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BTW Zoomer my OH does a 'mean' Focaccia... J.
Frank - I was, a little surprised, at how oily the bread got even just after one tbsp. Will try something simpler next time, what do you suggest... please don't say white or brown bread... It might be some time before I try scones again. Hadn't made enough pastry for pie so it was two small spinach and cheese quiches. The quiches were a huge success , the pastry wasn't soggy either.
Am I right in thinking pies can be made up and frozen before baking.
Sounds like a nice day with 21 for tea, hope they helped out with the washing up.
Wet and cold here in this part of the NW. Flowers loving it but veg beds looking water logged.
Jo - it might be some time before I try making Focaccia again.
I make and freeze pies uncooked Zoomer. Need thawing before cooking though or the outside is pretty hard and dry before the inside is even warm.
Zoomer, In the case of 21 for tea jus-Rol is the way to go and even profesional cooks use it. As with gardening anything that cuts out some of the work is worth a try.Keep going on the Scones, do not make them too wet and the secret is to cut with a small cutter, the pastry no less than three quarters of an inch thick. Knocking up a batch of dough in a bread maker then taking it out to raise it works. Then cut it into eight or ten buns raise again and bake, in this house they do not get time to cool.I never put meat into pastry then freeze it, make your pastry wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for up to four days before use if you wish. I make Rough Puff and do that. Get it back out and roll it out for use when you need it no messing about freezing then and no soggy bottoms on the pie or from the meat not being cooked properly.Keep at it and in time it will be second nature, Daughter said I did not weigh out the flour for the Yorkies today, well no I have done it so many times.
In a word-wild today.
One minute chucking it down, next bright sun. I have opened up the coldframes & uncovered in greenhouse, but think today will be better spent indoors. J.
Stockton sunny although bitter cold wind, opened greenhouse then closed it again leaving the vents open was enough.
Stockton on Tees, Sunshine, Rainstorm, High winds, that was the first hour, back to sunshine, less wind, cool so greenhouse just cracked open and I have flowers on my tomato's, not all bad news then.
north manchester sunshine warm wind . suits me
Just West of M/C central, driving back from The Trafford Centre late lunchtime it was hailing!!
Last night didnt get as cold as forecast, dull & dampish first thing- hence the retail therapy. This afternoon became bright & dry so I potted up my dahlias & chocolate cosmos into their final pots. Because of the garden's slug population. I grow them all in pots on the patio. They are still in the unheated greenhouse for the time being. J.
Thanks for the advise, will keep going with the baking, watch this space. Every now and then I like to make a big pan of potato hash, hence the pie Q, left overs are usually frozen but are delish in pasties or with a crust on and eaten with pickled red cabbage.
Frank - I like the challenge of making bread without the machine. No probs with batter, can make yorkshires to die for, never fail to rise.
Clear blue skies and the sun was out this morning at 7am with a chill in the air but forecast dull and wet later in the day, left the GH door and plastic GH. Did lots of potting up at the weekend.
I've been spraying stuff with a garlic mix to deter slugs, not sure it works but it makes me feel as though I'm fighting to keep the population down
Stockton "orrible wever" Rain storms windy cold, can only get better.
Zoomer, with the time I would not use the machine, if pushed the machine will do the mixing and knocking down whilst I do something else, then take it out to raise it and cook in the oven, as an Engineer "well ex" I would use the available tools to make life easy, Jus-Rol will give a nice pie topping and save a lot of time for you rushing around people, now I have all the time in the world apart from family tea or lunch.
Weather is quite nice today. Sun is trying to shine, no wind and it's dry. Got some lily plantIng done
Warm, sunny, rain, cold, windy. Changing every half hour or so. Been back and forth to greenhouses as though I'm on elastic. AND been bitten on ankle by some little nasty, well I will walk around outside in crocs even when my feet go blue. As you'll tell from numerous posts I've been fed up & frustrated at not being in the garden much today.
It was awful this morning- heavy rain, cold & windy. This afternoon it's actually brighter & dryer with some sun, but the wind has increased again. No gardening was planned for today, apart from opening/closing coldframes. Tomorrow maybe? J.
Stockton Sunshine, it perked up yesterday and we had a lovely sunset, today wall to wall sunshine and the clothes about to go out on the line.
Leicester was nice and warm and sunny this morning, now it's clouding over slightly though, we're expecting rain later on today, but it's all great for my seeds sitting outside the patio doors
Somerset is sunnyand the wind has dropped.At the moment we have blue skies and white clouds,although looking across towards Wales it looks a lot greyer,and looking at the cloud movement it appears to be coming our way.
WManchester- not too cold overnight after all. Today has been predominately dry & even some sun! Then this evening we've had a couple of thunder claps & now it's steady rain- good because I forgot to water in the planting I did earlier!! J.
Bright and clear skies this morning with a chill in the air. Same again this evening when I got home from work, but in between it's rained as the ground was sodden.