In My Kitchen February 2017

Well we are back and rearing to go! A shout out to Liz over at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things for taking the time to hook us all up. Head on over and have a peek at some amazing kitchen happenings from around the world.

So what have we got going on this month? Bread, bread and lots more bread I’m afraid. I have become quite obsessed with trying as many different grains, methods and styles as I can. I have set up a Facebook Page too hoping to get more ‘local’ sourdough lovers to share their stories, learn more about making sour dough and offering tips for local suppliers of baking supplies like flour and equipment. If you are interested or have a friend who is interested tell them to come and join in. Sourdough Baking Australia & New Zealand is a closed group so people need to ask to join or be invited by Members. Some of my recent baking highlights have been; barley bread,barley breadSome home milled wholewheat blend.bestand I’ve been working on mastering the making of sourdough croissants. sweet-starter-croissantsThe finished croissant.Sourdough croissantsWhile doing some research on dough lamination, I stumbled across this youtube video  where the chef uses what he calls a ‘tarp’ for rolling his pastry. I had never heard of this concept so off to the Google Research Centre and I discovered some really interesting information about the benefits of using a pastry cloth to toll pastry on. Seemed too good to be true, so off to Spotlight for fabric and using these basic instructions I made a couple of pastry cloths. I found them to be everything they were touted to be and I love the fact many mentioned that they had their family ‘hand-me-downs’ from mothers and grandmothers tucked away in their drawers. I made a double layered large one and 2 smaller single layer ones, but after using them I think the double is much better, so I’ll just fold the smaller ones when I use them. I only dusted flour twice while rolling out these croissants. No sticking whatever. pastry-clothOf course I had to have croissant for breakfast didn’t I? Here are a couple of the finished items along with a cup of tea made in the delightful cup with a china infuser and hat that I was given for my birthday. The spotty pots are a couple of my favourites too.tea-croissants The little cap on the infuser acts as a drip tray when you remove the leaves from the cup and as a lid for the cup when not in use. I love it.infuser-cupWe have finally been able to hang some pictures that were stored and this photo is one my nephew (who is a very talented photographer) had at his exhibition. She is a peanut-seller at the market in Vietnam and he really captured the essence so well it came home with us. Unfortunately my photo doesn’t do it justice at all!peanut-lady When I left work our Parents & Friends Association very kindly gave me a voucher for my favourite shop in Warragul, String & Salt.  String & Salt  have an excellent selection of quality homewares and cooking equipment, they run some incredible cooking classes and they also sell Falcon Ovens which is where we bought ours. The key factor to being a delight to deal with, is their level of service, not easy to find these days and they shine. Anyway, I used my voucher to get this gorgeous little Burgon & Ball Trug. We are starting to get a run of tomatoes coming in, not much else I must say, I know I’ve not been as attentive this season but things just seem sparse. Neighbours and friends are all saying the same so I’m glad it isn’t just my neglect.Burton Ball TrugThen finally In My Kitchen this month is something a bit different. I’m finding undoing the car seat, high chair and pram clips are causing excruciating pain to my dodgy fingers so I went back to the Google Research Centre and found this little thing called a buckle bopper.  You rest it in the palm of your hand and the knobby bit pushes in the clip and releases it.buckle-bopper It was ridiculously expensive for what it is and there are no Australian sellers so postage was also up there but if it reduces pain levels it’s not too bad.

So that’s my lot for “In My Kitchen” this month, I’m popping over to Liz’s now

for a peek into some of the others.

About fergie51

Sourdough baker, teacher, eater and student. Sustainable living advocate and passionate food grower. Conduct sourdough baking classes at my home and administrator of Facebook support page for Australian & New Zealand sourdough bakers.
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31 Responses to In My Kitchen February 2017

  1. Anne Wheaton says:

    Your bread and croissants look absolutely fabulous. Whenever I’ve tried to make croissants they’ve looked a little haphazard, not at all like your beautifully contoured ones. I’d never heard of a pastry cloth but need one NOW! Have followed your link and will be off to the fabric shop first thing tomorrow.

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  2. Glenda says:

    Maree, your croissants look perfect.


  3. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

    Ah,I’m envious of all your bread making endeavours, Maree. I have had to stop eating bread almost completely, because my system cannot tolerate it, not from a digestive point of view, and the gluten/wheat etc. Your loves and those croissants look amazing! And I love the polka dotted tea set. Thank you for the lovely shout out and happy new year to you xx


  4. ladyredspecs says:

    You’re a mine of info Maree! I think dough cloths are the answer to my baguette shaping mess, I’ll make like a Parisian baker! Hopefully I can find some unbleached twill at Spotlight. I could do with a buckle bopper too….


  5. Your sourdough exploits are amazing! I had no idea you could make sourdough croissants – seriously I could demolish a couple of your ham and cheese ones right now I’ve just come back from the gym 🙂


  6. So much going on in your kitchen! Really appreciate the links to those tarps. They sound ideal. Really want to try my hand at making sourdough croissants. Yours look so lovely and professional. And, such a lovely trug! And, seeing the peanut seller, I agree, there is a lot of talent there.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Thanks Debi, my nephew put the link to the pic in the comments. Looks much better than my pic! I am really enjoying the challenge of the croissants, still a way to go with the lamination but they taste pretty good. 🙂


  7. thesnowwoman says:

    Your croissants look amazing!

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  8. Yum!!! Such beautiful photos!!! Makes me feel quite hungry!! Have just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award- my post about it will be coming out on the 16th February 2017. Happy Baking and Eating of course!!!

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  9. Good lord – your bread looks brilliant – and those croissants a just perfect too! Clever, clever you.

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  10. Gretchen says:

    Every time I’ve seen your croissants on Instagram I drool! The look fantastic. I’ll have to look into the cloth. I always said I wouldn’t even try making croissants but you make me wan to change my mind. The polka dot tea set is adorable too.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Have a go Gretchen, it’s not as hard as I was led to believe. Now I’ve done them a couple of times I think I’m beginning to understand the process a bit better each time. Enjoying the challenge!

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  11. Pastry cloths… very interesting 🙂
    I love the peanut seller photo, stylish in blaxk white. One of a kind art for your kitchen.

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  12. Kim Bultman says:

    Maree, your breads are SO beautiful and your croissants look heavenly. (Cool tip on the “tarp” too; I’ve never used a pastry cloth… something to think about.) Your spotted pots are adorable! Hope the buckle bopper helps your fingers… it’sworth the investment to not be in pain! xo

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  13. all that amazing bread and croissants- so beautiful. and i am severely in love with that trug- a real thing of beauty and usefulness. the photo of the peanut seller is also lovely.


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