Friday, 20 September 2013

Weekly Love: Week 143

I've had a funny kitchen situation over the past two weeks, and I've baked (and eaten) an awful lot of bread and cake. Cake was just, well, because, but as for the bread, I've turned a corner. My discovery that you don't have to actually knead dough to make a basic loaf of bread (more about that on Monday) coupled with catching a television clip of how supermarket bread is actually made, I can't even stomach buying the stuff anymore. So, from now on the only bread I'm going to eat I will have made myself or purchased from an artisan baker. The only exception I can think of this at the moment is ciabatta because you can usually get it for about £1 in Waitrose and I have not reached the skill level to make it myself yet. However, I wish to even phase that out sometime in the future, and I am very, very excited about it. I have become bread baking obsessed.
weeklylove200913 1. The beginning of Autumn means a glut of Victoria plums from the tree. | 2. Making guacamole for the first time with the wonderful and lovely Rachel Green. I was really supposed to be testing out the new pestle and mortar from Cole & Mason, and I can tell you they are awesome, and fantastic value for money. One of those things in the kitchen you did not know you needed until you get one. | 3. Meeting my bread hero James Morton (and also the lovely John Whaite who was behind the camera for this one). If anyone proves that it is actually easy to cook, bake and eat well as a university student, it is these two. I'm reviewing James' (fantastic) new book Brilliant Bread at the moment, so look out for it on Monday. | 4. A nice view of the City from the platform at Hoxton station. | 5. Rachel Green made this simply divine black pepper and orange cake. It needs replicating. So happy she gave me the recipe. | 6. A simply fantastic lunch platter at The Shakespeare, a new pub in Canterbury. Look out for my review of that next week, too. | 7. Sunset over the City of London and the Shard in the distance from the window of my new kitchen. | 8. The plums in the first picture went into this plum and almond loaf cake I made from the current issue of Waitrose magazine. I love that it is a fantastic food magazine free with a Waitrose card (which is also free). You also get free tea and coffee, and a weekend paper with one. | 9. East London goldfish graffiti.




What have you been doing this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? It is my first weekend in London since about April 2012, but I think I'm going to spend most of it at home getting ahead on reading for my classes that start on Monday, but I am going to try to squeeze a brunch or two in, too! 

9 comments:

  1. I am planning on having fajitas tonight so if we have leftovers I may freeze some burritos! Those photos of France are stunning. Welcome back to London life :)

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  2. I love the "how to" links! As a "budding cook" of sorts (I can cook moderately well but still need to learn about flavours etc.!) I think these will really help, thanks for sharing :)

    Carey x

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  3. No problem! I actually have some more kitchen 'how to's' of my own i the works too, including 'How To Make Your Own Mayonnaise' and 'How To Make Your Own (Dairy Free) Pesto' in the works, so look out for those too x

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  4. Ooh I'll definitely keep my eyes open for the mayonnaise one! My boyfriend uses a lot of it and I always think making our own might be healthier (?) than buying processed stuff x

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  5. It is very different from the processed stuff, I'll tell you that, but healthier depends on your definition of the word. I see it as healthier as it does not have any additives, preservatives and the food has not been through unnatural processes. On the other hand, there is actually probably more oil and fat in a homemade version, so it is swings and roundabouts.

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  6. We were planning on checking out The Shakespeare soon - I heard that their burgers were supposed to be really good!
    Becs x
    miscriant.blogspot.com

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  7. They did look good, and if the place is to be judged by decor, their seafood platter and their desserts, they will be! My review with all my photos is due to be up on Friday.

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  8. Mmmm breaaddddd!!! I'm kind of scared To read about how grocery store bread is made haha! Great post and links! And with a 3month old I never know what to expect, but hopefully eat some unique desserts this weekend? We'll have to see though~

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  9. sounds like a good weekend, hope you are enjoying being back in London! Love the idea of freezer burritos - they are one of my favourite things, and the idea of making them even easier to eat is perfect!

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