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Saturday, August 1, 2015

In My Kitchen, August 2015

This month it is the small, thoughtful, handmade and home grown things that are bringing warmth and happiness to my kitchen.

My friend Sarah made this pretty whole orange cake and gave it to us as a gift.  It looked too perfect to cut, almost!


Sarah also gave me this large piece of succulent and presented it to me like a bouquet of flowers.  Home-grown, hardy and long lasting, this is my favourite kind of floral art. 


Before Flour and Fire Day I needed to refresh myself on shaping and baking sourdough baguettes and it seems like this technique is rather like riding a bike...I hadn't forgotten.  


A home grown cauliflower and kale bouquet.  I had visions of this being more artistically arranged but my young hand model was far more interested in catching a green caterpillar to put in a jar for closer inspection.   Fair enough I suppose.  


Bread is funny stuff.  Just recently something came over me and I couldn’t settle until I had made a batch of sourdough fruit and cinnamon buns, some of which I glazed with sticky Golden Syrup.  Normally I don't bake sourdough during the school week because I find it too distracting and inevitably I end up taking photos which leads to further distractions.  But, on this occasion I had these rolls out of the oven just before sunrise, while my children were still sleeping.  Inevitably, photos were taken and we may have been distracted from our school schedule, just for a moment or two.  


Happiness is six loaves of white sourdough and a huge batch of dark chocolate chip biscuits, all cooked in the glorious warmth of the wood oven. 


Are you baking or harvesting or practicing a particular recipe?

Wishing you a lovely weekend.  

As usual I am linking with my friend Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

40 comments :

  1. Jane you are such a prolific baker. You must have hordes to help you eat it all. BTW everything looks great.

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    1. Thank you Glenda. Often we have hordes but a lot of my baking goes straight to freezer for future use.

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  2. Jane, as always, your bread looks so beautiful. Six lovely loaves of sourdough and biscuits- Your kids live in paradise. I know what you mean about sourdough being distracting. Your cauli and kale looks good too.

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  3. Catching a caterpillar will always be more fun than arranging kale! Beautiful bread as ever and a mountain of delicious looking cookies. Like you, I'm sometimes overcome with an urge to bake something specific or to prepare one thing over and over again (currently a little obsessed with sliced radishes).

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    1. I think I need to embrace radishes Anne!

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  4. Gorgeous Jane. I'm damn impressed with your wood oven baking, those loaves are absolutely perfect.
    Baking before your kids get up is just sensible, it rarely happens for me though, I have good intentions and then, I don't know other things wriggle in the way instead. I'm usually frantically shaping or mixing 20 minutes before the school bell rings...yep, and still can't seem to switch that one round at all!


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    1. I thought I was the only one who is often mixing and shaping, even when the clock and the schedule might be against me! The funny things we do hey?

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  5. Oh Jane this post is scrumptious and smells like home and is making me miss mine. I'm sure I've said it before but I absolutely love the way you look at the world and how you capture it. Just gorgeous. I hope you are in the middle of a fab weekend. xx

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to call in...all the way from England I believe! I am looking forward to you arriving home Kate, does that seem strange? xx

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    2. Thank you for taking the time to call in...all the way from England I believe! I am looking forward to you arriving home Kate...does that seem strange!? x

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  6. It's a good thing my husband doesn't read your blog, because he would have serious bread baking envy - especially since you bake in a wood fired oven - his dream!

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    1. Oh I think we all have baking envy from time to time, I know I certainly do! Thank you for calling in.

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  7. Jane, how scrummy that all looks, and I'm sure school didn't suffer because of it! Can you put the succulent in the ground and hopefully it will get roots? They're pretty good that way.

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    1. Thanks Jane...the succulent is in the ground as we speak :)

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  8. I purchased a round and oblong banetton and am about to pop a white round loaf in the oven!

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  9. What a gorgeous post Jane and mouthwatering, awe inspiring photos!
    I could close my eyes, after reading your post and swear I could smell your baguettes! :)
    Thank you for this month's kitchen views too!

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    1. Thank you Joanne, your comments always make me smile :)

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  10. I think the cauli and kale bouquet is splendid! a wonderful sized head - lucky you.
    I think fresh baked bread would be a wonderful, worthy distraction, and one your children will surely have very fond memories of when they are adults! once more I am envious of your beautiful life.

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    1. Thank you so much e, you are very generous.

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  11. Your loaves look amazing! I've just started making baguettes, still working on it. Also having trouble with dough sticking to my proving baskets, even with a healthy dose of flour! Practice makes perfect!

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    1. We never stop learning with bread! Thank you and happy baking!

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  12. Your IMK this month is perfect. Simple pleasures are most important. EllaDee

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  13. Jane, your "bouquets" are beautiful. (Adorable model, too!) And those baguettes... you definitely haven't forgotten how to shape them. Thank you for the warm and lovely view in your kitchen!

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  14. Jane, your "bouquets" are beautiful. (Adorable model, too!) And those baguettes... you definitely haven't forgotten how to shape them. Thank you for the warm and lovely view in your kitchen!

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  15. Jane, I can almost smell all those wonderful breads and feel the warmth of your oven. What a wonderful opening of the month, thank you

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  16. Your help sounds much like mine, my boys are all about catching toads and bugs! Your breads all look absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Bugs are so much fun aren't they?

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  17. So many gorgeous things. Where to start? You orange cake is indeed perfect, as are all you other baked goods. Lovely, Lovely IMP post.

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  18. I really need to get cracking on sourdough! Your fruit and cinnamon buns look beautiful :)

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  19. What glorious fresh produce and baked goods! Such beautiful photos -Cate from IMK

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