New toy – Slow Cooker

My life is taking a small positive change, and I thought it a good idea to finally purchase a new slow cooker. I’ve had one before but it stopped working and was disposed of about 2 years ago. I kept the inside bowl because that would come in handy as an oven or serving dish […]

We are what we eat

Our bodies are made of what we feed them. Never before has it been so important to look after our bodies than now. What we put in will be the fuel for energy, regeneration of cells and our bodies defences system. I try and make all our food from scratch. To make one’s food is […]

We are what we eat

Our bodies are made of what we feed them. Never before has it been so important to look after our bodies than now. What we put in will be the fuel for energy, regeneration of cells and our bodies defences system. I try and make all our food from scratch. To make one’s food is […]

Christmas cake iced

Yesterday I iced our Christmas cake. I made royal icing with 2lbs of icing sugar. I didn’t sift it either because it creates the most amazing mess. Sifting icing sugar makes no difference to the taste so I’ve not bothered as I’m not out to win any competition in icing. So I combined 2lbs of […]

Fresh bread

I always make my sourdough bread the morning before I bake it. I mixed the dough, saving some of my starter for future use. After mixing and kneading I leave in the bowl to prove all day. At 7pm ish I reshape, decide and place on trays and place in the oven. I leave it […]

Quality compost . .

It’s chocolate eating season in our house. It’s come early this year due to months of lockdown here in northeast England. We started on the first tin last week. The bright wrappings encouraging us to try just one more. The colours bringing back memories of different times. As normal I was concerned about the waste […]

Sourdough bread storing tip

When I bake sourdough bread I normally make two loaves with 1kg of bread flour. Because there is just the two of us, I cut each loaf on half. I then freeze it in halves so that we always have fresh bread. Nothing is wasted. When I remove one of the last two half loaves […]

Swede, fried not boiled!

In my veg box I seem to always get a large swede. It’s huge and though I like swede, there is only so much one can eat. Tonight I’ve decided to peel, slice and fry in oil, sprinkled with salt and fresh ground pepper, on a medium heat for 30 minutes. Early taste results show […]

How I make a sourdough starter

The magical mystery that isn’t really We will start with the starter. It’s simple and not rocket science. The important thing is you make it as it needs to be local to you, it’s your own microbes. All you’ll need to make a starter is patience, a large bowl, a clean tea towel, a pair […]