One of the great things about working,in my day job,with people who make lovely food is that I get to taste it and also get to be a part of thinking about new products and new recipes.
What could be better?
So when the team at Peters Yard were getting together for our 2013 planning day I thought I’d try an idea I’d been toying with for some time.
Chocolate dipped crispbread. Yes really.
Now Peters Yard are no ordinary crispbread. They are made to an artisan Swedish recipe with sourdough starter and simple ingredients. The taste [...]
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A few weeks ago there was a knock at the door on Saturday afternoon….who could it be? Too late for the postman,no guests expected….I sent lovely husband to find out,just in case it was a salesperson ;o
It was the next door neighbour with a plastic tub and a piece of paper and muttering something about Herman…..husband,I believe,looked bemused so she said ‘give it to Linda she will know what Herman is’and thrust the box and paper into his hands.
And so it came to pass that we were the recipients of a Herman the [...]
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A little while back I set a sourdough starter running. The first ten days to two weeks you are just supposed to leave the mix of flour water and grapes to get on with doing its own thing although the urge to peek,tweet and blog about progress got the better of me. In the process I experienced the joys of seeing the starter come to life and also its unique and pungent smell!
After 10 days it was time then time to start the daily feeding routine. This involves feeding the starter twice daily with flour and water. [...]
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Ahhhhhh its barbecue time of year and barbecue kind of weather:smell the grilling food,hear the chink of glasses,the laughter,the fun,the delicate aroma of firelighters,the burnt food,the lobster tinged neighbours. England,the summer.
But it’s be a shame not to join in with at least some of this,right? Correct. Here’s the easy chicken (well poussin actually) we did last night:2 poussin butterflied (dead simple this,lie it breast bone down,hold the parsons nose,cut along either side of the backbone and remove,flip it over,press down firmly on the breast [...]
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On Sunday Monday I finally decided to make a sourdough starter. It takes FOUR weeks of patient waiting and ‘feeding’before you get to make a loaf.
Blimey. I’m not a patient person so each time I pass I have to try very hard to resist taking a peek to see what’s happening under the lid. Sometimes I just manage to leave it alone others I succumb. So I thought I’d share these peeks with you so you too can live the joys and worries of making sourdough. I’ll keep updating this post so come back if you want to [...]
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I love sourdough bread in all its varieties and I’ve always quite fancied making it myself. Looking around some of my favourite food blogs recently I saw that sourdough is of those things people are trying out –maybe its the credit crunch that makes us all want to bake bread,I don’t know,but it certainly seems to be on the rise (!).
A bit of looking about,a bit of tweeting and it seemed that the king (and queen) of sourdough recipes comes from Sam and Sam Clarks ‘Moro’cookbook. It doesn’t seem hard (or maybe it is [...]
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