Bread making continued and a cookbook review


I let the first rise go 9 hours then preheated the oven to 475 for an hour. I made the nice round boule and let it rise while the oven preheated. So it really only needs that hour. I put it on parchment and voila. It worked great.  So this is not the sourdough which didnt rise as nicely.  I’m going to work on the ratio of sourdough and water and I may add a tiny bit of yeast ans wee how that goes.


no knead bread!!!

img_0165It’s also Friday night pizza so the dough is made.

The book review is of “A Modern Way to Cook” by Anna Jones.9780399578427.jpeg

It is a vegetarian cookbook with quite lovely pictures. Unfortunately, the recipes are quite weird and seem to be odd combinations. Such as charred celery root steaks. Humm, not sure about that.

I did like how she separated recipes by time, such as ‘ready in twenty, or forty minute feasts’.

It just didn’t seem to have appealing ingredients in the recipes. I mean what is ‘sumac yogurt’??

So, get this one from the library and save your money on something you will make recipes out of.

This book was given to me  by blogging for books in exchange for my honest opinion.


The week ahead.

So, I forgot about simple Sunday,as I was in the middle of making bread, cleaning, reading and do some decluttering. I’m back to bread making as our weather is so much cooler. It has been really lovely. But sunrise and sunset are later and earlier. We’re sitting out by the fire again and then I’m coming in to watch a show @ 8pm.  I finished Grantchester which was great. If you  like Acorn/BBC, it’s excellent. Then  we watched Stranger Things, a  Netflix original. Just okay, if you don’t like supernatural stuff, just skip it.

I’m making the sourdough no knead bread. the loaf I made yesterday was kinda flat, but the taste was so good. I watched you tube on the bread making and someone used a bread basket thing to do the final rise in. This is quite a wet dough so I think just leaving it on the bread board for the final rise didn’t work out. So today I have it in a bowl and then will roll out. I might see how much one of the bread basket things are. I also forgot to put the cast iron pot in the oven to preheat and that’s probably why it didn’t puff up. Right now I have it in there for 40 minutes.  So, it came out pretty flat again, and I think the water/sourdough/flour ratio is off. I checked Jim Layey’s bread and it’s about 1/4 less liquid, and I’m guessing that’s it. The taste is terrific ,though.

I’m in the kitchen zone this week. Always my biggest area as its cleaning the stove cabinets, refrigerator etc.  I’m getting ready to go start it.

Then I need to go into town to the store for a few things. My daughter and I are doing a mini get away up to Quincy to Ada’s. So  since there’s a kitchen we’ll do a grilled chicken, mac and cheese and a wedge salad. So I need to get the items for this.

Then I went out to the barn yesterday and I’m trying to get memorabilia down to one bin instead of two. Also, I’m going to be ruthless with the Life magazines. I need to get it to maybe 4 bins. Right now it’s down to 8. since I started with 40, I guess that’s good. I wish I could find a collector who loves them as much as I do.

I just read ” Cooking for Picasso”. Its a pretty good book about a young girl who cooks for Picasso when he escaped from Paris for personal reasons. He’s about 55 at this point and quite famous. She’s about 17 and of course becomes enamoured.  It’s an interesting read and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Now I’m reading another Icelandic mystery by Indridason.   this writer is AMAZING. I read every word and for me that’s unusual.

51buKngrBPL.jpgCheck out his books. i just saw he put one out this year.


Update continued

I didn’t really finish everything so, I have a loaf of no knead bread rising. I made it yesterday. It’s the jim lahey recipe which makes a beautiful boule type loaf.

i can’t decide to go to Costco today. I need stuff but don’t feel like going that far. I need some stuff but our local store is just down our hill. I used to walk there all the time. Going down was fine but our hill is like a 45 degree angle so coming up was and is a killer.

all our big expenses are done, and so now it’ll be save, save save. The only things coming up are my daughters birthday ( I already got her a rain jacket ,) and I’ll get her one more thing or a gift card to old navy.

i had a not so nice time at the library the other day and here’s why. Our library is switching over to a new computer system so IT was there when I opened, but nothing had been completed so it was kinda a mess cuz I couldn’t do anything and they just sort of went really slow and not sure exactly what they were doing. Ok but here’s the rub. I work as extra help. I get paid less than 10 an hour, but I do all the work of a permenant employee but with out any benefits. This library really doesn’t treat it’s pages very well. Many come and go. That’s ok overall, it’s just they don’t really give us the respect we deserve. Especially when we run the small branches. Yes, there is a branch manager but she’s not always there . In another story, I should have been this branch manager but because a long time ago they wanted to cater to someone who shall not be named they combined 2 small branches to make it a full time job. It was in my opinion a big mistake. But being that’s what it is and I cannot work full time I got thrown out of the mix, and now, well I’m just too old to be hired in any capacity. So, back to the the story. So ,,I get a ‘ generic log in’ that’s for pages. I’m told I cannot use the other computer as that’s for the ‘ permenant staff, and I need to ‘ log off ‘ when I go well, BS to that. Then after our branch manager gets there, he runs over and whispers( yet I hear) this is your password, no one can see or use it ( meaning me). Believe me you could see steam coming out of my head. I grabbed my stuff, as my shift was almost over, walked out without even saying good bye. I was so pi#*#* ed. Well, I can get worked up over things, but still it was likes secret society because your not a permanent employee .

So, so, I’m  back to feeling, ok this is my little job that I love. I’d like to keep working at least another year if my health allows, but I certainly won’t do anything extra at all.