Pittaritos and Dips

I'm not sure if I'm legally allowed to call these pittaritos - hopefully this isn't some sort of copyright violation! But they are crispy and triangular, much like a well-known corn-based snack and the name just seems to fit. It sounds zingy and fresh, much like the two dips that go with! These pitta chips … Continue reading Pittaritos and Dips

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Sourdough – the First Bites.

Well the experiment has come to an end. And quite a satisfying one too. Demi delivered on her promise and it was with relief, more than anything, that I laid the table for my family's light tea this evening. The loaf was the centrepiece, the main event, and having cut a few slices I was … Continue reading Sourdough – the First Bites.

Sourdough, Baby. An Experiment – Day Seven.

Blimey, a week has gone by so quickly and it looks like I've got about two more days to go before I can cut myself a fresh sourdough slice. I love the instructions in the book (the fantastic Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding). They tell you just to "MAKE BREAD!". So easy, I thought, so doable. … Continue reading Sourdough, Baby. An Experiment – Day Seven.

Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Six.

Day six. Can you really believe we've got this far? A big thank you to all who have stayed with me. One more day to go before I can make up my first loaf! I can't tell you how excited I am - I realise I have to manage expectations, this may not turn out … Continue reading Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Six.

Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Five.

Things really started happening yesterday evening with Demi, she really started to get a wriggle on. I got back from work and she was at least a third bigger than she was when I had left, that's quite something. She seemed in good spirits - bubbling and frothy. And she smelt great, it was a … Continue reading Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Five.

Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Four.

We're just over the halfway point now, by the end of the week I'll be able to put Demi through her paces and make some bread! Overnight she's started bubbling a little bit more and there's a light froth on her surface (sounds delicious, right?). She smells pretty good - slightly alcoholic, not quite yeasty. … Continue reading Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Four.

Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Three.

Demi looks pretty content right now, she's started to bubble up. She is also developing a rather distinctive smell which may or may not be a good thing, but is certainly interesting. I'm loving this experiment so far, I can only hope she's loving it too! It'll be a few days before we find out … Continue reading Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Three.

Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Two.

I can't say Demi is looking much different from how I left her yesterday. I guess she's flattened down a bit (is that a good thing?) and she has one solitary bubble on her surface, so maybe things are happening! It's what's inside that counts, after all - just because I can't see anything going … Continue reading Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day Two.

Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day One.

A few years back my mum was handed a rather unusual Christmas gift by one of her crochet buddies. We were all rather confused by the small, non-descript Kilner jar filled with frothing greyish paste. The lady who handed it over said it was to be treated like a pet - fed regularly, kept warm … Continue reading Sourdough, Baby! An Experiment – Day One.

Tabbouleh

As mentioned, this tabbouleh has been on its way for a while. It's such a common side in my household that I can't quite remember where our version came from. It's probably mainly based on Ottelenghi's Jerusalem, but as with many things cooked regularly over time it sort of developed a life of its own. It always … Continue reading Tabbouleh