Sunday, August 2, 2015

Crusty white loaf...

I have been itching to try my cane bannetons that I first saw on http://shadybaker.blogspot.com.au
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I purchased them from


I had seen pictures of these forms and had always thought they were made of clay but in fact they are cane.
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Before use, the bannetons need to be conditioned.  Using a spray bottle of water, lightly spray the inside then dust with a bit of flour then tip out the excess...
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Now it is ready to use.  Next time, I'll repeat the process so there is always a film of flour on it.
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I made my dough (after pulling a clanger with the first batch - I couldn't work out why the dough wasn't coming together in my mixer - it was so dry! Maybe it was something to do with the fact I had left out 200mls of water). Anyway, the next batch was good.
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After 45 minutes rising...
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I tipped it out onto kitchen paper and let it rise a further 25 mintes while my dutch oven heated up in a 230C oven...
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I plopped it in and put the lid on...
30 minutes in that hot oven...
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After 30 minutes, now leave the lid off and bake another 15 minutes...
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....and ta dah!
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A lovely loaf...
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Now, where's the butter and Vegemite??
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Cheers - Joolz xx
 

 
 
 

Sunday morning catch up...

It's been a long week! A cold, busy, can't wait for Friday week! Thank God It's Friday!

My junk food of choice when I dine alone is Macaroni Cheese Deluxe - my guilty pleasure!
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My sister, Leanne had her birthday yesterday so I made Melting Moments to have at afternoon tea.
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They turned out perfectly...
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When I went to find something for dinner, I noticed the butcher in Woolies was reducing packs of meat.  I hung back a bit then when he'd finished, I snapped up these 2 packs of lamb shanks - out at half price!
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This my own recipe for Moroccan lamb shanks - 1 onion, carrot and stick of celery, diced; a can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of water, 250gms medjool dates and then sprinkle with 2-3 tblspn moroccan spice mix and the same of brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper.  I set my slow-cooker on low at 2pm and crossed my fingers....
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When I got home at 7pm, Gus had the potatoes on steaming for mash and I did some peas.  It was delicious, sweet and spicy.  I'll be making that recipe again!
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So here we are and it's Sunday again.  I hope to make bread this afternoon, using my new banettons that I bought. I'll show you them later....

Cheers - Joolz xx


 
 
 

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The cold continues...

It's 10C outside, the sun has just come out but it's icy cold!  I know what I'd like to do today ... stay in, pottering, knitting, tidying, washing ... but I have to go to work. Bring on the weekend!
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Sticky pork chops ...
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I saw this game on Miss Chardy's blog - went online on Monday and it was delivered Wednesday! My girls will love it!
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One of my birthday gifts was this tub of Daffodils from my sister, Fred. I mentioned last year that I didn't have any daffs in the ground so she potted some up for me. They popped this week!
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A rainbow over the house across from our dealership, couldn't resist taking the photo...
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Better get going, what are you up to today?
Cheers - Joolz xx


 
 
 

 
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Jelly Cakes and Chicken Biryani...



I've never had much luck making cupcakes.  They tend to fall flat or overflow or brown too much.  My sister gave me her recipe for her All in Together cake which she uses when making jelly cakes.
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The cakes turned out quite well but were a little flat.  Lucky it doesnt matter once you dip them in cold, near to setting jelly then roll them in coconut.  These were the prettiest six - the others were a bit uglier but hey! - close your eyes and they taste the same.
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I put them all in the freezer as soon as they were finished - after I piped cream inside - (you should have seen the mess with all that coconut!). They are going to work for smoko (my belated offering for my birthday). They will have thawed by smoko time and ready to eat, lovely and cold.
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I tried another curry last night.  I had watched Rick Stein's India on Saturday afternoon and he made a Chicken Biryani.  It looked so good I had to make it!  This is the spice mix of green chillies, garlic, ginger, Kasmiri chilli powder, coriander, turmeric which is mixed with natural yoghurt to marinate the chicken in...
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I trimmed the chicken thighs to get rid of any excess fat and chopped each into about 6 pieces.
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This is the finished biryani. In there is layers of fluffy basmati rice, drizzled with saffron milk and rosewater then the chicked is laid on the rice, sprinkled with crispy fried onions then the layer is repeated.  It is then baked a further 30 minutes to heat it all through so it is steaming. Finally topped with roasted cashews and pistachio nuts...
It was so good!
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Served with a cucumber mint raita, I think its one of my favourite curry recipes so far.
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Cheers - Joolz xx

 
 
 


 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Beetroot...

I got the beetroot on boiling at 8.30 this morning...
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Beetroot boilng away and so was the vinegar pickling mix...
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Cooked until just tender...
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Looks like a massacre happened in my kitchen!
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Seven lovely jars of beetroot...
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I'll squish these into my pantry cupboard to pickle for 3-4 weeks then I will do a taste test...
Cheers - Joolz xx


 

Crusty Bread...

Rhonda Jean at Down To Earth 

had this great bread recipe in her Weekend Reading list so I mixed it up, late last night.  Here's the link to the video...

 
The bread dough was all bubbly this morning...
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Ready to turn out onto the floured cloth to shape gently into a ball...
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...and onto some baking paper to rise for 30 minutes (while my LeCreuset dutch oven heats up in the oven to 230 degrees)...
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Now the pan is piping hot, drop the dough in and put the lid on...
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After 30 minutes with the lid on, now take the lid off...
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Give it another 15-20 minutes and then its done!
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My mother-in-law gave me this cake stand for my birthday - lucky much?
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It is a great loaf and will be so good for my toast in the morning.  I will definitely be baking this again and will try some of the flavour combinations next time.
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Cheers - Joolz xx
 
 
 
 
 

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