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Bread Bowls

October 28, 2009


My second challenge for the Fresh From the Oven Bread Baking Group was something I had seen in Richard Bertinet’s book: Soup Bowls made of bread dough. He had the idea after getting an indian takeaway and thinking how unappetising it looked in the plastic trays. Corry of Bake it Off has taken Richard’s recipe […]

Food Photography Workshop

October 24, 2009


Yesterday I travelled down to London to the Scandinavian Kitchen to a photography workshop run by Chris Windsor and organised by Helen from a Forkful of Spaghetti. Arranging for someone to pick up George from school was the main bit of planning that I had to do, along with charging camera batteries and packing a […]

Spooky Stuff

October 21, 2009


Here is a little early Halloweenish post for you… Last Friday was our annual Ambergate School Spooky Disco. It was a bit earlier than normal, it is usually closer to Halloween, but double bookings and half term got in the way. The Friends of Ambergate Team organise it as a social event for all the […]

Bagels Schmagels

October 15, 2009


George is off poorly today and we are stuck in the house, so it seemed a good day to post about hot chewy bagels. I adapted this recipe from a BBC one. It’s a good thing to make on a rainy afternoon and makes you feel very accomplished when they come out of the oven. […]

Lego Fishing Port – By George

October 13, 2009


This is the Lego thing that I made yesterday. Here is the jetty where the boats set out to sea and the ladder where the men can get in the boats. This man with the moustache is the fish seller. He sells the rarest fish you can think of. At the side of him you […]

Dutchmen in the kitchen

October 11, 2009


No its not Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Rembrandt or Eddie Van Halen; a dutchman is also a timber patch to cover a defect.  In our much used kitchen (installed by the previous owners of the house) the worktop had been varnished, which has trapped moisture and led to some small areas starting to break down; When […]

Two Experiments and a Competition

October 7, 2009


I made a fairly ordinary meal last night of sausage and mash, but had a hankering to experiment a bit on the side. I had seen a photograph on Foodgawker of Hasselback potatoes on a blog called Seasaltwithfood and wanted to try them. So in addition to a mountain of fluffy mashed potato (I always […]

Mr Ed on the decks (now with added sunshine)

October 3, 2009


Well just the one deck actually, but I liked the sound of it. So the first of the two decks that have been promised for many years is now complete. My timing is a bit off because the ‘summer’ has just finished so they will have to wait until the spring to be enjoyed, but […]