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29 December 2017

December 2017 posts

Friday, 29 December 2017
Good Non-Alcoholic Punch
summary: keeping Christmas traditions; Mum's poinsettia tablecloth; recipe for Not 7-Up "Green" – based on 7-Up Emerald Punch; non-alcoholic punch; "Merry Punch Bowl to You!"

Thursday, 28 December 2017
Sort of Wordless Not-Wednesday: Merry Christmas to Me!
summary: Because of the continued success of making Chad Robertson’s Tartine bread risen with Jane Mason natural starter (wheat), look at what I got for Christmas – a Lodge cast-iron Combo-Cooker!!; cast-iron might be heavy but it's the best no-stick pan; these pans are not just for camping; makes for best oven-spring; a Sort of Wordless Not-Wednesday post;

Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Christmas Bounty
summary: Happy Christmas; Oatmeal dressing (aka stuffing) is the best; what to do with leftovers; warm up by helping to feed/clothe everyone;

Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Better Late Than Never not-Champagne Babas (BBB December 2017)
summary: recipe for Champagne Babas; substituting more affordable sparkling wine from Argentina; using commercial yeast instead of wild yeast; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Monday, 18 December 2017
Tracking the other BBBabes
summary: The others have already baked this month’s recipe: Champagne Baba. But I am a laggard, trailing behind, catching glimpses of their footprints in the newly fallen snow. [...]

Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Reparations after Bread Wars
summary: effects of weather changes on bread made with wild yeast; bread wars; counter-intuitive behaviour; rescuing failures and turning them into major successes; Mock Monsieurs; Avocado Toast; Winning;

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Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta,
(Gibbs Smith Publishing)

29 November 2017

November 2017 posts

Monday, 27 November 2017
A Night to Remember
summary: Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes 1990; almost like new after all these years; Picanha; Sauce d’Auvergne; crazed black cat;
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Sunday, 26 November 2017
Pasta with Orange, Ham and Gremolata
summary: delicious pasta from Jamie Schler's cookbook "Orange Appeal"; in praise of Ilva's photography; minor substitutions; adding Gremolata and Swiss chard;
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Saturday, 25 November 2017
And we have cake!
summary: annual vinarterta making; disaster averted once again; reading labels; using timers
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wordless Wednesday: 60!?!!
summary: <o> ♥ p.98; 60th (!!?!) anniversary appetizer; Mussels with Orange and Fennel; Gremolata; Pinenuts are NOT optional; a Wordless Wednesday post;

Saturday, 18 November 2017
BBB English Muffins are Perfect for Mock Bennies
summary: Mock Bennies with Homemade English Muffins; easily as satisfying as Eggs Benedict but not nearly as filling;

Friday, 17 November 2017
What Nationality are These Muffins?? (BBB November 2017)
summary: ingredients for English Muffins; refusing to use commercial yeast when there's wild yeast in the fridge; scheduling problems; late again; rescuing English muffins that are overcooked (really dark...) on the outside and undercooked in the center; meat thermometer is my friend; making my sister happy; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Wordless Wednesday: Gold from a Grey Ghost
summary: grey ghost pumpkin; only $3 (!!) at the Peterborough Farmers' Market; tough shell; hammers aren't just for nails...; enough squash for several dinners; not as rich as butternut but still delicious; great for squash and walnut lasagne; squash and ginger soup; kitchen window in the autumn; at the request of the farmer, who like me, prefers savoury pumpkin dishes, we did NOT make pie; a Wordless Wednesday post

Friday, 10 November 2017
Delving into the Archives: Indonesian Potatoes with Chili Sauce
summary: Keripik Kentang Balado (Fried Potatoes with Chili Sauce; using our neighbours' hot hot hot chilis; going through our photo archives; more praise for back issues of SAVEUR;

Friday, 3 November 2017
Delving into the Archives: Thai Red Curry (WHB#408+x: Lime Leaf)
summary: delving into the archives; Thai red curry; is blogging passée? talking to myself; blaming FB; information about lime leaf and Weekend Herb Blogging;

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Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta,
(Gibbs Smith Publishing)

31 October 2017

October 2017 posts

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
We're prepared! We have garlic...
summary: Hallowe'en Haiku; spaghettini with garlic and sage; barrel cheese grater is terrific; garden garlic is hot and potent; information about UNICEF: please remember that even though the children no longer carry UNICEF boxes, donations are still welcome.

