This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Another cooking post.........................

I had another baking day today. I love homemade bread. Well, I just love bread, and butter. Yum, straight out of the oven with gobs of butter. Yes my bread is really only a vehicle for my butter but its nice if the bread is good. I have made both of these breads before because they are easy. I got them a lot better and more tasty this time around. I added more salt to the Artisan bread and it is more dense because I actually had some whole wheat flour this time. It calls for whole wheat and white. So that came out great. I also threw in some dill.
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This bread is dense.It was not quite so much when I used all white flour.
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I did the olive bread before and was not happy with it, it seemed bland so this time I added more garlic and cheese.
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It was yummy, hot from the oven. We will have that tonight with Spaghetti. Can't wait.
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My mum used to make Mince pies and I just loved her pastry. Well I have never found the recipe and never had luck making it. Well I found a shortcrust pastry and tried that one. It was all butter and sugar. Well that was it. It was delicious. Not quite as good as hers but I bet I can work it out with that base.
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Yesterday I opened the jar of mincemeat because I was determined to use it this year one way or other.
So I got my yellow cake mix out and threw in 1/2 the jar of mincemeat. I topped with crystalized brown sugar. In England we call it Demorarah. The spelling is wrong but anyway, its used to top cakes. More like cane sugar. I don't know but here's a picture
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It makes a light fruity cake, tasty.
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I made 4 small loaves. One got eaten right away two I froze. I was going to give one to Laura but she is sick so wont be over today. Pity as I had mince pies too. Anyway, I do have some more mincemeat left so I could make another batch.


  1. Looks good to me.

  2. Janice, you are making me hungry!!! Everything looks so good! You have been a cooking machine! I hope Laura is better! Big Hugs!


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