Mixing it…

As regular readers will know, I make my own bread and, for the last year or so have had to use a Kenwood Chef Classic to do the grunt work (mixing and kneading). Deeply unimpressed to find that, used just once a week for bread (making two 2lb loaves), and again, very recently, for muffins, it’s now making ominous graunching noises, especially when mixing dough.

I’ve tried dribbling food-grade oil into the very few access points, but any improvement is short-lived. If it fails, there’s no bread, so Continue reading

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My Breadmaking Progresses…

Happy New Year, folks!

2010 is going to be the year in which I get seriously into bread-making. OK, I can make pretty good bread already, but with having to work around the problems of my health, it can be difficult.

The first change is buying a mixer, which frees me from the problem of having a good day, healthwise, before I can bake. I was torn, as I’ve mentioned previously, between the Kenwood Chef Classic (white only),


and a fire-engine red KitchenAid Artisan. (The candy-apple red special edition is stunning.)


In the end, though, it was no contest. The…

Read the full version on my breadmaking blog here.

Pickles and bread…

Christmas is pretty much the only time I buy pickles, and every year I’m disappointed by the quality.

This week I’ve bought a jar of Sainsbury’s sweet piccalilli – deeply crap bits of rubbery veg in a sickly-sweet goop that also manages to be savagely acidic. That’s because, while sugar is the greatest ingredient, it’s followed closely by

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