list

list

There is a list and sketches on a drawing we made. A drawing of our land and our dreams. Pigs on the south paddocks. Native wind breaks to the west, south and east. Establish a wetland and create habitat around…

Alison with one L

Alison with one L

I moved to Melbourne at 18. It was the very best thing to do. The diversity of people there meant that there was someone for everyone. The subcultures to be found in each suburb ensured that eventually I would find…

Bread wait - sourdough

Bread wait – sourdough

Before departing from my city life I made one last loaf of sourdough bread and it was one of the finest I have made. Now three months have passed and I miss my bread. I am trying to stay out…

In love

In love

So what is that feeling? That excitement and anticipation. How is it that such simplicity can bring about in me…such feelings of grandeur and lilt? A quickness in my step and pending exaltation. I mean who could have imagined that…

Ken Hercott - bread builder.

Ken Hercott – bread builder.

Ken is a friend from the CERES days. He has spent decades working with bread and calls himself a bread builder. He tells me that bread like buildings needs structural integrity: gluten strands need to link and align. McGee’s book…

Bread and Chestnuts

Bread and Chestnuts

700g bread loaves are all the rage at my house at the moment, it’s the perfect size for a family of five and keeps for over a week. After a year of bread making I feel free to make up the…

Sourdough bread making is easy: it really is.

Sourdough bread making is easy: it really is.

During December, and over the heat, my bread making energy had died in a heap. But after a few months of eating just air: bread at the supermarket just made me stare. I regained my focus, I reset my compass,…

Chocolate, sultana and hazelnut sourdough

Chocolate, sultana and hazelnut sourdough

Now I am creating my own bread recipes. I added two tablespoons of cocoa to the sourdough basic recipe, a large handful of sultanas, and a large handful of hazelnuts. A tbs of honey too. A bitter flavoured breakfast bread…

Sandwich for lunch

Sandwich for lunch

Bread fever has not died. I am as keen to make bread as ever before and I am getting faster too. On the weekend it was fresh bread heaven. We sat 6 at our table. The loaves of warm bread…

Bread in me

Bread in me

Like a pet it is, the bread I make. A constant fixture that I bake. I never tire of making it, watching the rising and kneading the mix. At night I start, by day break its full, bloated and ready…