Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Things that make me happy: 2

I love making bread!  When our last bread making machine broke (we've worn out a couple over years!), I started making the dough in my Kenwood Chef.  I just pile in the the ingredients: 

 150g strong white flour
 500g brown flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp brown sugar
 1 sachet of dried yeast
 1 tbsp sunflower oil
 14 fl.oz of warm water

 and then turn it on!  There's something quite reassuring about the clunking and rocking of my trusty, old machine as it sets to work turning the ingredients into a dough.  I let the machine have its turn at kneading and then I always like to give it a go myself so I tip the warm dough onto a lightly oiled work surface for a few minutes kneading by hand...nothing beats it for removing the stresses of the day!  Using an oiled surface was a tip that I picked up recently from a repeat of Great British Bake works a treat, so much better than using flour!

Put the dough back in the bowl and leave to rise.

Then, when the bowl is filled with pillowy dough, comes the joy of knocking it back and kneading again before shaping into a loaf or rolls.

Leave to rise again.  Then bake - Gas 7, 30 minutes for a loaf and 20 minutes for rolls - and enjoy the lovely smell that fills the house!

Last night's loaf!

The happiness continues...

with a big bite from a door step of sandwich made with last night's loaf....delicious!


Monday, 25 February 2013

Things that make me happy: 1

Happy Monday...the beginning of shiny, new week so full of possibilities!

Primulas just fill my heart with joy!

55 pence for a pot of sheer delight!

What's making you feel happy today?


Sunday, 24 February 2013


 Without really thinking about it, I seem to be enjoying a lot of purple at the moment:

new towels

a work in progress for the studio
purple sprouting broccoli
and, very sad I know, but I'm even enjoying using my new, purple floor makes such light work of picking up all the bits and pieces on the studio floor!