Not Just a Dough But a State of Mind: Flavoured Glutenfree Sourdough Bread

“When I hear somebody say ‘Life is hard’, I am always tempted to ask ‘Compared to what?’” Sydney J. Harris Sourdough is a special thing. It requires hard work and experience, but – indeed – every bite worth the effort that its making. Even in itself sourdough has a tangy, special, deep and unique taste, […]

Little Pleasures: Glutenfree Sourdough Focaccia with Tomatoes and Herbs

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden “Thinking big” is the fashionable and the one-to-follow lifestyle of today’s world. Whilst it is nothing inherently wrong with it, when one believes that “big” is better than “small”, that “stretching to the limit” is what everyone must do, that […]

The most Healthy Ingredient of Baked Vegetable Soup: Love!

“What infants need is the opportunity and time to take in and figure out the world around them.” Magda Gerber There are some special foody people in the big wide world who have ingredients on their fingertips, recipes coming out of their lips and the smell of cooked or baked gold floating around them wherever […]

Free From Bread and Better: Glutenfree Sourdough

Where there’s a mill there’s a way… Old proverb When most people think “gluten-free”, they think that quality bread is no longer an option. The Free From Fruit Yeast Sourdough is a recipe method I developed when I learned that I had multiple food allergies: gluten, dairy and soy. I was also a little sensitive […]

Working with Old Baking Methods: Flame Roasted Aubergine Spread

“Everything you have contact with will be woven into your garden.” Kathy Stinson Where should I start….a picturesque garden full of ripe produce signifies and summarizes good people and good life. Good people, who have the love, care and attention to nurture plants, so they provide pleasure for others…Good life, where Mother Nature hugs the […]

Winter Power: Shiitake Mushroom Muffins

“Mushrooms are like men–the bad most closely counterfeit the good.” Gavarni Mushrooms have always been approached with great human curiosity. Associated with magic, spiritual power and mystical revelation, mushrooms have been used as foods, healing agents, poisons, ritual artifacts, and hallucinogens. They are hunted by enthusiasts the world over, and play a central role in numerous lavish […]

A Little Drop of Summer: Zacusca and Walnut Soft Bundt Bread

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck   Zacuscă (Romanian) is a vegetable spread popular in Romania.The main ingredients are roasted eggplant, sauteed onions, tomato paste, and roasted red peppers . Some add mushrooms, carrots, or celery. Bay leaves are added as spice, as well […]

An Ultimate Surprise: No-fuss Glutenfree Sandwich Loaf

“How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life.” Marcus Aurelius   Soft, traditionally tasting and high-rising…not necessarily what one associates with gluten-free bread. Most gluten free baked goods are dry, crumbly and their taste resembles that of paper (especially for whoever tried to eat paper). It is, however, possible […]

The Humble Scone and His Outfits : the Cheese, the Potato, the Ham, the Soured Cream and all…

“…when someone says they hate scones that generally means they’ve never had a good scone…” Unknown What are scones? Bread? Pastry? Cake? Dessert? Side-dish? Main? In my experience it depends on the ingredients, on the occasion and on the cultural heritage.   Scones originally were types of quick bread. I Scotland for example, originally made […]

Forever Foraging: Apple and Cheese Frangipane Tartlet

“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart: Your seeds shall live in my body, And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart, And your fragrance shall be my breath, And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.” Khalil Gibran Autumn is the time […]