Sunday, 7 October 2018

Golden October In My Kitchen

Well its Orange October, but its looking more gold, bronze and wood colours in my kitchen.  

Before I share some things in my kitchen, I want to say that October perhaps is my favourite month, as its my husbands birthday in a couple of weeks time and our 10th wedding Anniversary.  I found this birthday card that I gave him last year and couldn't resist sharing it with you all, especially as he loves growing his tomatoes. Every year I grow to love him more. I am going to find it hard to find a card to top this one. 
Last month in IMK, I send out my Thanks to Kath who blogs over at The Ordinary Cook. who sent me some sourdough starter through the post including a recipe booklet that I was able to start learning to make sourdough bread at home.  Kath also runs cookery and bakery classes under Veg Patch Kitchen  in Ironbridge, rural Shropshire.  Although I have not had the opportunity to attend one of her classes yet, it is still thanks to her that I was able to experiment and bake!


I was off last week from work, we didn't go anywhere, so I decided to practice every other day making  sourdough - you know what they say - practice, practice, practice. The crust was light and could have been baked a little longer
And even though there were air pockets inside, it was still a little dense, so it needed proving a bit more. Every time, I learned a bit more on how to improve.  I think I made five sourdough loaves last week.  I think I have this very weekend (see below) made the first sourdough loaf that I am pleased with in golden bake, air bubbles, lightness and taste.

I am thanking both Kath for the sourdough starter and Johanna who blogs over at Green Gourmet Giraffe whose overnight sourdough recipe I have been making. I also feel a lot more confident in maintaining my sourdough starter and feeding it. 

I should mention the edged grooved markings on the sourdough loaf come from my new banneton, which I picked up two weeks ago when we went to Hay on Wye.  
We are enjoying some slices of sourdough bread with mushroom pate, olive pate and a spicy Mexican pate, but also as Pan Con Tomate - Catalan Tomato Bread  or is it  Catalan Pa Amb Tomaquet - bread with tomatoes, whilst we still have some homegrown tomatoes. 
Also on our continued path to reduce plastic in our lives and leading a sustainable life, we picked up this pot brush to replace plastic scrubbies.  



Non-vegans and non-vegetarians please look away, unless your curious.  I made some mock meat with vital wheat gluten to go into home-made sandwiches. 

I harvested some pears from the garden, the first year we have actually had any.  I have run out of glass jars, so was not sure what to do with them.  After looking through some recipe books, I decided on preserving them in some syrup.  

Finally, on my way to the dentist I spotted a Eastern European supermarket.  As I was a bit early for my dental appointment, I went in and picked up a few interesting bits: at the back white wine vinegar which was reasonable priced, some large rice cakes labelled at Wafelki.   Ajvar which I do like and a jar of pickled patty pans.  I was tempted by a few other things, but thought I'd get them on my next visit to the dentist which is next month.


I am sharing this blog post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, where you get an opportunity to take a peek into fellow bloggers kitchen world wide.

20 comments:

  1. The sourdough loaf looks delicious, Shaheen.
    Happy anniversary to both of you!
    Best,
    Chandra

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    1. Thank you Chandra, I came by your blog a little while back and was unable to log onto it - I will come by soon. I hope your well.

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  2. Baking bread is attracting more and more people! Yours looks good, and you must be serious if you are buying equipment like that banneton. The mock meat does not offend me at all. In fact it looks like a French terrine.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae. Yes, I agree that bread making is attracting more and more people, a good thing for sure.

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  3. Your bread looks amazing...and your seitan too...

    ~Have a lovely day!

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  4. Well done on the bread - it looks great - I was quite impressed by the holes in it and I love the banneton pattern - I have never used one but always think they look professional. I like the pot brunch (have wondered how the wood goes with lots of dunking in water) and the pears - and am glad you have found a nice shop by the dentist but hope you get to spend more time shopping and less at the dentist!

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    1. Thank you so much Johanna. I don't know how good quality the banneton is as the grooves do not seem as distinct as the ones I have seen at real bread bakeries, so I will inspect next time. Someone once said to me a proper baker never washes his trays etc. I have only used a damp cloth on my banneton to clean it rather than drenching in water all the time after ever use.

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  5. Congratulations on your sourdough bread. I've never had any luck with it and I don't eat enough bread to justify continual practise. Never mind!
    Yours looks absolutely wonderful.
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much Joy. We eat bread mostly over the w/e, so its worth it.

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  6. Shaheen, your love story was wonderful -- cute card, too! Congratulations in advance on your upcoming 10th anniversary, xo. Your sourdough skills are "proving" themselves with each loaf and I loved your pate' toppers. Yum! I also think you've discovered a painless way to visit the dentist. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Kim, very kind of you.

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  7. congrats for your 10th anniversary. good work!:) love all your bread. Your pears in syrup look really lovely. how was the mock meat? tasty i hope. the wooden pot scraper looks the business. have a fab month. cheers sherry

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    1. Thank you so much Sherry. The mock meat was actually very good. I will be blogging about it v. soon.

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  8. Wonderful looking sourdough and I am envious of those preserved pears. I think I might have to put up a batch while the season is upon us. Your card gave me a giggle, lucky of you to have found one that is so appropriate.

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    1. Thank you so much Liz. I am pleased with the preserved pears, but also nervous as how long they will keep as its the first time I have made them this way.

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  9. I'm a bit of a fan of October too - something about the change in weather and the added cosiness. I'm in awe of your sourdough progress - those loaves are something else!

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    1. Yay for October Joey. Yes, the cosy nature of autumnal weather is what appeals, I think and the colours. Yes the sourdough skills are improving, but I haven't quite cracked it - I am sure it will take many months of practice still. I am enjoying it though.

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  10. You always make my mouth water with your photos....

    Happy October! Yay for milestones to celebrate!

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