Not-Quite-Wordless B&W Not-Quite-Wednesday: I love Summer Lawn Sales!

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Yesterday was the annual Elm Grove Street Festival and Sale. In spite of the fact that it was pouring with rain, we had a lovely plate of delicious paella cooked over wood fire (why oh why didn’t we bring our camera to take a picture of the wonderful paella pan??).
Afterwards, we got our umbrellas out of our bike paniers and strolled past stands covered with plastic to get for $1 (one dollar!!!) a cane brotform in mint condition. I don’t think it has ever been used.


In the past, on the rare occasions that I’ve had the nerve to proof a shaped loaf in a basket, I’ve lined a wicker bread basket or a sieve with a floured teatowel. It’s worked not too badly but the final decorative markings aren’t very dramatic…. But I’m thinking that this cane brotform will work fabulously!

experiments with Irfanview:


summary: Lawn Sale Brotform; entry for Black and White Wordless Not-Wednesday; experimenting with sepia and black & white on a colour image. (Photos taken on FujiFilm S3100 digital camera. Then using Irfanview, I desaturated by 100% to remove the colour, then upped the contrast and added -1R, 1G and 3B. To create the sepia version, I altered the colour again by adding 20R, 5G and -10B) Please click on images to see larger views and more photos.

I just looked online and see that this basket would cost US$20 plus US$4 shipping plus duty OR if I was idiotic enough to order it from King Arthur flour: US$30 + US$28(!!) shipping OR with Golda’s Kitchen, Cdn$30 plus Cdn$6.95 +$0.25/kg

I think I got a good price… I can’t wait to try it out! I’m headed into the kitchen now to mix a starter.





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1 response to “Not-Quite-Wordless B&W Not-Quite-Wednesday: I love Summer Lawn Sales!

  1. Lynne

    Seeing your brotform image reminded me that I have never used mine, so I’ve dug it out of its hiding place to use! Lovely image in black and white. Thanks for submitting to BWW#89

    Thank YOU for hosting, Lynne. I had never used a real brotform before and took the plunge the other day. I rice-floured it liberally before putting the shaped round in the form and was thrilled at how easily the risen loaf just plopped right out of the form! I hope you have the same experience with yours. -Elizabeth


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