Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bits and bobs

We are slowly getting back into the swing of everyday life things.

First thing was to make some bread. I have had to throw away the two loaf tins I normally use as their lining was coming off and sticking to the bread. That is a bit naughty as we got them in the sale for £8 each, when normally they would be £16. Both of us thought they would have lasted longer than they did.

Anyhow, not to be outdone by shoddy workmanship, and after the bread was made and I needed tins, I rummaged in the back of a cupboard and found my original two. These were bought second hand in a yard sale.

They are slightly shorter but deeper than the others and the amount of bread I make didn't quite fit in so I also made 4 baps with the remainder.

Here they are on their second prove, soon to be covered with a tea towel:
Fresh out of the oven. They have had sunflower, pumpkin and linseeds added, plus oat bran and wheat germ:
Whilst I was initially making the bread, DB was wrapped up against the pouring rain, harvesting our small crop of beetroot as it was beginning to go to seed. I donned plastic gloves and peeled all of them for DB to make a triple batch of Indian Beetroot Soup to freeze for winter.

Just starting:
And finished:
It will now be frozen into 3 x 2 man portions. The rest of the cooked beetroot was put into a jar with flavoured vinegar to have over the next few days.

Once that little lot was over, I cut DB's hair as it was too long and making his shirt collars grubby! After cutting J's hair at the weekend and cutting 3 strips 1/2 a size too short (the rest at normal length actually blended in), I then managed to cut DB's hair too short at the back.

Bless him, he looks like he is about to go off to school. Luckily for me, he doesn't really care as he says, if he can't see it, it doesn't bother him.






16 comments:

  1. your bread and soup looks wonderful!!!! your house must smell wonderful!
    wish you a nice week,
    regina

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  2. Your bread always looks so good!

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  3. Thankyou Regina and Shara. I guess making it every week gives me enough practice. It gets there in the end, by hook or by crook!

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  4. That bread looks delicious. I am still on weight watcher bread at the moment but could kill for some 'proper bread' and butter with lashings of jam.......!

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  5. I totally agree with everyone else here. That bread looks very professionally made!!

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    1. Anne - thank you. I watched a programme about weight watchers bread. They reckoned the only reason it was less calorific was every slice is less in area than 'normal bread'
      Sarina - thank you very much. Practice makes perfect but sometimes it can be touch and go!

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  6. Lucky you for having pouring rain! We are still SOOOOOO dry, about 6 spots today! Saw the black clouds heading Norfolk way - they missed us.

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  7. Indian beet root soup, now that sounds interesting. Do you have a recipe please? Xxx

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    1. Fran - the recipe can be found on a blog page on Friday 28th October 2011.
      Sue - Thank you - very rare for me to make a mistake cutting hair but did this time, on both my men!
      Simplesuffolksmallholder - rain didn't last long at all. Back to watering again. We live in a dip and most summer rain skirts around us as well.

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  8. I too find that I go back to older faithful tins after a dalliance using new 'supposedly better' tins for a while. Sometimes what we already have is what we needed all the time.

    The bread looks lovely (as your homemade bread always does).

    My man loves me cutting his hair and as he has a beard too I simply change heads on the shaver and carry on whizzing right round :-) I've never yet cut a strip wrong, but I did use a shorter cutting head by mistake once and so had to go even shorter on the beard, he looked very fresh if a little thuggish!!

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  9. Indian beetroot soup sounds intriguing - as I have quite a lot of beetroot, now in store - I'll be looking at your recipe with interest.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it. It is really meant to be a side dish but we like it as a soup.

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  10. Bread looks lovely, Dc, I have been 'off' baking for a couple of weeks - don't know why, but I am now galvanised to get going again! A bit annoying your bread tins packed in - even at sale price they have to be fit for purpose!

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    1. Well, you have been very busy doing music and other things. Only so much time in a day.

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  11. Oh DC you always inspire me with your baking. Your bread looks delicious. Looking forward to getting baking again myself.
    Patricia x

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