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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....

Virtually Photo-less Not Friday: Tasting Somebody Else’s Sourdough

summary: Saturday mornings at Humber Bay Shores Farmers’ Market; Cheese Boutique; Soul Bread Company; pain au chocolat and almond croissant; sourdough bread; in favour of not-sour bread; it’s Sourdough September; an entry for photo-less Fridays;

I had fallen in love with the sweet, creamy flavor of bread fermented with wild yeast leaven that contradicts the widespread perception of “sourdough.” I wanted anything but sour bread. – Chad Robertson, Tartine Bread, p.28

On a number of Saturday mornings this summer, we have been riding our bikes to the Farmers’ Market at the mouth of the Humber River.

But it’s not really for the farmers’ produce that we’re headed there….

Initially, it was because an up-market cheese store, The Cheese Boutique, has a table there. Each item on the table is sold for $13 (or three items for $30). Last summer we were getting spectacular Butter Cheese, as well as even more spectacular creamy cambozola. The blue cheese was ambrosial and insanely inexpensive. (An inferior cambozola from the Supermarket was priced at over $60 per kilo; the Cheese Boutique special-value cheese worked out to about $25 per kilo!) Early in this summer, there was the most fabulous, perfectly ripe, Aliments du Québec double cream brie, and a delicious goat milk Dutch-style gouda. The beautiful brie disappeared when it got ridiculously hot in July; our favourite butter cheese appeared in August.

At some point in July, we noticed a large line-up at one of the bakery tables: Soul Bread Company. The bread there looked to be wonderful! But we don’ need somebody else’s stink’n’ bread! We bake our own!

The following Saturday, we arrived at the market area a little later – just in time for lunch and we thought it would be fun to try the Soul Bread Company’s bread. Ha. Nice try. They didn’t have any bread left! Not even a few crumbs….

The next Saturday, T put coffee into a thermos and off we rode, making sure to get to the market area first thing. We got the requisite cheese from the Cheese Boutique and then stood in line to get one pain au chocolat and an almond croissant.

We headed over to sit at a table under the shade of the trees near the high waters of the Humber to have breakfast of coffee and still slightly warm, crispy, light pastries.

Oh. My. 8-) 8-)

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This is wild: Popcorn (?!) Bread – (CtB)

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summary: recipe for wild popcorn bread, based on a recipe in “Buttermilk Graffiti” by Edward Lee; extremely late entry for Cook the Books (CtB)

The popcorn bread, which I came up with because I love the tiny bits of detritus at the bottom of a bag of popcorn, reminds me of Irish soda bread, with a slightly nuttier flavor. – Edward Lee, chapter 2: The Pugilist and the Cook, Buttermilk Graffiti, p.42

Popcorn Fougasse

We’ve only just now finished chapter three of Edward Lee’s wonderful book, Buttermilk Graffiti. Note that we’re slow not from lack of interest, but because we want to savour every well-chosen word.

The ice in my whiskey is melting fast, but I don’t mind. I hang on every word [Jack Brady] says while his hand sits on my neck. Bono is blaring away on the jukebox, and the Red Sox game is on the TV. I light Jack’s cigarette, and as he exhales, the last sunlight of the afternoon coming in through the tinted window catches the plumes of smoke like a scen from an old black-and-white movie.
The plate of food has never been the be-all and end-all for me. Quite the opposite: for me, good food is just the beginning of a trail that leads back to a person whose story is usually worth telling.
– Edward Lee, Chapter 2: The Pugilist and the Cook, Buttermilk Graffiti, p.30, 32]

Suddenly, however, when we got to the recipe for Popcorn Bread at the end of chapter two, our pace picked up. (continue reading )

Out in the Wild for Sunshine Bread (BBB August 2019)

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BBB: Let's Keep Baking summary: recipe for Wild Sunshine Bread, baked on the barbecue; sigh – late, again…; unhelpful weather office; information about Bread Baking Babes;

Bread Baking Babes (BBB): Sourdough Sunshine Bread

Let the sun shine in!

When Cathy told us that this month’s BBBabe bread would be, I immediately knew we would be baking it in the barbecue. The shape is perfect.

And excuse me, but I WAS going to be only one day late with this bread. Really, I was.

We arrived home from camping early Friday afternoon; I was all set to build up our starter to bake the bread in time for lunch on Saturday. But it was not to be:

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day!

That’s right. It poured on Friday (but I shouldn’t complain; at least the torrential rains held off until after we had taken down our tent and arrived home!)

But here I am, three days late – better late than never though!

BBB August 2019

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Yet more miracles!!

summary: Borlotti (aka Romano) bean harvest; thieving cat; breaking rules; garden triumphs and failures;

The Swiss chard, Scarlet runner beans, Romano beans, Cranberry beans, and various herbs (including dill that self-seeded!) are doing well. Maybe my thumb is losing some of its black colour and turning green!
– me, blog from OUR kitchen | It’s a miracle!!

We’re going to eat like kings!

Borlotti Beans

Or, rather, we were going to eat like kings….

It’s all the furry black fiend’s doing. (continue reading )