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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;

16 April 2016

April 2016 posts

Saturday, 16 April 2016
Ceux-ci ne sont pas des cinnamon rolls... (BBB April 2016)
summary: recipe for NOT-cinnamon rolls with a nod to Magritte, based on recipes from Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) and in "Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread"; apricots, honey and black pepper; a Bread Baking Babes project;.

Saturday, 9 April 2016
Wordless Not-Wednesday: scoring experiment
summary: Using the wonderful Burnt Whisker Forge handled lame that T gave me, for this raisin bread (Ken Forkish recipe), this is my first attempt at achieving the scoring used for Bourbon Bread on page 63 of "Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread" by Zachary Golper and Peter Kaminsky.

Thursday, 7 April 2016
Do I need another bread book?
summary: review of "Bien Cuit" by Zachary Golper and Peter Kaminsky; good ideas; poor choices; is it time to make room on the cookbook shelf anyway?

Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Auberge Walnut Bread – BBBabes, buddies, friends, etc... (March 2016)
summary: Spring snow; March 2016 Bread Baking Buddies; FB's Artisan Bread Baking group; BBB Auberge Walnut Bread gallery

20 March 2016

March 2016 posts

Saturday, 19 March 2016
Delving into the Archives: Pork al latte
summary: going through our photo archives; in praise of back issues of SAVEUR (especially No.68, No.110) recipe for pork braised with sour cream (Brasato di Maiale), like bolognese but different!; yet another rant about SAVEUR Magazine;

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Auberge Walnut Bread (BBB March 2016)
summary: recipe for Auberge Walnut Bread, based on recipes in "Auberge of the Flowering Hearth" by Roy Andries de Groot and "The Italian Baker" by Carol Field; perfumes and scents; memoir; a Bread Baking Babes (BBB) project;

22 February 2016

February 2016 posts

Monday, 22 February 2016
obsessed with pot stickers
summary: obsession with pot stickers; search for the lacy covering;

Sunday, 21 February 2016
Potstickers (Bookmarked)
summary: Chinese-style potstickers and two kinds of sauce; inspired by potstickers in LCBO's Food and drink magazine and based on The Dumpling Sisters' recipe; The Dumpling Sisters are great; I love run-on sentences!; information about Bookmarked Recipes;

Tuesday, 16 February 2016
8 Years and the BBBabes are Bien Cuit! (BBB February 2016)
summary: recipe for Caramelized Onion Rye, based on a recipe in "Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread" by Zachary Golper and Peter Kaminsky; using buckwheat; using a thermometer for water; new cookbook?; omissions; substitutions; anniversaries; there's a new BBBabe in town; winter; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Monday, 8 February 2016
Who says homemade pierogies are hard to make?
summary: our favourite brand of supermarket pierogies has disappeared; so has our favourite brand of yoghurt; it turns out making pierogies at home is ridiculously easy; so is yoghurt...

23 January 2016

January 2016 posts

Saturday, 23 January 2016
khachapuri update
summary: making koulouria; my memory is fading; apparently khachapuri CAN be baked on the stovetop; bookmarked red bean filling;

Saturday, 16 January 2016
Conquering Runny-Yolk Phobia with Khachapuri (BBB January 2016)
summary: recipe for 2 kinds of Khachapuri: Adjaruli and Ossetian; runny egg-yolk phobia; potato substitution; converting food aversions; proof is in the tasting; we made a video!; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Friday, 1 January 2016
Wordless Not-Wednesday: {gurgle} Happy {pop} New {gurgle} Year!
summary: GurglePot™; Margaux Brane-Cantenac 1990; Happy New Year!