Turned out well, this wet hop beer, made in the Brewing class back in May and ready for drinking right now. Since the cheese making class here a couple of weeks ago, I've kept up making feta (it's a hard habit to break, so delicious). Here's a jar that I recently marinated for grandson Jacob … Continue reading Beer, Cheese and Many Things Sweet
Foccaccia 3 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons dried yeast 1½ teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons sugar 1/3 cup olive oil 1½ cups warm water, approximately 2 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary and/or thyme) 2 to 3 teaspoons sea salt flakes Have ready a slab (or lamington style) tin 35cm x 25cm approximately. Mix the … Continue reading My Recipe for Foccaccia
Invited to a market at Primrose Sands yesterday so we headed out very early. On board were jam pans of bread dough ready to make foccaccia when we arrived, and the 16 litres of spiced pumpkin soup made the day before on Hester. (There were a lot of requests from people at the market for … Continue reading A Market at Primrose Sands
It's been a whirlwind week here in the cooking school. There have been two large cheese making classes, great fun. Curds and whey everywhere. Part of the pleasure of the classes for me is getting up early and baking treats for the people who are coming along. I couldn't bear to think they would go … Continue reading Cheese Making Classes, Cider and Stock
Hester's been a bit sluggish for a few days. Whatever on earth was going on? 'She' was slow to burn, comparatively anyway, and even sent puffs of smoke out the door when it was opened to put in more wood. This morning Robert found the issue. It was not with poor Hester at all, but … Continue reading Hester Ailing??
Off to the ABC this morning for the Jams and preserves talkback. There were some stand-out tips and recipes rung in by listeners. Here are two of them: May's Super Sponge Cake and Maria's Whisky Cumquat Marmalade. Scallop pies were a matter of discussion that was raised by Craig - should the sauce be curry … Continue reading ABC Jams and Preserves Talkback today
I love, love, love cooking in a wood fired oven - no secret there! Arguably our BIg Bakers Oven Hester is a very bad influence on me - or perhaps it's rather that I am a harsh taskmaster on 'her'. It's just an irresistible situation when she always stands at the ready, cooktop hot, oven … Continue reading All on a cold and wintry afternoon
Very busy day here yesterday. Lovely people came to the cooking class, lots to eat and it was lovely and warm with the old slow combustion wood stove, Carmichael, very capably heating the cooking school space. Lots of dishes were prepared in the slow cookers, don't think anyone went away hungry. Except for heating the … Continue reading A Wintry Day in Molesworth
Decisions, decisions! There's a slow cooker class here this Saturday and I'm trying to make up my mind about which dishes we will be preparing. The well-thumbed, well-used slow cooker books have loads of potential dishes marked. Just as well there are 15 (!) slow cookers standing at the ready. Looks like no-one will be … Continue reading Slow Cooker time!
Amongst the loveliest sights of the Derwent Valley has to be the mist and fog. It is simply captivating to watch them creep up into this little corner at Molesworth. Yesterday was no exception. On the way home from Hobart late in the morning, a different perspective - this time the spectacle of the fog … Continue reading Mists of the Valley