Sunday, August 3, 2014

In My Kitchen, August 2014

Here we are again in my kitchen and this month there is a lot of bread happening.  My friend Paula gave me two kilograms of fresh yeast.  As most home bakers know, this is an enormous amount of yeast.  I have tried my hardest to make a dint in it.


Mouthful/handful size panini rolls made with yeasted olive oil dough.  These were soft and easy for the little people to handle.  


A yeasted white loaf which almost turned into a high top.  Once again, this was a hit with the kids.  


Kipfler potatoes from the patch where we grew potatoes last year.  We either missed them last year or they continued to produce.  Either way, they were a happy discovery.


This cauliflower weighed in at just over four kilograms.  Although it looks like two separate heads, they were actually growing together.  I see cauliflower soup in my future.    


I recently purchased some beautiful fresh pecan nuts, still in their shells from Elina at the Sunraysia Farmers Market.  Before they all disappeared I wanted to bake something special with them.  So, I invented this sourdough loaf containing currants, sultanas, barberries, dried figs and pecan nuts.  While it was still warm the loaf received a generous honey glaze. This turned out to be comforting winter food at its best.  

 

Are you baking or inventing?  I hope so!
Are you keeping warm?  
Thanks for calling in, I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

I am linking up with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  

Lastly, Katie and Reuben have kindly hosted me on their blog House of Humble.  Take a peek.  

56 comments:

  1. always so inspirational Jane :) I am making the most of the glorious day to attend to a very neglected garden ... and trying to prune Icebergs that still have flowers and ALL their leaves .I am also going to admit I am looking for the warmer days and my shorts, I don't like winter.. but it has definitely been made more pleasant this year with the addition of a 'Coonara" in our kitchen/ living area. I wish I lived closer to sample all that delicious looking bread, you are so inventive .. happy baking .. Ewe Beauty .

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    1. Thanks Trish, so lovely to hear from you! My Icebergs still have flowers and leaves too...and they need pruning! Oh, a new Coonara, that is good news x

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  2. Oh look at that bread - making me hungry right now! :)

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    1. Bread has that effect on me too Naomi!

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  3. two kilos of fresh yeast! you'd have to be baking for the whole of australia jane..the bread you've made looks great
    as usual..and your vegetables look so healthy..what are you feeding them? x

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    1. Thanks Jane...I know, it is a huge amount of yeast isn't it? I feed my vegetables Seasol every fortnight and put plenty of of chook, horse and sheep manure in the soil before planting x

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  4. Oh pecan nuts. The old dairy farm where I used to work had a beautiful pecan tree and hundreds of nuts lay underneath it ready to be collected. The flavour of these freshly cracked nuts is amazing.
    Just checked out the Farmers market website.. these markets look amazing. Do you make it to them often?
    x

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    1. Oh that pecan tree sounds like it should be in a blog post Zara! This is a really good market but unfortunately we only get there once or twice a year. You could honestly buy something from every stall and it would be delicious and great quality. Mildura has a wonderful food community x

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  5. Jane that fruit and nut sourdough sounds (and looks) like a cracker. Yum, slapped in butter please :-)

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    1. Oh yes, butter goes without saying Brydie x

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  6. Jane
    Love you to do a post on sourdough, I just made my first batch, from my starter yeast and sadly it was a failure. Way too wet and I'm not sure why:(

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    1. Thanks so much Erin, but honestly I don't think I have much to add to the mountains of material available online and in books regarding sourdough. Celia's blog (Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, linked at the bottom of this post) is full of useful, practical bread knowledge.

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  7. That pecan loaf looks so delicious, I am seriously going to pick up some seeds and nuts and get a loaf going tomorrow!

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    1. Great idea! Thanks for calling in.

