Monday, 1 May 2017

autumn doings.

I can't believe we're over half way through Autumn already.

Here's what I've been up to...

reading

Adventures of a Terribly Greedy Girl by Kay Plunkett-Hogge | What a different life. No wonder she ended up working in food after growing up in Bangkok and being open to such a variety of flavours growing up. I'd love to step in her shoes for a day and see what it was like at the wonderful parties she attended or lunches she caters. What an adventure!

Acquacotto by Emiko Davies | I have made the strazzopretti with 'fake' sauce which is a wonderful bowl of thick hand rolled noodles with a simple tomato sauce. I definitely didn't make the hand rolled pasta right but it still tasted amazing with freshly grated parmesan and cracked black pepper on top. I'm going to master the pasta and get back to you on this one.

Tartine Bread by Chad Roberston | This book is permanently on my night stand at the moment and being read almost every day. I've got a slight obsession and am trying to master his famous country loaf. My red cast iron pot is looking a little worse for wear since my sourdough days started but it's just well loved, right?

The Bread Exchange by Malin Elmlid | Again a sourdough but this book is a little different. Malin trades her sourdough for anything except money and it's about her journey around the world with her travelling starter. How she makes the bread, the people she meets and what she eats with them. She;s trading recipes that are in the book for her sourdough loaves. Another extraordinary life I'd love to live a day of.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon | See below.

listening

Divide by Ed Sheeran | On repeat. All day. Total fangirl.

My Open Kitchen podcast | I love the interviews and all the tips Sophie and Skye share. I am also insanely jealous of the e-course happening. I missed registration but I'm signed up for updates for the next one.
(This post is inspired by Sophie's Autumn List on her blog, Local is Lovely)

Happy Love Songs play list on Spotify | Wedding song search. So far most wedding playlists make me want to hurl, hence the 'happy' part. I'm trying a different approach. Anyone got any tips?

cooking | cooked | to-be cooked

Sourdough sourdough sourdough | I've made one from soudough.co.uk, Malin's from The Bread Exchange and also Chad's Tartine recipe (three times now). Some have been an epic fail but then that's because I went off on my own little tangent and thought I new better than the recipe (I don't) and some have been so successful I feel all warm and proud. I've given my starter a name and she had a baby starter which I gifted to a fellow sourdough newbie.

sourdough | salt sugar and i

Peasant bread | Yep I'm having a bread obsession. This recipe is so so easy and quick. Quite the opposite to a sourdough loaf that take time, this one is more of a quick bread but still tastes delicious with it's buttery curst. I want to try the quinoa and flax seed one this week.

Sardine Pasta | Sardines are a funny fish. Kind of like anchovies. You either like them or HATE them. If they are nice sardines (who likes bad ones?) I like them, especially in a tomato or chilli oil but if they are the cheap nasty ones we used to feed our old cat... no thanks.

Spanish Tortilla | I think Tristan will love this. Eggs and Potatoes. His two favourite things.

Roasted Quinces | It's autumn and getting chillier so I think it's only seasonal (and also lovely) to roast some until they are a deep burnished ruby colour and serve them warm with vanilla ice cream.

Swiss Zopf from Classic German Baking | I recently found out that my Grosi (Swiss Grandma) used to make this every Sunday. My mum casually mentioned it in passing at the grocery store. She mentioned it like it was nothing. Like she was buying a banana. Meanwhile, I felt like she just dropped a little bomb of family traditions I've been craving for years. I have so many questions to bombard her with when she gets back from holidays.

watching | watched

Amelia and Teddy in the Kitchen | I've been a fan from episode one, actually Bon Appetempt days. It just looks like fun and also delicious. What a combo.

Outlander season two | Oh Jamie you red-headed, kilt wearing, hunk-a-spunk. I demolished this season in about a week and am still trying to get rid of the black circles under my eyes due to of lack sleep. I've read the first and second book in the Outlander series so I knew what was going to happen but now that I've finished watching it I want more so have just picked up the third book, Voyager. I'm hooked again.

Riverdale | Three words. Teenage Murder Mystery.

My Life in Sourdough | This Vimeo series is peculiar, funny and ever-so slightly relatable. As a sourdough starter owner/maker/mother ... it kind of takes over.

& dreaming

Sourdough | As in, I am having actual dreams about it. I can't escape.

Camping in one of these | how cool??! I want.

Cold nights snugged by an open fire with wine, cheese and a good book (Ahem...Voyager) | Need to find a home with an open fire I can sneak in to.

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What have you been up to this Autumn?