Monday, 30 October 2017
Pickled Chilis
summary: pickled chilis based on a recipe in "Beyond the Great Wall" by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford; magnetic poetry isn't just for the spring;

Sunday, 29 October 2017
Wordless Not-Wednesday: Delving into the Archives – Chef’s Life Candied Yams
summary: delving into the archives; Vivian Howard's (A Chef's Life) Candied Yam Stacks with bacon and pecans; we made this eons ago (June 2016!!) and neeeeeed to get some pecans to have it again…; a Wordless Not-Wednesday post

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Not-blood orange salsa with avocado
summary: not-blood orange salsa from Jamie Schler's cookbook "Orange Appeal"; making substitutions; no blood oranges? ...use navel oranges instead; using all the orange (except the pith); orange extract and orange sugar;

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Wordless Not-Wednesday: Hot Hot Hot
summary: ghost pepper; hot hot hot; a Wordless Not-Wednesday post

Monday, 16 October 2017
Going Wild with Pumpkin Cornmeal Rolls (BBB October 2017)
summary: Pumpkin Cornmeal Rolls; making adjustments to the recipe; using wild yeast instead of commercial; a Bread Baking Babes project; World Bread Day and World Food Day;

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Is the starter ready? Looks can be deceiving...
summary: how to tell if the wild starter is ready; bubbles are an indication but not foolproof; float test is essential; working towards predictability; scheduling the starter; feeding;

Monday, 9 October 2017
Wordless Not-Wednesday: Giving Thanks
summary: not-pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving; butternut squashes are sweeter and more flavourful; Canada Post comes through! Jamie Schler's cookbook "Orange Appeal" arrived; orange chicken; vintage wine; a Wordless Not-Wednesday post

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Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta,
(Gibbs Smith Publishing)

30 September 2017

September 2017 posts

Saturday, 30 September 2017
Wild Naan for Sourdough September)
summary: recipe revision for naan using natural starter instead of commercial yeast; brief history of commercial yeast; another project for Sourdough September

Thursday, 28 September 2017
Wild Bread Notes (or... KISS)
summary: importance of the float test for the levain; scheduling; disregarding advice from some experts; KISS; it’s Sourdough September

Wednesday, 27 September 2017
How do you like them apples?
summary: stir-fried vegetables with apples and raisins; cauliflower greens; grilled chicken; picking apples for Not Far From the Tree; overgrown gardens; curly hair and burrs; calling in the professionals; heroic hair stylists; information about Not Far From the Tree;

Friday, 22 September 2017
Bread for Cousins' Day
summary: in praise non-sour sourdough wild bread; planning ahead; working with Jane Mason levain; what to do with all that extra starter; it's Sourdough September

Saturday, 16 September 2017
Almost-wild Very (very) Light Rye (BBB September 2017)
summary: BBB Swiss Rye Ring (and boule) based on a recipe by Stanley Ginsberg; trying to use wild yeast instead of commercial yeast; creating a rye starter using Jane Mason’s method; creating scary rye alcohol in solid brick-like form; ears! we see ears; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Saturday, 16 September 2017
Who says we don't have enough sun?
summary: our mostly shady garden; branching out into the sunny lane; Swiss chard, garlic, sunflowers; “Orange Appeal” blurb;

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Have you ordered your copy of Jamie's and Ilva's book yet?

Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta,
(Gibbs Smith Publishing)

27 August 2017

August 2017 posts

Sunday, 27 August 2017
Chilis!! Get yer red hot chilis here!
summary: great neighbours; peach salsa; excerpt from ‘Kitchens of the Great Midwest’ by J. Ryan Stradal; chili syrup for ice cream; hot red chilis!

Friday, 25 August 2017
Jamie's Orange Ice – Garnished with Fresh Mint
summary: delicious orange ice, based on Jamie Schler's recipe for Orange Mint Granità in her lovely just published cookbook "Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet" that is now available for purchase;

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Wordless Wednesday: two loaves of Tartine Bread
summary: two loaves of Tartine bread – one baked in makeshift cooker using a cast-iron pan and a large stainless steel mixing bowl, the other in Le Creuset; how do you spell “oven-spring”? – a Wordless Wednesday post

Saturday, 19 August 2017
Ah! Comfort Food – Coffee Crusted Pork
summary: rereading past issues of SAVEUR Magazine; discovering missed recipes like coffee crusted beef tenderloin; taking comfort; cats are funny creatures;

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Lost in Translation with Tutmanik and Sirene (BBB August 2017)
summary: тутманик с Готово Тесто (Tootmanik s Gotovo Testo – Tutmanik with Ready-made Dough); attempting the impossible; experiment with wild yeast; over-rising; hazards of adjusting the recipe too much; fun with shaping; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Thursday, 10 August 2017
2nd Try at Jane Mason Sourdough: Sudden Change of Direction
summary: second try at making Jane Mason Sourdough Bread: Fail!; new pet refuses to play; learning patience; getting inspired by "Taste of Persia" by Naomi Duguid; there's a reason for eating by candlelight; khinkali stuffed with mushrooms to the rescue; great new condiment: ajika; reminiscing about "Anything Can Happen" by Papashvily;

Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Tartine Bread: 3rd time's the charm (and 4th and...)
summary: recipe for Tartine Bread; 3rd try is the charm; only major change was to use Jane Mason's starter; how freeing it is to not have anything to toss away; too many pictures to choose from; joys of having happy pets;

Saturday, 5 August 2017
Wordless Not-Wednesday: who needs Le Creuset?!
summary: Chad Robertson's Tartine bread risen with Jane Mason natural starter (wheat); we don't have a cast-iron Combo-Cooker or Le Creuset; make-shift cooker using a cast-iron pan and a large stainless steel mixing bowl; let parchment paper be your friend; talk about oven spring!; 6th try at Jane Mason bread just as successful with all-purpose flour; sneak peak at Fesanjun; a Wordless Not-Wednesday post;

