Real Bread, Family, Gardening, Cooking and more Cooking

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First planting

I think it’s a good idea to get a few bought in seedlings planted.  Lollo Rosso and little gem lettuce and a few carrots.  We are almost (just about) out of danger from frosts but not quite warm enough for reliable germination.

We have a couple of small greenhouses I can sow seeds in which will be ready about mid May.   I don’t expect too much from the carrots, you have to be a little rough to seperate the roots so they may not grow well, they can be sown when the temperature rises a bit.


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Baking Day

I haven’t been able to do any baking for a couple of weeks.  My daughter had to buy a sliced loaf from the supermarket.  Oh, the shame!  It’s all OK now though 🙂


Nice crumb as well! This is from the Tartine recipe with a little modification for European flour.


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Real Bread

Over the last couple of years an occasional hobby has turned into quite a big obsession!

I used to bake the occasional sandwich loaf or tray of rolls but I gradually got into sourdough.  It took a while to get going but after reading a lot of books, following people on Instagram etc, things are now going very well.  All the family, including the dogs love sourdough.

I now have a larger Swedish mixer, an Ankarsrum Assistent, that means I can now knead a lot more dough.  Piccies below.

Yeasted white crusty rollsDSC_0035

Country Blonde sourdoughDSC_0085


Assistent Mixer


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New Family Members

This year we have adopted two “re-homed” dogs.  Max and Sandy.  They are 10 years and 8 years old respectively.

They are very loving, very well trained and settling down now to a new life.

We did miss our previous dog who passed away and I am really glad that we re-homed rather than bought.  Something I think more people should do.  They didn’t ask for their life to take a drastic downturn and we are pleased to give them a new forever home.