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17 December 2014

December 2014 posts

Wednesday, 31 December 2014
On the sixth day of Christmas...
summary:  warp mode cooking; savoury BBB not-brioche flower; Happy New Year!

I'm happy to report that my real blog appears to be back online again. (I hope I haven't jinxed anything by saying that....)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Brioche flower; or is it a star?? (BBB December 2014)
summary: recipe for brioche flower; better late than never; a Bread Baking Babes project;


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Don't even think about peeking ahead....

15 December 2014

Triple Shriek

I foolishly believed that I'd be in the clear with my real blog at But no. Of course not. It has had to be taken offline again because of ongoing malicious hammering by bots.

Over the past several weeks, I have been removing broken links, locking things down (as best I could) and waiting for the bots to grow tired and finally realize that there really is no point to their hammering. It's not as if their mischief if affecting very many people. Surely, their goal is to bother a significantly larger group than me and my little circle of friends!

In the meantime, other aspects of my foolishness continue:

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Don't even think about peeking ahead....

24 November 2014

November 2014 posts

Monday, 24 November 2014
Wordless B&W Not-Wednesday: Vintage Wine
summary: Pauillac 'Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste' Saint Girons 1986 (grand cru); not for cats!; the grapes for this wine were just beginning to ripen in the vineyard on the day we met; experiments in sepia, black and white and colour; Photos taken on FujiFilm S3100 digital camera. Using Irfanview, to create the black and white, I desaturated by 100% to remove the colour, then upped the contrast and added -1R, 1G and 3B. To create the sepia version, I altered the colour again by adding 20R, 5G and -10B)

Monday, 17 November 2014
Mawwhat?? Ersatz Dhakai Bakharkhani (BBB November 2014)
summary: recipe for Dhakai Bakharkhani; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Almost-Wordless Wednesday: but, it was going to be perfect!!
summary: Smells good. Nice and light weight. It looks really good, doesn't it? Well, turn it over.... Maybe if we cut off the burned part, we can rescue it;

Sunday, 2 November 2014
What we did with this year's Hallowe'en pumpkins
summary: Hallowe'en pumpkin carving; Golden Nugget squashes are difficult to carve but after they are baked, they taste fabulous; Sorauren Park Pumpkin festival;

28 October 2014

October 2014 posts

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Dumplings, the right way
summary: comfort food: chicken stew with dumplings; evil bots still preventing commenting

World Food Day, 16 October 2014
Feeding the world, caring for the earth

Thursday, 16 October 2014 is World Food Day, a yearly event put together by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to raise funds to feed the world's chronically hungry.
[A]bout 805 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2012-14.   - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Please remember to help feed the truly hungry. 

October 16 is also World Bread Day (WBD).
World Bread Day 2014 (submit your loaf on October 16, 2014)Announcing World Bread Day 2014 - 9th edition!

Einladung / Deutsch - Convite / Português - Invitación / Español - Invito / Italiano- Zaproszenie / Polski

Preheat your oven – on October 16 is World Bread Day again! Since 2006 every year hundreds of bloggers from all around the world bake bread for this special day.
Please read more about WBD here: 1x umrühren bitte aka kochtopf

Thursday, 16 October 2014
Caramelized Onion Bread (BBB October 2014)
summary: recipe for Caramelized Onion Bread, based on a recipe in Canadian Living Magazine; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting; information about World Food Day;
Monday, 13 October 2014
green bean sabzi (WFD 2014)
summary: recipe for green bean sabzi; reminder about those in need and that October 16 is World Food Day; FAO's World Hunger Map 2014 | Prevalence of Undernourished in the Population; list of some of the aid organizations working to feed the hungry;

15 October 2014

Double Shriek!!!!

I was all set to report that everything is almost back to normal with my real blog. Over the past couple of days after the site was restored, I spent a fair amount of time locking things down there, to stop the malicious bots from accessing areas on the site that are none of their beeswax.

And at some point tonight, the bots got really mad and... you guessed it... I'm once again locked out of my site.


It looks like I'm going to have to resort to using this blog to post about the BBB's October 2014 bread that I made today and was planning to post about tomorrow. 

edit 16 October: My real blog is back online again (for now). I have a bad feeling that it will be on and off until the malicious bots get tired of their stupid game.

08 October 2014


I don't know WHAT has happened. But my real site at has been inexplicably erased. I'm spitting mad and will try to find out what happened and hope that everything will return to normal soon.

edit 8 October 2014: Well, isn't this just swell.... It turns out that the reason for my site being erased was because of a "brute force attack" by malicious bots. My webhost reconnected the site earlier today for a few minutes. During that time, I tried to install a plugin to block those bots but the server was getting hammered so severely that my webhost had to suspend my account !!! That's right. Suspend it.

All this because of jackasses who have nothing better to do than try to infiltrate any site at all.


