27th September 2012 Helen

My last sourdough starter was a bit neglected, became a bit furry and was then very binned! I’m starting again and my wild yeast is fermenting as of about 5 minutes ago! That sounds terribly dodgy. Suffice it to say, nice bread follows!

26th September 2012 Helen

I love reading recipes. When I was expecting my son, I used to have these odd bouts of insomnia in my second trimester. I used to come downstairs, make hot milk and read cook books. My logic was that I’d get tired, not engrossed like you would with a book / TV and it wouldn’t keep me awake. In reality I wandered around sleepy, starving and may, just may, have put on a massive amount of baby weight! Like four stone massive! Ah well, it all had a happy ending and, though the baby weight melted slowly, I have found…

13th July 2012 Helen 1Comment

One of the nicest memories  I have from my Granny’s kitchen is the smell of warm Irish Soda bread and apple pies and the almost-too-hot-heat of the Aga.  One of my worst is fresh (I mean fresh), warm milk from a bucket, from a cow who had barely made it out of the milking parlour! Anyhoo, sticking with the nice stuff, we’ve been trying out a load of Irish Soda Bread recipes this Summer and our favourite is from The River Cottage Family Cook Book.  We love ‘yeasty’ breads but sometimes you can’t beat the convenience of one you don’t have…