Josh and I take turns cooking dinner and on Tuesdays I cook and we always have soup, which is much nicer with home-made bread.
Sometimes we have slices of freshly made granary or wholemeal bread but there is something special about having individual mini-loaves. Josh doesn’t really care for caraway seeds so though these are delicious, next time I’ll leave out the caraway.
It’s taken some time since my heart attack at the beginning of August to get back into everything I did before. Obviously, I tire more easily and it’s more difficult to concentrate.
But last week I settled down to refilling the freezer with a variety of home-baked loaves. Of course, it doesn’t taste as good when it’s been frozen but I always have a thin slice of one of the ends while the bread is still fresh and warm.
I still mix the dough in my good old Panasonic SD-ZB2502 bread maker but prove and bake the bread in my fan oven. I don’t like the tall slices you get when you bake bread in the machine and I think it tastes better my way.
The great thing about having lost so much weight, when I was unconscious and fed by a naso-gastric tube, is that I don’t have to watch what I eat as much. I still try to eat healthily, though.
Our son, Simon, says that we have too many kitchen gadgets but I don’t think that’s possible. For me it’s like not being able to be Too Rich or Too Thin!!
When I was cooking today, I realised just how many of the kitchen tools I use everyday came from Lakeland – including some they no longer stock like the little pyramidal plastic pots I use to freeze aliquots of lemon or lime juice or herbs. We were delighted when Lakeland opened a branch in Centre Court Mall in Wimbledon. Whatever we go there to buy we end up buying more.
Joshua didn’t really approve of the fact that though these bowls and plates look like Spanish pottery they’re made of Melamine – but who cares? We’ve had our recent share of breakages and I found the small bowls on the left irresistible!!
One of the reasons I always liked to go to Carrefour in Bayonne when we went to visit Louise in San Sebastian, was to buy Francine Farine aux Cereales (Granary flour) and packets of their salad seeds but then I found that Sainsbury’s Wholegrain Seeded bread flour and Lidl Wholefood Seed Mix were pretty well as good.
I recently saw the Francine logo in the flour section in Waitrose but it was to find that they stock the bread mix not the flour. However I thought I would give it a try – after all you just tip the contents into your loaf tin, add cold water, put your loaf tin into your bread machine and 4 hours later you have a crusty loaf.
To my taste, the resulting loaf was a bit too salty and at £1.89 more expensive than combining my own ingredients but great as a standby.
Time to start replenishing our stock of home-made bread. I mix the dough in my Panasonic SD-ZB2502 bread maker but prove and bake my bread in a loaf tin. I find that loaves baked in bread makers are too tall. I prefer a more manageable slice and I think this method makes a lighter loaf, though it’s more work and not as automatic.
We eat half whilst it’s fresh and freeze the other half – not as good as absolutely fresh from the oven but lots better than store-bought