Maybe one day, I’ll master scoring.
– me, blog from OUR kitchen | Adventures in Scoring (BBB August 2020)
Bread Baking Buddies: BBB Adventures in Scoring, August 2020
Since posting about the BBBabes’ August 2020 project, when not distracted by making pebble bread or naan on the barbecue, I’ve tried a couple more times to improve my scoring skills.
I imagined that my earlier failures were due to baking the bread in the barbecue. But even baking Tartine Bread in the combo-cooker in the oven didn’t really improve anything. It is only with squinting and putting the bread in exactly the right light that the pattern was even remotely visible. The most recent endeavour was such a disaster that I didn’t bother getting the camera out. (The bread was good though….)
Clearly, I have a LONG way to go.
Read on to see that others, however, are well on their way. (continue reading )
Chili in the morning. Chili in the evening. Chili at suppertime….
I love August with the sudden embarrassment of riches: zucchini, Swiss chard, corn, peaches, plums, tomatoes, beans, blackberries… and, of course, peppers. And not just those lovely shepherd peppers. I’m talking about devilish little peppers.
A couple of weeks ago, our wonderful neighbour called over the fence to us: “Hey!! You’re letting me down. There are lots of red chilis that need cutting.”
I had been monitoring the chilis. I really had. Or at least I thought I had. But even though we have all the time in the world these days, it has a way of ticking by. (continue reading )
I keep forgetting to rave about a new (for us) way to show off cherry tomatoes: Flash-frying!
Cherry tomatoes are wonderful this way. Sure, they’re cooked, but they still retain their sweet freshness. Actually, they seem to get even sweeter.
We first discovered this in early July (with many thanks to my sisters and our nephew!), before garden tomatoes were even close to being ripe here.
That’s right, these were made with store bought cherry tomatoes. You know the kind. They look good. But they don’t have the intense wonderful flavour that garden-ripened tomatoes have. (continue reading )
It has now been more than 5 months that we have been “staying at home”. Yes, we can leave the house to go for walks and bicycle rides. And we can also go to stores – as long as we wear our masks and stay at least 2 meters away from anyone not in our bubble. And the library is now lending hardcover books with curb-side pickup only. But it looks like I might be losing what’s left of my mind.
A couple of weeks ago, when the library finally started the curb-side pickup for hardcopy books, we borrowed a copy of “Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus” by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford.
Samarkand—the turquoise city
For centuries, the fabled city Samarkand has been a magnet for merchants, travellers, and conquerors. Its name resonates like those of only a handful of other ancient cities, perhaps Babylon, Rome, or Jerusalem. Say it out loud and it rolls off the tongue: Samarkand. It is seductive.
– Caroline Eden, Introduction, p7
It is the most wonderful book about the “inextricable link between food and travel” and the delicious offerings from Central Asia with its “dazzling bazaars, golden bread, and a blanket of stars“. The photographs – which include tantalizing views of various places in Central Asia and the Caucasus mostly taken by Caroline Eden, Eleanor Ford, or Christopher Herwig, as well as Laura Edward’s stunningly beautiful food shots – draw you in, but Caroline Eden’s essays and Eleanor Ford’s recipes hold you there.
The book is only available in hardcover. There is no paperback (not even trade paperback) or e-book version. To look at, on first glance and leafing through, the book is beautiful and appears perfectly laid out. (continue reading )