Oh man, I’ve been canning until the middle of the night! I just finished some pickles (garlic dill, traditional garlic and sweet crunch) and a neighbour just came by with 6 lbs of plums. I’m out tomorrow so I set right to making a simple jam. He might have more and if he does I’ll put up some plum chutney and some spiced plum butter NOM. In the meantime I’ve been back to my bread! A whole new world of bread has opened to me. Gone are the days of “pretty good” bread. If you buy one bread book buy “the Breadmaker’s Apprentice”. It’s brilliant. If you want to learn the ins and outs, the chemistry, the basics this is your book. I’ve never made better bread. Peter Reindhart is passionate and an excellent teacher, but most of all it’s just so well laid out it sucks you in. I made a perfect sandwich bread that I had to give away before I ate it all, and a Pain Compagne that was better than anything I’ve tried for a rustic bread and I still know that I can make it 10X better with the knowledge I got from this book. Buy it, or get it out from your library. Awesome.
Anyways, that’s me. I’m not growing much this year but I’m canning and baking my heart out! I’m going to try greek yoghurt next weekend. Await the post with my hilarious errors 🙂