Image attached is my first crop of home grown Asparagus. Planted about 6 months ago in Brisbane Australia and after allowing the growth of full shoots and flowers(which are quite pretty) I have been able to harvest 4 spears that have risen above the soil surface.
I took this opportunity to Photograph them as you see in the image as well as stitch a panorama for my Macro Pano Food series.
mission – create calzone for morning tea.
accepted – make flat bread recipe. mm the smell of growing yeast, the feel of dough and the anticipation of cooking and eating. while proving prepare a fresh tomato base and cut items for the filling. portion dough, roll out, paste half with tomato add cheese and topping. fold over into a half moon and seal edge( now how does that edge fold go?) really any edge will do, the more rustic the better. allow to prove, brush with oil, sprinkle with salt flakes and bake until perfect. oh! the smell, the colour, the warm home just baked feeling you get, Totally worth it. the eating is good to, like a perfect climax to the best movie(s#x).
What to do for my best friend and life partner. Dinner? Movie? Quiet Night in? Well I figured a Sunset Picnic would be perfect. While wandering through the supermarket I searched for all the things we both love to fill a basket. Brie, Liverwurst, Proscuitto, Blue Cheese, Fresh Turkish Bread, Plain crackers, French Onion Dip, Maple Flavoured Cashews, Coloured Corn, Liquorice Bullets, Greek Yoghurt, Croissants, Lemon,Lime and Bitters and our traditional gift of Gillian Chocolate Shells.
Linda, Me our puppy Indy, Mickey Mouse rug, Picnic basket and a nice park to enjoy the sun setting. For us perfect. What do you think?
Quick and simple yet tasty. Frozen sweet paste shell, caramel filling can and fresh pears, peeled, halved, cored and poached in cinnamon anise stock syrup.
Bake tarts, spoon in caramel, slice pears into half again and slice length ways and fan out onto the tarts. Brush with the stock syrup once it has been reduced to almost toffee.
Today’s mission was to create hot cross buns for the girls at Brisbane girls grammar school. Make the ferment, make the dough, prove for 40 mins, knock back prove for 20 mins, weigh and ball into trays, prove until double , brush with egg wash, pipe on the cross(just flour, oil and water), bake in old stony (our ancient bakers oven), turn often to escape the shocking hot spots, cool in tray for 5 mins, dust with icing mix and return to oven to melt the sugar a little. Alternatively make a sugar syrup and slap in on top with pastry brush like your painting a fence(this will create a creamy fondant icing). Turn out of tray and savour the magic smell of yeast and spice before you tray and serve.