I love the simplicity of bread. As in the ingredients. The process, not so much! (Although, the more I make bread the simpler the process gets, which is encouraging!) Baguettes are a great example of the simplicity of bread. This was surprising to me as I always thought they would be very difficult to make. … Continue reading 5 Great Baguette Making Tips
Perseverance in the face of failure is hard! Some things are easier to persevere in than others, but I guess if you practice in the small things in life, then you have the knowledge for when the big things hit. A small (but happily successful!) event involving squirrels got me thinking again about the effectiveness of … Continue reading Make Your Own Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder
I have been making normal loaves of bread for a while now (see my post Bring on the Bread!) so I felt I could tackle adding something else to bread...I wouldn't have attempted this a few months ago, but it can't hurt to try...! So, my mum kindly gave me this recipe for Beetroot Bread … Continue reading How to Make Beetroot Bread
I'm not a great writer of motivational speeches...But I am very keen on learning from other people. So this post is a collection of things I've found helpful when thinking about how to overcome the fear of failure. 1. "She/he who never made a mistake, never made anything." Someone once said this to me a … Continue reading 10 Great Quotes to Overcome the Fear of Failure.
There is something so therapeutic about gardening. I always feel strangely satisfied and calm whenever I have spent time in the garden, whether it's planting and weeding, or just having a look at how the plants are doing. I know I'm not alone in this feeling - fresh air, after all, is a well known … Continue reading 4 Great Herbs for Beginner Gardeners.
Sourdough bread is amazing! The unique thing about it is that instead of yeast it uses a starter, made from flour and water, to help it rise. But whenever I make sourdough, there is always a little bit of starter left over - it is fed and ready, but unused (sigh!). So my goal for #Sourdough … Continue reading How to Make Super Simple Sourdough Flatbread
I recently heard about Sourdough September. I came across it on Twitter and to be honest, a whole month celebrating the power of sour? Yum! I'm in. It's run by the Real Bread Campaign and it's based out of the UK. You can learn all about it on their website here. The idea is to raise awareness … Continue reading Sourdough September
Sourdough has nearly defeated me! That's probably good for this blog but not so great for my sanity. So, here are my top 8 tried (many times!) and tested tips for making sourdough bread without losing your mind! 1. Be prepared to try and fail. This may seem a defeatist first step (!), but when … Continue reading 8 Top Tips for Sourdough Success
Sourdough. It's hard! Many, many times I have worked for what has felt like days only to pull a shrunken, sunken concrete slab of 'bread' out of the oven, producing in me a great desire to throw the inedible bread-brick out of the kitchen window. I haven't actually thrown it - yet! So, I still … Continue reading Sourdough Stories: How to make a Sourdough Starter.
This week I made double the amount of bread in my wholemeal bread recipe as we were running very low! I have four loaf tins but only three are the same size, the other one is a lot smaller. So after the first rise, I split the dough into roughly three equal bigger amounts and one … Continue reading A Little Extra Goodness