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14 October 2016

Yeasty goodness



Bread. How I love thee. Let me compare thee to a summers day.....

Seriously though it's the food of gods. I love the stuff but haven't been able to find bread I'd like to eat at a price I'm willing to pay. I enjoy baking my own but have never found the time to commit to a regular baking schedule. Let's face it. If you let me go, I'll eat bread and butter for most meals.

This is where present me thanks past me quite a bit. When I moved to the UK, my sister bought me an Amazon voucher so that I could stock up on ebooks for the plane. What we didn't realise is that .com vouchers cannot be used with .com.au or with .co.uk. Which meant that I had all this credit and nothing to spend it on... Needless to say I bought a few cookbooks. One of which was The Bread Bible.

Last week I tried the Sandwich Loaf recipe. Half was baked on the day and the other half stashed in the fridge for a few days. One of the comments in the book says that this loaf is everything that Wonder Bread tries to be and doesn't achieve. I thought the recipe was a little odd as it required both milk and butter as well as three rising sessions. Once as starter, another as dough and the third as a shaped loaf.

Over all I thought it was a very easy if not time consuming recipe. It could definitely be done over a few days if you were time poor but able to find 30 min for mixing, kneading and cleaning up the bench afterwards (this is a very wet dough). Last week I stuck to the recipe and this week I changed up half the flour to whole meal spelt. It's been sitting in the fridge for a while. To compensate for the wholemeal flour I added extra yeast.


Edit - a week later - the bread that sat in the fridge for a week was very tasty. M wasn't a fan of the texture. He found it oily, mostly likely due to the butter and milk.

There are no pictures because my iPad is being a poo and not accessing the images properly. Will update when I can.

31 August 2016

Blueberry Muffins


One of my favourite muffins is blueberry. A crunchy top and filled with messy blueberries is all I need to be happy. Well it's all I thought I needed. For those who follow other food blogs you have probably already made your way over to Smitten Kitchen. Deb's food is delicious.

 


I'm in back to school mode. September 1st means the start of the school year and a new school for me. I'll be teaching at a school about an hours commute away which means leaving the house at 630am and not getting home until 6/630pm. My solution to this is to be uber organise and have enough food with me to cover all meals and snacks except dinner. If I'm even more organised then I'll be able to have breakfast at home before I leave work.




Deb posted these muffins as the perfect blueberry muffin a few days ago. As someone who adores blueberry muffins, I decided to try them out. For once I stuck to the recipe!! The only difference is that I got 10 muffins instead of 9. I could probably have gotten 9 if I bad filled the cups even higher. 



As you can see I got quite sizeable muffins. Getting 9 would have meant slightly higher tops but I am happy with what I got. The recipe is here



03 August 2016

Rosemary chicken salad....with bacon

Last Thursday M and I headed up to Edinburgh for a wedding. Neither of us had ever been to a Scottish wedding before and some parts were definitely different to what we're used too. 



Our main breakfast each day was a choice between a full Scottish breakfast and a continental. Apparently fried bread is a thing in Scotland....wait... Fried everything is a thing in Scotland. Needless to say that we were craving vegetables and salad. Luckily I found this. We had it for dinner this evening and it was delicious. The only thing I would do differently would be to dress the leaves before they hit the plate. 

If you do one thing this weekend it should be to eat this 

06 July 2016

Birthdays come but once a year

Yesterday I watched as this years birthday cake was being made. The cake itself is a coconut cake with raspberry jam sandwiched between and lemon icing on top. Recipe for the cake is here


It doesn't look like much but it will be delicious. More detail will follow in a later post but for now let me leave you with this. 



27 June 2016

A long long time ago

in a galaxy far away, I stopped blogging for several years. My deepest apologies!

In a nut shell, teacher training was intense as was the first 4 years. I'm halfway through the 5th year and starting to wonder if this is really what I should be doing. So it's back to blogging!


Life in England is different to back Australia. Small towns don't provided the same opportunities as big cities but the also an advantage to this. I've been able to concentrate more of honing my crafts and focusing on the little things.

Like home grown strawberries.



Strawberries, custard and amaretti biscuits 


I made one of these yesterday with home grown strawberries. Whilst not as sweet as the ones from Sainburys, they were still delicious. Both here was made from scratch, I bought it all. The amaretti biscuits have lasted since last July in the pantry, making them a worthwhile purchase. 
The glass itself is from a tasting session with The Lakes Distillery. We had a taste of their vodka, gin and whiskey. I recommend checking them out if you can find them. 


10 March 2013

New starts and taking action

Taking that first step is always difficult. It is even more difficult when you have to take that first step more than once.

 About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS. I tried a variety of things and started to get in under control last summer. Everything fell apart last year health wise and I finally have a new path to go along. The short of it is, giving low gi a go properly, exercising at least twice a week and new drugs so that I can push a trip to hospital to later in the year.

I'm still planning on keeping this part of my life alive but, you can also find me over on tumblr. Just search for nellimay.tumblr.


The first step was awareness, next one is action. This week is all about action.

11 January 2013

Thai Red Curry Paste

One of my favourite curries is a Thai red curry. It's tasty and goes well with most proteins. You start with a paste and then add too it. The recipe I use is from a book that Dad and I fight over. Technically it's his book but it spends more time at my house.

The recipe says to use dried chilli but I use fresh and it comes out fine. The paste freezes really well and can be used months later with no loss of taste (or at least none that I found).

Thai Red Curry Paste
makes about 10 tablespoons

10-12 fresh, hot red long chillies
5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
140g shallots, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh lemon grass, slices thinly
3 thin slices peeled fresh galangal or ginger
1 thin slice of fresh kaffir lime rind
6-8 fresh coriander roots, washed and coarsely chopped
freshly ground white pepper
1/4 tsp shrimp paste or 2 anchovies
1/2 tsp gnd cumin
1/2 tsp gnd coriander
2 Tbspn bright red paprika

Stick everything in a blender with some water and blend to a paste.