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20 February 2017

February 2017 posts


Monday, 20 February 2017
Serendipity: Cabbage and Rapini
summary: stir-fried cabbage and rapini is the best; playing the Glad Game;

Thursday, 16 February 2017
Jachnun and Zhug: trying something new has its rewards (BBB February 2017)
summary: recipes for Jachnun and Zhug; stretching; overcoming fears; 9th (!) anniversary for the BBBabes; a Bread Baking Babes project;

30 January 2017

January 2017 posts


Monday, 30 January 2017
Orange You Glad You Baked This? - BBBabes and BBBuddies (January 2017)
summary: January 2017 Bread Baking Buddies; BBB Fouace Nantaise gallery;

Monday, 16 January 2017
Dreaming of Orange Blossoms – Fouace Nantes (BBB January 2017)
summary: recipe for Fouace Nantaise, based on a recipe by Jamie Schler; orange blossom; yeast in the dead of winter; failure to learn from past mistakes; a Bread Baking Babes (BBB) project;

Happy New Year!

24 December 2016

December 2016 posts


Saturday, 24 December 2016
The Season of Giving and Receiving
summary: Giving and receiving; spice of life; nutmeg;

Thursday, 22 December 2016
Orange Thyme Shortbread
summary: playing with a recipe for Lemon Thyme Shorbread to make Orange Thyme Shortbread; when you don’t have lemons, use oranges; homemade orange extract; Christmas baking;

Friday, 16 December 2016
Whoa!! That's Really Red Bread (BBB December 2016)
summary: recipe for Beet Challah; fear of sourdough and scary colours; expectations and realisations; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Wednesday, 7 December 2016
You win some - you lose some
summary: Wine and whine;

Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Eating from the book.... Karma beet and coconut soup
summary: recipe for Karma Beet and Coconut Soup, based on a recipe in the accompanying cookbook for Monica Bhide's novel, "Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken"; substitutions and/or additions; book review;

16 November 2016

November 2016 posts


Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Eeeeek! ...porridge bread (BBB November 2016)
summary: recipe for Porridge Bread, based on a recipe in "The Village Baker" by Joe Ortiz; reading difficulties – again (still??); in spite of me, we have delicious bread once again; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Thursday, 10 November 2016
This year, we are the Smugs! (Cake Day)
summary: I love Cake Day; annual vinarterta making; disaster averted (not again!?!)

Thursday, 3 November 2016
Oatmeal Biscuits
summary: recipe for oatmeal biscuits based on a recipe in HomeBaking by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford; they taste like graham crackers!

29 October 2016

October 2016 posts


Saturday, 29 October 2016
Persian Cardamom Shortbread (GF; bookmarked recipe)
summary: recipe for Persian Cardamom Shortbread – gluten-free cookies; using brown rice flour instead of white rice flour doesn't ruin the cookies; the thrill of having gluten-free cookies not taste like they were made in the sandbox; really? no pictures?? too bad, because the cookies were lovely; information about Bookmarked Recipes

Friday, 28 October 2016
Not-Quite-Wordless Not-Wednesday: Got Pizza Dough? Make Kouign Amann
summary: Kouign Amann is insanely easy to make; "Home Baking" by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford has some great ideas for using up extra dough; experimenting with trying to be less verbose by calling the post "Wordless"

Sunday, 16 October 2016
Bagels with Asiago (BBB October 2016)
summary: recipe for Bagels, based on recipes in “Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Bread Every Day” and an article by Peter Reinhart in “Fine Cooking”; being a bagel purist; Asiago cheese; new digital scales and why they should be thoroughly researched in advance; how to turn a two day process into one of three days; a Bread Baking Babes project; World Bread Day; World Food Day;

29 September 2016

September 2016 posts


Thursday, 29 September 2016
Sifting: the key to lofty whole wheat bread (Bookmarked)
summary: recipe for 75% whole wheat bread; Ken Forkish's 75% whole wheat bread using Michael Pollan’s method; sifting the wholewheat flour; bookmarked;

Thursday, 22 September 2016
almost-Wordless almost-Wednesday: coconut rolls
summary: After reading in HomeBaking by Naomi Duguid and Jeffery Alford that coconut buns were available all over Toronto's ChinaTown, we decided to try one. Guess which one is the commercial one....