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  8. I love that pecan sourdough loaf- as well as all your other baked treats. Your home grown vegies look very tasty too. F

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  9. Wow Jane, that is an enormous amount of yeast!!! But your bakery creations look delicious, as does your produce straight from the garden. I am afraid I cheated on my bread making this month - my local Greek baker is just too good!! Xx

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    1. Thanks Mrs M. I know, it is a ridiculous amount for even the keenest home baker! If I had a wonderful Greek baker nearby I would be a regular too! x

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  10. Fresh yeast isn't so easy to get your hands on and then when you do, like whats happened to you, you end up with so much of it! I wish you could buy smaller portions in the supermarkets... I love a fresh loaf of bread straight out of the oven, still warm so salty butter melts on it and drips down your chin and coats your lips like lip gloss... mmm yum!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. I am unable to buy fresh yeast locally. This is exactly why I ended up with so much...my friend travelled 'away', found a bulk deal on yeast and bought it. I wish for small portions at the supermarket too!

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  11. Jane I think home grown cauliflowers are the best... so flavoursome and so different to the bought ones! Love the look of all your artisan bread too!

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, cauliflower and white sauce was on the menu tonight :)

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  12. we are having cauliflower soup with our home grown caulis tonight for dinner. Tell me about fresh yeast...I have always used dried. Does it make better bread?

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    1. Your soup sounds lovely Kim. To be honest I am not particularly familiar with fresh yeast as I usually bake sourdough bread with no yeast at all. But, I have had success with fresh yeast for more delicate baking...croissants for example. Truly, I am undecided about which is better, fresh or dried.

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  13. 2kg of yeast! That's an enormous amount. Will you freeze some of it? I've never seen pecan nuts in their shells as we just get them shelled in cellophane packets here; your loaf looks delicious (obviously all your bread looks fab).

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    1. Great question Anne...I have no idea? Would you freeze it? The pecans are lovely and now I am seriously considering planting a tree or two myself. Apparently they are very large trees but we have plenty of room.

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    2. Yes, I'd freeze it. I used to divide it into small amounts and freeze - always worked OK.

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    3. Thanks Anne - consider it frozen!

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  14. Yes, that is a LOT of yeast! That sourdough loaf looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. I wonder how long it will take you to go through that amount of yeast? I can't actually picture 2kgs of yeast!
    As always your kitchen looks beautiful. I can almost smell the bread from here.
    I saw your interview on House of Humble and absolutely loved it!

    Sarah x

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    1. You are kind Sarah, thank you for calling in as usual.

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  16. G'day! I can almost smell both of your bread from here!
    Thanks also for this month's kitchen view!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. Thank you Joanne, I always appreciate your comments!

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  17. I like the idea of a loaf with sweet honey and nuts with tangy, sharp barberries in the mix. Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

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  18. What a tasty IMK post.
    have a super day.
    :-) Mandy xo

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  19. Jane, I'm trying, but I can't actually think of anything in the garden that could be more exciting than finding all those "free" Kipfler potatoes! We can't seem to grow potatoes at all anymore, so to me, that sounds like such a treat. And 2kg of yeast! Can your freeze some of it? You've certainly made good use of it, but I'm sure all those gorgeous panini and the loaf probably only made the tiniest dint on your yeast supplies.. ;-) Beautiful looking fruit and nut loaf! xxx

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    1. Thank you Celia, Kipfler potatoes from the garden are a treat. I wonder about the yeast...would you freeze it?

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  20. put the kettle on jane, i'm coming over for a slice of your sourdough fruit loaf. toasted please with lashings of butter :-)

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    1. I am sending you a virtual piece of toast with plenty of butter e! x

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  21. I freeze my fresh yeast in 30g portions. It works a treat. Can I come over for a slice of that lovely loaf too?

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    1. Thank you - I have frozen portions as we speak!

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  22. that loaf looks absolutely delicious, and thanks for the pic of Emu eggs...

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  23. Your produce, your food everything look wonderfully delicious this month! Thanks for sharing! Liz x

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  24. So much yeasty goodness in this post! Your panini rolls looks amazing. And cauliflower soup sounds so good! Do you have a recipe for that?

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    1. Thanks Caitlin, no I don't have a cauliflower soup recipe...I will turn to Google for this I think :)

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  25. Oh I always love seeing what is in your kitchen. It all look amazing (those rolls!).

    xox Lilly

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane