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About ejm

I am a freelance musician in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. What I really love is good food, books, movies, gardening (even though I have a black thumb) and bicycle travel. My foodblog is at adventures in food and drink, recipes, disasters, triumphs....

Elbow-Lick Sandwich Bread (BBB January 2019)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Wild Yeast Elbow-Lick Sandwich Bread, based on the recipe for Sweet Potato Onion Bread in “Deep Run Roots” by Vivian Howard; slack dough; to add flour or not to add flour…. a Bread Baking Babes (BBB) project;

Bread Baking Babes’ Elbow-Lick Sandwich Bread, January 2019

This stuff is special-chewy with deep flavor and a dark crust. – Vivian Howard, “Deep Run Roots”, Sweet Potato Onion Bread, p321

Sweet Potato Onion Bread

When I think of a sweet potato, I think of an elongated root with rose skin and orange, mildly sweet, creamy flesh. – Vivian Howard, Sweet Potato Wisdom, Deep Run Roots

Over the spring and summer, in the kitchen as dinner was being prepared, or as we sat out on the porch to drink our morning coffee, we were entranced by our read-aloud book, Vivian Howard’s “Deep Run Roots”. It’s a huge book and takes ages to read aloud and savour the many new ideas. (continue reading )

T’s Shortbread Revisited

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summary: revision of T’s shortbread; rice flour is the key; taking the lead from a recipe in “Beyond the Great Wall” by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford; new fridge magnet; time for more magnetic poetry;

We just finished the last of T’s Christmas shortbread. (Waahhh!! Does that mean Christmas is over? :stomp: :stomp: )

As always, it was great shortbread, even though it was slightly different from previous years. Amazingly, we didn’t take any photos.

But trust me, it looks exactly the same as the earlier versions:

shortbread (continue reading )

Almost Wordless Not-Wednesday: Fruitcake

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One of our friends loves this card – she imagines that she doesn’t like fruitcake.
:lalala: Poor her! :lalala:
:hohoho: She clearly hasn’t tried Mum’s fruitcake! :hohoho:
Christmas Cake

Every year, my sister P sends us cake made from (mostly) Mum’s recipe. We keep the cake until the following Christmas, because aged cake always tastes better. (»»»)

Merry Christmastide to all!

summary: Merry Christmas to all! rationing; feasting anyway; indoor cat goes fishing; Orange Appeal mussels revisited with Pernod replacing the fennel; a tagine is the best;

In keeping with tradition, we like to celebrate Christmas over a number of days. None of this “one night and we’re done” for us!

Yesterday was Boxing Day and I confess that we were very lazy. Except the furry black fiend. He was very busy fishing.

cat fish
furry black fiend

Needless to say, we did not join the silly throngs of lost souls who raced to the shopping malls in search of bargains.

Instead, after a leisurely late breakfast of glorious leftovers, we went out for a stroll through the neighbourhood, remarking on how quiet and calm it was. (continue reading )