Gone Fishing!…with a Piece of Bread: A Versatile White Loaf

It is, indeed, highly unlikely that people living with a baker would ever complain about one’s obsession with baking bread. There is a whole life-worth of additional values to this activity than the simple (though priceless) pleasure of eating the baked good. Being together when it is made, sharing recipes, quality time whilst waiting for […]

Not Just a Simple Cheese, Rosemary and Garlic Cracker but a Painting of Nature

  A good recipe is way beyond just being a reflection of the knowledge and experience of its author. A good recipe is respect towards the ingredients, it is love for the human kind and it is a tribute to all the hard work behind the recipes roots and inspiration: starting from the farmer, following […]

Cottage Cheese Brown Bread Twist

“I like reality that tastes like bread.” – Jean Anouilh While most cheese hardly has a reputation as a diet food, cottage cheese has long been a staple in many health conscious diets. It has a higher gluten and a lower fat content than any of the other cheeses, however – due to its texture […]

TexMex Corn Bread

Mexican cuisine, just as all others around the world,  is a fusion of indigenous cooking with flavours and elements(ingredients) added through history in all the centuries. However, due to their deep respect of origin, roots and traditions, for Mexicans the basic staples remain the native foods such as corn, beans and chili peppers. The Europeans, mainly Spanish introduced a […]

Sweet Design: My Sugarpaste Sunflower

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   “A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without  love.” – Max Muller    “There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the  greatest of creation’s braggart lords.” – John Muir 

Bread Shape Tutorial

Bread can take just about any shape the baker desires, from classic baguettes to modern sandwich  loaves. It’s hard to learn how to shape loaves from  written descriptions, however, pictures can give a good guidance to the adventurous bread maker. Before one shapes the dough, one needs to pre-shape it first. There  are two basic pre-shapes. The first, […]

Mixed Method Baguette

“All sorrows are less with bread.”  Miguel de Cervantes Life is a combination of magic and bread. Franz Kafka, the famous writer said: “So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all the questions for the time being.” Therefore, baking bread has to carry the qualities of a life-solving activity. It […]

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Ginger Biscuits

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw   Simple pleasure of life…chocolate and biscuit (let alone chocolate biscuit) must be amongst those.  When one is allergic to both, or components of both, substitution becomes one’s speciality, one’s art. In total agreement with Dolly Parton, who said “My weaknesses have […]

Hearthy Treacle Sourdough

Black treacle is any un-crystallized syrup made during the refining of sugar. Whilst regular molasses is the first or second boiling of cane sugar syrup, black treacle is the third boiling of the syrup. Iron levels appear to increase 5% in the third boiling. Scientists from La Trobe University, Australia, have found that eating treacle is a way to inhibit the absorption of calories. […]

Blanket on Fire – Mini Chilli Batards with a Rice Paste Coating

“Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a  forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.” Denis Waitley All the wondering, excitement-seeking, bored butterflies of the night who are kept awake by the constant drive of pursuing a better life, a bit of […]