Spring · Uncategorized

The trouble with sourdough bread, or, when the bread gets tough, the tough make panzanella.

The two loaves of sourdough bread that I baked this week turned out unexpectedly.  I prepared my leaven and bread mixture the night before I intended to bake.  I noticed the first signs of trouble in the morning, when my leaven failed the float test — an indication of weak yeast activity.  I’m contributing the… Continue reading The trouble with sourdough bread, or, when the bread gets tough, the tough make panzanella.

Uncategorized · Winter

In the pantry, apple chips, brown bread, a good movie and thoughts on dinner.

Slowly and surely I’ve been using up some of the foods we’ve kept for a while in our cupboards and on our countertops.  Split-peas, tricolor quinoa, barley and an assortment of lentils have been sneaking their way into our meals as of late.  Today I tried making apple chips for the first time.  Thin shavings… Continue reading In the pantry, apple chips, brown bread, a good movie and thoughts on dinner.