30 September 2014

September 2014 posts

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Stir-fried beets, Indian style (WHB: curry leaf)
summary: recipe for South Indian Beets (stir-fried beets and curry leaves) from a recipe for 'beet thoran' in SAVEUR Magazine "The India Issue" No. 167; problems with photographing Indian food so it looks good; information about curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) and Weekend Herb Blogging;

Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Stepping Back in Time to the 17th century (BBB September 2014)
summary: recipe for Robert May's French Bread, based on Elizabeth David's adaptation of a 17th century recipe; trying again with the stainless steel mixing bowl as a steam chamber; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting;

Thursday, 11 September 2014
I'm suffering from flat blonde sandwich bread syndrome
summary: making flatbread unintentionally; using stainless steel mixing bowl as a steam chamber;

Saturday, 6 September 2014
Wordless Not-Wednesday: what to do with all those apples
summary: I love that sound of the lids popping down on crabapple jelly just put into sterilized jars; made from crabapples picked for Not Far From the Tree; NFFTT Macintosh apples with radishes, raisins and onions in butter;

28 August 2014

August 2014 posts

Thursday, 28 August 2014
Words... My Word!
summary: I don't like what is happening to SAVEUR magazine; questionable word choices for articles about food and drink: devour, gobble, mushy; Goan shrimp curry;

Saturday, 16 August 2014
Glow-in-the-dark Polenta Bread (BBB August 2014)
summary: recipe for Polenta Bread, based on Della Fattoria's Polenta bread in Artisan Bread Across America by Maggie Glezer; extremely long-winded (as usual) account touching on reading labels carefully and using alternate methods to create a spiral design; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting;

30 July 2014

July 2014 posts

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
French-style grainy mustard
summary: homemade grainy mustard; treasured memory of mustard from Charroux;

Saturday, 26 July 2014
O la la! C'est magnifique!
summary: a French butter dish is fabulous;

Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Mmmm! Tuscan Rosemary Bread – with salt!! (BBB July 2014)
summary: recipe for Panmarino - Tuscan Rosemary Bread; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting and Bake Your Own Bread;

30 June 2014

June 2014 posts

Monday, 30 June 2014
Wordless Not-Wednesday: Cherries! ...sweeeeeet!
summary: sweet cherries (possibly Hedelfingen, Vega, Vogue or Van) picked for Not Far From the Tree on 29 June 2014 in a backyard of Toronto: in 2 hours, 5 of us picked 37 lbs in all (1/3 to the tree owner, 1/3 shared by the pickers, and 1/3 delivered by bicycle to be donated to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens in the neighbourhood).

Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Cherry Season = Cherries Jubilee
summary: recipe for Cherries Jubilee; information about Not Far From the Tree and Plated Stories;

Friday, 20 June 2014
Eleven Years? Can that be right??
summary: marking anniversaries; commenting; changes to blogging; spice rubs;

Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Whine Bread (BBB June 2014)
summary: recipe for Grape-cluster Wine Rolls, based on Lionel Vatinet's Beaujolais Bread; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting and Bake Your Own Bread;

Saturday, 14 June 2014
Stir-fried Radishes and Swiss chard (WHB #437)
summary: stir-fried greens with radishes; magnetic poetry for spring: magnetic poetry; today’s poem; information on radishes and radish greens and Weekend Herb Blogging;

Thursday, 12 June 2014
Got Kecap Manis? Make Nasi Goreng!
summary: recipe for Nasi Goreng, based on a recipe in SAVEUR No. 150; information about kecap manis and shrimp paste;

Sunday, 8 June 2014
Yay! Lawn Sale Season Has Begun
summary: new tea cup; spring at last;

17 May 2014

May 2014 posts

Saturday, 17 May 2014
ISO Remedial Reading Course – Wild Rice and Onion Bread (BBB May 2014)
summary: recipe for Wild Rice and Onion Bread, based on a recipe in Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting and Bake Your Own Bread;

Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Je vais pleurer!
summary: SAVEUR comes through again! Clay Pot Chicken with white wine and mushrooms inspired by the recipe for 'Poussins en Cocotte "Bonne Femme"' in SAVEUR No. 92, April 2006;

21 April 2014

April 2014 posts

Sunday, 20 April 2014
Happy Easter!
summary: Happy Easter! Colouring eggs naturally; alternatives to eggs;

Thursday, 17 April 2014
Lessons in Reading – Pretzel Croissants (BBB April 2014)
summary: recipe for Pretzel Croissants; adapting to time constraints; Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting and Bake Your Own Bread;

10 March 2014

March 2014 posts

Monday, 10 March 2014
this IS the best carrot cake
summary: We make the best Carrot Cake with so much cream cheese icing, it will make you sick; Happy Birthday, T!

Sunday, 2 March 2014
Snow? Again??? Taking Comfort with Chocolate
summary: recipe based on SAVEUR magazine's Chocolate Bark; SAVEUR magazine comes through again! information about Bookmarked Recipes;

17 February 2014

February 2014 posts

Monday, 17 February 2014
Rgaïf, layered North African Flatbread (BBB February 2014)
summary: recipe for Rgaïf, North African flatbread baked on a griddle; a Bread Baking Babes project; the BBBabes are celebrating 6 years of bread baking together; submission for YeastSpotting and Bake Your Own Bread;

16 January 2014

January 2014 posts

Thursday, 16 January 2014
Just a hint of chocolate, eh? (BBB January 2014)
summary: recipe for Chocolate Prune Rolls; to knead or not to knead; a Bread Baking Babes project; submission for YeastSpotting and BYOB;

Saturday, 4 January 2014
Warning: 1000 words ...or so
summary: homemade pizza; ISO decent mozzarella cheese; the super peel is super, but…; how do you clean a bread stone?

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Two kinds of Cherry Snowballs: which one is your favourite?
summary: cherry snowballs revisited once more; our cherry snowball recipe; Happy New Year! SAVEUR magazine's take on Mum's cherry snowballs; Luxardo Cherries are still maraschino cherries; I love happy endings, don't you?