Headless chicken

More mail from Bakery Bits today (I split my parcels down to avoid excessive courier charges) including Aroma Pannetone and some of that crunchy pearl sugar…

I may never make Pannetone. I may. Perhaps. Whether I do or not, I am fascinated by the essence and its blend of citrus flavours and vanilla. I want to play with it, though it may only end  up in a tea cake or a Chelsea Bun, or a sponge cake… my vision still requires me to obtain that whole candied peel that I have been seeking but fruitlessly (ah, punny!) and the stoned Muscatel raisins.

Today I am very busy in the kitchen. I have a Focaccia rising for our pasta lunch. I am short of white bread flour so this version is being made with some Pepper and Basil flour that I had to hand. A probable error, as I have fresh rosemary in the house and a plain Focaccia would have been wonderful.

There is a Maslin pan on the stove, softening a kilo and a half of onions –  more on that later.

I have yet to make up my pastry mix for tomorrow’s mince pies.

All this, and yet I  still hope to make a malt loaf for tea.

Wish me luck!

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Here, there, everywhere – and nowhere at all

Here, there, everywhere – and nowhere at all

Where do all these yawning gaps come from? Aha – this time I have the answer – I have been busy updating Scattered Thoughts! After a couple of very long posts, time and energy were lacking for coming here to write and as little else had happened other than a shopping delivery or two, it seemed unimportant.Also spending far too much time at Facebook, which I am trying to give up but it keeps onContinue readingHere, there, everywhere – and nowhere at all

The Cold Light of Day

The Cold Light of Day

Nell’s excessive drinking and urination have ramped up considerably. Hence I was outside at a little past 2 am this morning, by which time the car was already covered in a sparkling frost. On the 6 am toilet run, the world was looking fairly well white all over (as viewed through the window from my bed, that is). When we first came house-hunting around here there was snow on the ground (apparently a once inContinue readingThe Cold Light of Day

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 29, 2020 at 12:12PM

It’s mass migration time! #livereportingfromtheroad #france #autumn2020 #thelockdowndash

October 29, 2020 at 10:24AM

An interesting morning. Up and at ’em we went to Intermarché to fuel up and to buy some food for when we arrive home. They were queuing outside the door for what appeared to be controlled entry. There were queues for fuel too. “We’re not that desperate” we said and set off for home. It… Continue reading October 29, 2020 at 10:24AM

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