.... d.... d..... No I can not use the d word.... Healthy eating plan. This seems to be very popular at present with many celebrity endorsements. Even my bro has been trying it. I like the science behind it and if it means I can still occasionally eat home-made onion bhajis or add butter to my dhals then I think it may be more than a fad. I will post more after I have given it three months.
Posted by ray@humblelentil at 23:02