Monthly Archives: April 2014

Given how much I like to cook and eat, it’s quite amazing that I haven’t posted anything about food until now. I know, right? I was surprised myself. My lovely friend Gemma is a bit of a baking whizz and I’ve always been hopeless at making bread so she offered to give me a lesson. My husband bakes gorgeous bread and is a bit too smug about it for my liking so I wanted to give it a go. We decided to make a herby tear and share bread which was a nice easy one to start with and tasted pretty good (you can find the original recipe on Gemma’s blog).

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You will need

560g strong white bread flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp dried milk

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp sugar

3 tsp of your favourite herbs (we used rosemary and oregano)

2 1/2 tsp quick yeast

330ml of tepid water

Add all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and pour in the water, combine with a fork until it forms a dough.

Gemma’s top tip

“Use digital scales so you can get your measurements exactly right. There’s a bit of a science to bread making and this will give you the best results.”

herb bread recipe-005The dough is meant to be a little sticky/wet.  Knead the dough on a surface for at least 10 minutes.   If it’s too sticky to knead, add a tiny amount of flour to surface.  (The more flour you add the heavier your bread will be so add it sparingly.)

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herb bread recipe-010Put the dough into a greased bowl with olive oil and cover.  Leave it to proof for about an hour or until it’s double the size. Don’t leave it any longer.

After leaving the bread to proof, knead it again for about 5 more minutes. Cut the dough in half and then each half into 8 pieces. Grease 2 tins and put 8 of the dough rolls in each tin with a small gap between them. Cover and leave to proof for another 30 minutes.herb bread recipe-011herb bread recipe-012herb bread recipe-013herb bread recipe-014herb bread recipe-015

Sprinkle the bread with flour and bake at 180c for 30minutes or until golden brown.  When the bread is cooked it should make a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom!herb bread recipe-016

Thanks for sharing, Gemma! Make sure you take a look at Gemma’s Toddler Kitchen for more recipe ideas.

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Back to school on Wednesday and while I’m OMGSOEXCITED about all the fun stuff that’s coming up in the next few weeks, I’m wishing we could have an Easter holiday do-over. I spent the first week still feeling pretty awful and was prodded and poked over several days while we figured out what was wrong with me (appendicitis, promise I won’t keep going on about it but seriously….don’t think I’ve ever felt so poorly in my life. OK, done whinging now). As a result, I wasn’t very much fun and we spent a lot of time at home watching Peppa Pig and Frozen and eating all the Easter eggs. Last week was much better so along with a couple of mini-shoots, we did a lot of exploring and picnicking. Sandwiches taste so much better outdoors, don’t you think? We finished off the Easter celebrations with a trip to see family, our first night out without the kids in MONTHS (obviously we spent the whole time talking about them…) and a chilly egg hunt in the garden. Happy days.

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It’s Siblings time once again and, again, it seemed to creep up on me and I was woefully unprepared. I haven’t been on form the last couple of weeks (appendicitis, fun times) so I’m going to blame it on that. So last night, I realised that it was tomorrow (thought the 10th was Friday, FFS) and that 1 out of 2 was already in bed….what to do? And so I’m live blogging. My little darlings during breakfast this morning. Admittedly, they never usually sit so close to each other because of the tomfoolery that’s likely to occur but when there’s no school to get ready for, it’s rather sweet. I love the sound of them laughing together.

Bed Heads. In a year or two, I will likely be in trouble for this one.

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Today I’m sending you over to Chloe who blogs at Sorry About The Mess (best blog name ever). Her photography is lovely, as are her two sweet boys so your eyes are in for a treat. I’m hoping to meet her soon so we can talk photography and be camera geeks together.

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