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Sourdough Crumpets

Terence needed feeding and i didn’t want to waste the ‘other bit’ so i thought i’d give these a go last night:

Sourdough Crumpets Recipe from Chocolate and Zucchini

Sourdough crumpets. Easy to make and amazingly tasty. My sourdough is pretty much wholemeal at the moment so i went for wholemeal crumpets. They were delicious. Terence seems to have a really nice fruity taste. i’m not finding it all that sour as a starter but it is definitely more tasty than your average yeast-based breads.


Today i received a cheesemaking kit and a few cheesmaking books.

I think this could become the beginning of a marvellous adventure.


Xmas Barbeque

This year my mum decided that she wanted a barbeque for xmas day. After a lot of deliberating we finally settled on ‘yes lets do it’. Between me and my brother we conjured up a few recipes ourselves and from online, and Lucy made a handful of canapes. It all went down a treat with lots of leftovers (as is traditional…). Lots of further drinking and suchlike made for a very different but happy (if a bit chaotic) xmas day.

Things we made:

  • Nut Roast Burgers
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Rosemary Potatoes (wrapped in foil and stuffed into the coals)
  • Glazed parsnips and carrots
  • Veg stuffing (apricot and chestnut)
  • Meat stuffing
  • Sproutslaw
  • Couscous with pistachios, chick peas and pomegranate seeds
  • Cranberry & chilli salsa

Third Time (un)lucky

Still struggling with the timings. This third loaf was split into two and put into a tin.

I ran into quite a few issues this time. Namely:

  • forgot to put the salt in
  • didn’t prove it very long in the third stage
  • didn’t adjust the baking time for the smaller loaves.

unfortunately, it was baked for some xmas day canapes and was pretty much impossible to cut by that time so we used some part-baked rolls instead…

Second in Line

This time it worked much better. I went for a normal white bread this time.

A little heavy, but definitely manageable as a bread. I think the timings need a bit of work, particularly letting he final stage prove for longer but it was a perfectly acceptable loaf.

We ate it for breakfast for the next few days and then made a lovely camembert, beetroot hummus and cucumber sandwich for lunch on the friday.

Terence’s First Son

At the early hours of this morning i returned home after a big night out and bake Terence’s first loaf. Unfortunately, from a mix of too much alcohol, tiredness from work and maybe other factors, he didn’t make it. I woke up on the sofa a couple of hours after putting him in the oven to find him burnt to a big black ball.

No good.

I must try to get my timings down, sourdough seems simple in idea but complicated in trying to fit it around a busy life.


Today Terence was born. He was started with a Rye Bread Flour.

After reading various different blogs online and lots of articles, from complicated to simple, i went for the simple route – just rye flour and water.

Hopefully it works.

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