Friday, 19 April 2013

Busy few days.

I've been in and out, dodging the rain most of the time. One second it is beautiful and warm, the next rainy.
I now do two ladies gardens on a regular basis, which is a nice bit of extra money and quite franky, a pleasure to do most of the time. It's only a couple of hours here and there, but maybe it could build up? who knows?
Did I mention that my oven broke down? Can't remember. It just stopped working which didn't really surprise me as it must have been over 20 years old. Fortunately on the day it stopped working my sister was throwing out her oven so I grabbed it (although I think that her builder wanted to nab it, because he tried very hard to not let me have, cheeky bugger).
So, much as I was tempted to try and put it in myself my mum was horrified and told me I had to get an electrician in. Did so and the kind man only charged £20 so I'm not complaining (watched him carefully and I could have done it myself, but never mind)
Anyway, it works perfectly, but my sister wants shooting - it was filthy!!!!! So a packet of Oven Pride later and I have a shiny new oven, hooray, cooking is back on.


Other things I have been up to - my first sourdough loaf. I can't say it was an absolute success, but it wasn't an absolute disaster either and I have learnt from my mistakes. There is nothing wrong with my starter, he is happily sitting there, bubbling and alive. The loaf itself had two problems, first of which is that it definitely needed more rising - I will give it a few more hours next time and somewhere warmer I think. The other problem was with my cooking, my oven was a bit too hot I think (still trying to get used to the new oven) and so it was very much cooked on the outside, but still a bit stodgy on the inside. Having said all of that the taste is beautiful, but it is just a bit dense - makes wonderful toast though. Loaf number two should be a better effort thanks to my trial and error first loaf.


My sourdough starter


Dough


Ready to bake.


First loaf


Made great eggs on toast though.

I haven't been neglecting my own gardening and working in the greenhouse continues to be a joy. Today I planted out some of my sweet peas - I know it is a bit of a risk mid April, but they were getting way too big for their pots and really wanted planting out. Hopefully no more frosts, but I will keep on eye and wrap them up if there is. 2 wigwams at either end of the new bed.


I'm desperate to get some veg in that raised bed in the distance - every morning the local cat population have used it as a giant litter tray!!!!

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend - time for me to have a piece of the Victoria sponge I made and a cuppa.


21 comments:

  1. There are many different sour dough starters, hoping to trial one myself in a couple of weeks. Oven wise, although they always say the hottest your oven will go, I always use non-fan 220C for 30 minutes. That seems to work well for almost everything.

    Cats - right pain. I invested in some clematis netting (thick brown plastic stuff). Cut in in half lengthways and attached it (heavy duty stapler) to the tops of our fences. Doesn't look great but the cats can't balance on it to get over. Those that try to walk along it, get scratched in their nether regions.

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    1. I've made my cat deterrent attempt, write about it tomorrow.

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  2. Oh dear, now I'm craving scrambled eggs on homemade bread... :)

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  3. Your bread looks super good for a not so successful loaf ! Looking at the scrambled eggs on it made me hungry...
    I also planted out some stuff, I thought if bad weather comes again I'll throw a piece of fleece over it, it's high time nature made up for spring that arrived late, darn it !

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    1. Just planted some leeks out today as well.

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  4. Love this, your posts are so peaceful, a lovely respite for this mum of three under 5!

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    1. I'm so glad that it brings you some respite!

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  5. If that Victoria sponge had jam instead of cream as a filling it would win first in our flower show

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    1. It had home made raspberry jam AND cream in it.

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  6. Hi glad you got in on the oven first! so you should you are the brother!. I know with my mum & dad & sister if I am getting rid of anything, I always check with them and see if they want first dibs!. If not its friends or sold.
    Your oven giving up & your sister getting rid of hers was super timing. Looks like you did a magical job cleaning it to
    x

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  7. If you ever need a cake taster, just whistle. You know how to whistle don't you, if not just open the door and holler. Only jesting, it looks good and the bread is just fine, sourdough takes some getting used to.

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  8. Love reading about your self sufficiency and frugalness. The bread looks great, and a good result on the oven. You need to put a physical deterent on the raised beds to stop cats getting on to it.

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  9. ooh bread and cake looks so scrummy.

    Am well done on the oven, one mand junk and all that xx

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  10. You've been busy. I'm surprised you found time to work on other gardens. Your cake looks fantastic. Is it all gone?
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  11. You have been busy! Great score on the oven
    Cheers Judy xx

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  12. Look's wonderful!now i'm hungry!

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  13. I love this psy. The food, the savings, the garden fabulosity......so pleased you are earning doing things you like.

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  14. Damn auto correct that was meant to say post not psy

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  15. Oh my, that looks delicious!! Congrats on the new oven too. I know that must be exciting. And glad you're back by the way (if I didn't already say that, ha).

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  16. Wow! That bread looks so good I can almost smell it, well done!

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