Make

Happy St David’s day! I’m making welsh cakes later, to celebrate the day and my welsh roots. I’ll add fruit in one batch of cakes and chocolate chips in the other. It appeases one member of the family who wrinkles her face at the sight of dried fruit. Also, for the weekend, bara brith, which translates to spotty bread although welsh tea bread always seems a closer description, but each to their own. So long as it tastes good, I’m up for it.

I’ve finally opened my 16kg sack of bread flour this week. It’s been looking suitably rustic and country inspired, squeezed between my wicker baskets and hand cranked sewing machine, in the kitchen. I’ll be honest, I’ve been putting it off. I knew once I sliced into the sack, then I’m committed to baking bread on a nearly daily basis. 16kg is  a whole lot of flour.

This week, I’ve baked two loaves so far and they have come out as near to perfect as I can hope. The children have been digging in. They prefer it with butter. Every crumb is devoured. Even those pesty last corners of the crusts, that are usually left on the side of the plate as an unsaid offering to the bread Gods. All gone. Best part, they assure me.

I’m loving it too. I find our usual shop bought bread tastes bitter compared to my home baked offering. Even the packets of bread mixes have a taste, as if they contain something extra. I can vary the amount of salt I use too. Plus the fragrance of home baked bread is beyond words. Throw in the smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee and, as sure as dragon eggs are eggs, I know I’m home.

On the sewing front, my Aldi fat quarter quilt is coming on a pace. I’ve managed to produce one square a day, although I missed yesterday. Still struggling with it being so pastel, but it does mean I’m concentrating on a plan to jazz it up. It’s not me yet. So seven blocks down. Just nine more to go.

In the lovely contrast that life has a habit of throwing in to give you hope, I’m still loving the vibrant colour of my current knit. Nearly finished. I have reached my least favourite part. Picking up stitches along the front edge. Blah! I’m trying a different technique this time and I’m hopeful. Seems easier this time.

Other news

We’ve been making the most of the good weather. My tumble dryer is feeling neglected with all the outdoor, line, clothes drying time I’ve managed. Unthinkable most Februarys. Hero and I have been outside more. It’s been so warm he’s been seeking out the shade. Wise hound.

The car is back in the garage again being fixed. Third time lucky, I hope. I’m missing the freedom of jumping in the car and escaping running errands. My wings are clipped and I’m feeling it. I shall be so glad to get it back.

Finally found a book I can lose myself in again. I’m reading How to Stop Time. I seem to have had a run of hard to read books recently. This one I’ve had to pull myself away from. It’s good.

Joining in with Anne’s word of the week. Missed last week, due to half term. A week to be in the moment and feel no need to write about it. Felt good. Anyway, back this week with my word “make”. Not that I don’t make something every week, but it was the best fit this time.

What’s your word?

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Make

  • Friday 1 March, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Oh wow! That bread looks amazing and I love the sound of the Welsh cakes.
    You have been busy. The quilt is so pretty. x

    • Saturday 2 March, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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      Thanks Kim. Enjoying making bread again. Always go through phases. Welsh cakes are my favourites. Lots of childhood memories. The quilt should be lovely. I’m loving the challenge.

  • Saturday 2 March, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    I love making bread, but the last couple of times it has been a bit of a flop, I’m not sure if it’s mine or the breadmaker’s fault. I may have to go back to hand making it. I just love the smell in the house when the bread is baking.
    I’m loving the colour of your latest knit and your quilt is coming along lovely. I’ve still not found my shawl pattern or anything similar. I’m just about to have another browse on Pinterest.
    Thanks for linking up to #WotW xx

    • Sunday 3 March, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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      My breadmaker finally died, which was a bit of a relief to be honest. Much prefer making it by hand (and the mixer) and having the breadmaker in the kitchen made me feel I should make use of it. Looking forward to seeing your shawl. I knit my shawls, but suspect the crochet ones are faster. Almost there.

  • Saturday 2 March, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    That bread looks delicious. I love Welsh ages too, happy St David’s day to you for yesterday, my husband’s Welsh so it makes him very happy X #wotw

    • Sunday 3 March, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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      Hope you celebrated.

  • Sunday 3 March, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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    Fresh bread and coffee are the best smells in the world, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I would love to be able to bake, despite trying over the years I just don’t get any better, it must be like gardening where you need green fingers. I really liked that book by Matt Haig, he has also written some children’s books that I’m looking at buying for the kids. Hope you have had a lovely weekend x #wotw

    • Monday 4 March, 2019 at 11:22 am
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      Don’t give up on bread making. I go through stages when it doesn’t work. I do believe that anyone can do it. The same with gardening. So long as there is a will! Loving the book. Daren’t pick it up, as nothing else gets done. 😀

    • Saturday 9 March, 2019 at 10:52 am
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      Isn’t that true of home baked bread. The fresher the better.

  • Monday 4 March, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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    I love the smell of bread baking – your loaf looks yummy for sure! #MMBC

    • Saturday 9 March, 2019 at 10:52 am
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      It certainly was worth baking!

  • Monday 4 March, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    I have never baked bread. Anything to avoid extra time in the kitchen, but I’d happily scoff home made bread! Your quilt blocks are lovely, I like the colourway. I hope it grows on you, maybe some bright quilting on top will make it more you? #mmbc

    • Saturday 9 March, 2019 at 10:52 am
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      Interesting idea to use bright quilting. I’d not thought of that. I wonder….

  • Thursday 7 March, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    16kg is a huge amount of flour! So lovely to have freshly baked bread on a regular basis though. Home-baked bread is so much nicer than shop-bought and the crusts are my favourite bits too! Love your quilt squares – so pretty. Hope your car is now fixed and back on the road. #WotW

    • Saturday 9 March, 2019 at 10:51 am
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      Isn’t it funny how the crusts work better when home baked? I’m putting it down to the slow proving and longer baking.

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