Thursday, 3 August 2017
5th try lucky!
summary: recipe for Jane Mason Wild Bread; 5th try at making not-sour bread using the Jane Mason's liquid levain; trying a different bread recipe, based on one in "Homemade Sourdough" by Jane Mason; using stronger flour; kneading with 'slap and fold' and 'stretch and fold' techniques; overnight refrigeration of shaped bread;

Wednesday, 2 August 2017
4th Try at Mason Bread – such high hopes...
summary: Fourth try at making Wild Bread, based on a recipe in "All You Knead is Bread" by Jane Mason; adding the float test didn't help; how to know when to shape; how we react under duress, continuing the search for not-sour sourdough but seriously contemplating conceding defeat;

Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Essential Equipment for Bread Baking – Revised
summary: Danish dough whisk; flexible silicone lids; digital scales; revised notions of essential equipment for bread making;

11 August 2017

Why oh why does everyone like WYSIWYG so much?!

Sigh. I hate change. I was trying to fix some errors in the CSS on my blogger template but they've changed things so that I have to use their stupid theme.

Not good for a control freak like me....

31 July 2017

July 2017 posts

Monday, 31 July 2017
Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: were we supposed to burp it?
summary: We fed our new pet this morning and left it unattended in the dining room; feeding the Jane Mason natural starter; it’s warm in the house; good thing we got home when we did; cleaning up was relatively painless; an Almost-Wordless Wednesday post;

Saturday, 29 July 2017
Oh boy! Another new toy!
summary: giving in to fashion trends; we have a new toy: a dough whisk;

Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Isn't the 3rd Try supposed to be the Charm?
summary: Third try at making Wild Bread, based on a recipe in "All You Knead is Bread" by Jane Mason; training a new pet; search for not-sour Sourdough continues; hiding the evidence in the composter;

Sunday, 23 July 2017
ISO not-sour Sourdough: We're getting closer...
summary: First try at making Wild Bread, based on a recipe in "All You Knead is Bread" by Jane Mason; training a new pet; problems with over-rising and developing the gluten;

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
And we have a new pet...
summary: recipe for Natural Starter based on instruction in "All You Knead is Bread" by Jane Mason; I'm a glutton for punishment; we have a new pet; problems with over-rising and developing the gluten;

Sunday, 16 July 2017
It's summer and we're full of beans! (BBB July 2017)
summary: recipe for Velvety Bean Bread; reducing the yeast; summer and over-rising; hazards of scoring overproofed bread; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Tuesday, 4 July 2017
feed the hungry Aish Baladi (bookmarked)
summary: recipe for Aish Baladi (100% whole wheat flatbread); using Michael Pollan’s method of sifting the wholewheat flour; toasting the bran; bookmarked; Toronto celebrates Canada Day with a duck; we're not paying attention; hunger;

Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta,
(Gibbs Smith Publishing)

16 June 2017

June 2017 posts

Friday, 16 June 2017
Kaak – don't you love getting a new handbag? (BBB June 2017)
summary: recipe for Kaak (Lebanese Handbag Bread); adjusting yeast amounts; fooling with flours; baking on the barbecue; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Sunday, 11 June 2017
Kale and Coconut Oil do NOT belong in the trash
summary: stir-fried kale; refuting Kingsport Humor's notion that kale belongs in the trash; another use for orange blossom water; Jamie Schler's cookbook "Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet", with photos by Ilva Beretta, is being released soon; information on how to pre-order the cookbook; a bit about coconut oil

Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet

by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta,
(Gibbs Smith Publishing)

24 May 2017

May 2017 posts

Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Open-faced Croque Monsieur, anyone?
summary: using the last of the Shubbak el-Habayeb (Lovers' Windows) to make open-faced Croque Monsieur; no eggs, thank you very much; breaking the rules – again; doesn't the definition of a Croque Monsieur include béchamel? toaster ovens are the best; an excerpt from one of my voluminous travel diaries

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Looking through Lovers' Windows to Celebrate Spring (BBB May 2017)
summary: recipe for Shubbak el-Habayeb (Lovers' Windows); timing and the beauty of refrigeration; a Bread Baking Babes project;

In springtime, the only pretty ring timeWhen birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;Sweet lovers love the spring

18 May 2017


08:56: Sometime just before midnight last night, my real blog on suddenly and inexplicably went offline. I have no idea when it will return. :stomp:

edit 11:55am:  I'm happy to report that everything is back online again and my real blog is once again accessible. :yay:

17 April 2017

April 2017 posts

Sunday, 16 April 2017
Happy Easter!
"Hot Cross Buns" (BBB April 2017)
summary: recipe for Kare Pan; spring at last; embracing diversity; deep-frying in a wok; statute of limitations for April Fooling; a Bread Baking Babes project;

March 2017 posts

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread (BBB March 2017)
summary: recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread; adjusting old recipes for today’s tastes; yeast amounts; a Bread Baking Babes project; better late than never....

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!