Wednesday 15 April 2020

In Liberty And In Lockdown

I decided to post about Gaz & Steph's staircase yesterday because it was their 2nd wedding anniversary - then forgot to mention that in the post! Congratulations! Maybe in future they will amend the wedding service- for richer, for poorer, for better for worse, in sickness and in health, in liberty and in lockdown...
Life goes on, I've tried to have a cycle ride every day since Thursday - I missed on Monday though. Friday was my 65th birthday, and I want to spend this year working on my fitness levels as well as knitting a weather scarf!
I've tackled the ironing basket!![applause]
And I have made SO much bread. 
Jack Monroe's Slocooker Bread [I threw in some seeds which were in the larder] That was very good [recipe] and I did it in a tin.** It toasted well.
Rachel Allen's Soda Bread [plus seeds] I did that half sized. I need to turn the oven temp down a little, the crust was a bit too well-done [recipe]
I used a can of IPA someone had given Bob to make a Beer Bread, thus saving on yeast. It was a soft crumb, and a bit crumbly round the edges[recipe] but it had a plesant flavour.
I made a 'regular' slocooker loaf, but using chapatti flour - that came out well - again I did half quantity and in a tin. [recipe]   
And I made Swedish Semlor Buns [confession, I did make a batch of these the week before, as a Lenten treat, but they came out like bullets!] [recipe]
All in all the last few days have been very satisfactory in terms of domestic achievements. **please see note about the tin in the comments 


  1. Could you clarify please? When you say you've cooked a recipe in a tin do you mean that you put the tin in the slow cooker? I rather fancy having a go!

    1. Yes. When I first made slocooker bread, I just lined the pot with baking parchment and the loaf was a oval. But I've changed to a bigger slocooker, and following Jack's suggestion, I stood a regular (lined) loaf tin inside the pot. I was a bit worried about the metal, so put half a pint of water in. It made the crust softer. Second time I did it without the water and the crust was firmer. But it meant I got a good shaped loaf for sandwiches! I hope this clarification helps

    2. Thanks for that. Yes, that helps. Hope you had a great birthday.

  2. Well done on the ironing, my job for today but only half a basket full, one benefit of being alone at home all the time!

  3. Happy anniversary to Steph and Gaz!

    Happy belated birthday to you!

    Well done on all the ironing and bread making! You have been busy!

  4. Now I will have to do my ironing, sigh...

  5. Ironing what's that , do you mean you are supposed to use the iron on clothes , I thought it was just for craft sewing , who knew .

  6. Congratulations to Steph and Gary!
    You are very impressive with your bread! CBC has made a few loaves but just in the bread maker. It was SOOOO nice to have white bread this week as we got some white bread flour! He always usually makes wholemeal.

  7. Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a lovely day!


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