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Baking Bad

Light Rye   Having got the hang of the basic technique, I’m now trying to extend my range. This was the first time I used rye. Great crust colour and flavour – and it made a change to bake a ciabatta.   This was the same recipe, but baked as a boule.   Baker’s Yeast…

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Public Service Broadcasting

  I went to see Public Service Broadcasting at the National Space Centre in Leicester last night. I loved their first album but sophomore attempts can be more challenging. Not in this case, though.   They’ve taken a stand against people watching gigs through their mobile phone screens, and people posting video to youtube. Good. I took…

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The Search for the Holey Grail

Attempt 6 tw;dr (too wet; didn’t rise) Attempt 7 75g starter, 450g flour, 375ml water, 5g salt (84% hydrated) Changed to Canadian Strong Flour No-knead method Used banneton and cloche Some scoring didn’t cut through the surface Crumb development good where the loaf could rise Cooking time was fine Attempt 8 75g starter, 450g flour,…

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Swamp Castle

Attempt 4 300g starter, 350g flour, 240g water (77.23% hydrated) Lively starter, autolysed, Bertinet slap-and-fold – but very very over-worked as it took me ages to get the technique. Messed up the final fold. Poor seam. So-so crumb. Nice oven spring. Attempt 5 300g starter, 350g flour, 240g water (77.23% hydrated) – as before Followed a…

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E-luminate Festival

We nipped into the city centre early yesterday evening to see parts of the E-luminate Festival. Old Schools and the Senate-House had a series of monochromatic patterns projected onto them. Very trippy. If you’re in the area, the festival finishes tonight so last chance to see… at least for this year.

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Sourdough bread – what I’ve learned so far

I’ve been trying to get better at making pizza from scratch over the last few months, and Nessa bought me Franco Manca: Artisan Pizza for Christmas to help. As a result, I bought a pizza stone and got a sourdough starter going using these instructions – and the pizzas quickly went to another level. But what I…

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A pint? That’s very nearly an armful.

Giving blood is a good thing to do. It takes about an hour, end to end, and you’re asked to donate a few times a year. Not a big time investment, plus you get a free bag of crisps and cup of tea each time you do it. It looks like it’s going to hurt,…

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Reflections on Glass

Google’s Glass program is no more, at least in its current form. I’ve been using Glass on-and-off since May 2014 so I’ve been part of that journey. I had some very interesting (and in some respect, profound) experiences, so this is a good point to record them. Glass launched with an Apple-style event for the geeks…

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In praise of Plex

  Plex is nowhere nearly as widely-known as it should be. If any of the following applies to you, you should check it out: Your DVD library is huge and taking up too much space Your kids have a habit of wrecking their favourite DVDs You want to be able to watch your films or TV…