The days are getting warmer, and instead of spending time in the kitchen we are spending time at the beach. We went camping for the first week of the month, camping food and champagne was the menu. During that week I celebrated my day of birth, although we had been celebrating for about four days prior to that with sky diving and a party.
In my kitchen are some beautiful gifts that I have been lucky enough to receive from the beautiful friends that I am lucky enough to have.
These glasses and silver tray are from some amazing new friends that I have been lucky enough to get to know. The glasses ‘ting’ when flicked, I can’t wait to enjoy a beautiful glass of wine in them.
This pair of stunning black mugs, also a birthday gift, were given to me to match my current black obsession. Recently, from op shops, I have picked up a black dinner set and a black tea set, that these mugs compliment beautifully. They’re also gorgeous to drink out of.
My friends know me well, a lover of tea I am. These beautiful duck egg blue pieces were from a long time friend who I don’t get to see a lot of. Every time I pour a cup I will think of her.
I’m super excited to have received a Romertopf! Celia often shares recipes she has cooked in hers and the results always look mouth watering. I’m yet to cook in it, and I haven’t picked what I will cook first but I’m looking forward to that first venture!
My benches are always covered in sourdough starter resting, or loaves rising, or sourdough starter drying, or even loaves cooling. Today there’s a combination of all four.
The weather has been so hot the last few days that the loaves I baked this morning took less that 24 hours from first feed of sourdough starter to the first slice of hot focaccia. I fed up two different batches of sourdough starter yesterday one at 80% hydration for the focaccia and one at 166% for our regular toast loaves.
I fed them 3 times throughout the day and by early afternoon they were bubbling out of their bowls.
I mixed up the loaves and when I woke this morning, the dough had risen out and on to the bench. I knew it was going to be hot today, so I started baking early.
By 9 am I had 4 loaves of bread and one massive slab of focaccia. We’ll have no trouble polishing it off.
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