Sunday, 18 September 2016
Sour Grapes... OR ...making the best of Concord Grapes
summary: green apples; concord grapes are awfully sweet; how much concentrate about 8 lbs of grapes makes; not making jelly; grape onion focaccia; information about Not Far From the Tree;

Saturday, 17 September 2016
Last Hurrahs of Summer: Coconut Rolls (BBB September 2016)
summary: recipe for Coconut Rolls or are they buns??, based on a recipe in "HomeBaking" by Naomi Duguid and Jeffery Alford; substitutions and alterations; malfunctioning scales; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Saturday, 10 September 2016
Zucchini Ribbons Salad (Bookmarked Recipe)
summary: Jamie Oliver's Zucchini Ribbon Salad is great; bookmarked recipe; why did we wait so long?

Friday, 9 September 2016
Mostly Wordless Not-Wednesday: when smoking is allowed indoors...
summary: video of adding a hint of smoky flavour to Dhal Makhani, using charcoal, a bowl of butter (or oil) and the Dhungar Method; kasoori methi is another magic ingredient;

24 August 2016

August 2016 posts


Wednesday, 24 August 2016
We have Red Pears!
summary: lots and lots of pears; what to do with unripe pears; recipe for sliced dried pears; information about Not Far From the Tree;

Sunday, 21 August 2016
Delving into the Archives: 2015's NFFtT Apricots Jam revisited
summary: going through our photo archives; NFFtT apricots; brilliant apricot jam; information about Not Far From the Tree;

Friday, 19 August 2016
Wordless Not-Wednesday: No Sour Grapes Here!
Not Far From the Tree seedless green grapes; perfect in chicken salad and equally terrific with aged cheddar cheese

Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Mad Dogs, Englishmen and BBBabes... (BBB August 2016)
recipe for Beignets made with dough refrigerated overnight, based on recipes by Martha Stewart and King Arthur Flour; global warming; hot weather baking; Aimee Nezhukumatathil's poem ‘Baked Goods’; a Bread Baking Babes project;

18 July 2016

July 2016 posts


Sunday, 17 July 2016
Revisiting Bialys and Loving Them (BBB July 2016)
summary: recipe for Bialys, based on a recipes in "The Hot Bread Kitchen" and "Bien Cuit"; making substitutions; malfunctioning scales; a Bread Baking Babes project;

24 June 2016

June 2016 posts


Friday, 24 June 2016
Wordless Not-Wednesday: the summer of the biscuits/scones
summary: Cook's Illustrated says to refrigerate the dough before baking; it turns out it's not necessary;

Tuesday, 21 June 2016
KAF pineapple cluster (bookmarked)
summary: bookmarked recipe for pineapple cluster based on a recipe on the King Arthur Flour (KAF) site; if I choose the "gram" version of the recipe, I expect to see gram measurements, not volumes!

Friday, 17 June 2016
Almost-Wordless Not-Wednesday: Cook's Illustrated biscuits
summmary: Biscuit making, following the shaping method outlined in Cook's Illustrated, September 2015, combined with scone mixing method outlined by Zachary Golper in Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread;

Thursday, 16 June 2016
Where ARE our wool socks and Birkenstocks? (BBB June 2016)
summary: recipe for BBB Bran Bread with Walnuts (and Raisins), based on the recipe for Pane con crusca e noci (bran bread with walnuts) by the Sorelle Simili (Simili Sisters); problems with 100% whole grain dough; water content and doorstops; run for the hills if it looks like the croc; adding more flour vs adding more water; going healthy; dealing with disappointments; about-faces; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Wednesday, 8 June 2016
More scones please
summary: new (for us) methods for scone making; Bien Cuit method being radically different from anything we've seen before; difference between biscuits and scones; brief review of ebook version of Bien Cuit;

27 May 2016

May 2016 posts


Friday, 27 May 2016
If one is good, another one MUST be better!
summary: BBB Spring Focaccia (with chives, garlic greens, onion and nigella seed) revisited using same-day dough; spring garden is growing at last;

Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Wordless Wednesday: Spring at Last!!
summary: Ahhhhh!! At last it's spring! We can open the kitchen window. Soon the tiny lilac buds will flower and their lovely scent will waft in. Speaking of lovely scent, this is spring bounty from our friends' market garden; Chinese ground pork dish;

Monday, 16 May 2016
Let the celebration begin! Spring Focaccia (BBB May 2016)
summary: recipe for Spring Focaccia, based on a recipe in “Flour Water Salt Yeast” by Ken Forkish; altering recipes; adding malted rye and buckwheat; how many garden herbs are available when spring is late; a Bread Baking Babes project;