The rise of the micro-bakery

Happy Monday folks,

The other day I was sent this on Twitter about a Radio 4 programme discussing the apparent increase in popularity of micro-bakeries in the UK.

This was something that I was considering myself a while ago and it seems that my gut instinct was right!

You can listen to the programme here and it makes for an interesting listen.

I have always said that you can’t beat home baked bread free from all the additives and junk that is packed into store bought bread and it makes me feel great that there is this resurgence in artisan bread making and, more importantly, that people are willing to pay the extra for it even in these austere times…

Don’t forget about my FREE book today!

Hi folks,

Just a reminder that I have a brand new book on free promotion for the next 2 days. Any downloads and reviews much appreciated 🙂

This is a smoothie recipe book; who doesn’t love a delicious, nutritious fruit packed smoothie!?! It contains 57 recipes including green smoothies and also a free gift of a downloadable pdf containing 25 more smoothies to help you build muscle and lose fat. Enjoy 🙂

Links:

US: Simply Great Smoothies!

UK: Simply Great Smoothies!

Simply Great Smoothies!

 

 

 

Another free book :)

Hi folks,

I have a brand new book on free promotion on Wed 26th – Thurs 27th. Any downloads and reviews much appreciated 🙂

This is a smoothie recipe book; who doesn’t love a delicious, nutritious fruit packed smoothie!?! It contains 57 recipes including green smoothies and also a free gift of a downloadable pdf containing 25 more smoothies to help you build muscle and lose fat. Enjoy 🙂

Links:

US: Simply Great Smoothies!

UK: Simply Great Smoothies!

Simply Great Smoothies!

Everyone loves a pie!

Hi folks,

For a change from the usual big slab of meat for Sunday lunch I decided to make a pie. The next quandary was 1 big pie or individual pies and the family decided that they wanted individual pies – I am sure this is to spite me as they know it involves a lot more work!

Saturday afternoon was spent slow cooking the pie filling (beef, mushroom, carrot and onion) over 4-5 hours until the meat was melt in the mouth.

This morning I made a batch of crumbly short crust pastry which I placed in the fridge for an hour before assembling the pies:

Pies - in the making!

The mushrooms were actually a last-minute addition for me and my wife so to distinguish the pies with the added dreaded fungus I added a little moniker!

Pies- ready for the oven

After 30 minutes in a moderate oven the delicious pastry pockets were ready; cue everyone scrambling for the roast potatoes which is obviously the best part of a Sunday lunch!

Pies - baked to perfection :)

What did you do for Sunday lunch and do you too love the PIE??

Kids love the kitchen too!

Last weekend we had a lazy weekend at home and the kids wanted to make something in the kitchen. Cue recipe books flying around the room. There was eventually a toss-up between home-made fudge and peppermint creams.

After much debate arguing the pros and cons of both they decided on the peppermint creams (obviously covered in chocolate).

It was a simple recipe – the hardest thing is waiting for them to dry before dipping in chocolate and then waiting AGAIN for the chocolate to set.

Here is the result of their endeavours (by the way they were delicious – well done kids 🙂

Peppermint creams

 

Spicy Pittas

Hi folks,

Do you like pitta breads? I baked some up last week but pimped them by adding 1tsp of cumin and smoked paprika, and 1/2tsp turmeric and they were absolutely delicious 🙂

pitta

 

This is why I love to bake my own as you can have stuff that you will never find in the shops.

How have you pimped your breads, I would love to know?