Showing posts with the label Slow Food

Food Sharing

World Vegan Month Day 18. As well as making the apple compote yesterday, we made a nut roast and apple cake for our communal food sharing supper here at Cotna.  We whizzed up 150g walnuts, 50g peanuts, 200g bread with juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon each of dried sage and thyme, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree and a heaped teaspoon of miso paste dissolved in a cup of hot water. Then added our dhal and rice leftovers from Saturday, a pinch of sea salt and sprinkle of black pepper. Once mixed we put it in a loaf tin and baked it on a medium heat for 40 minutes. Just so easy to make! There was also roasted veggies from the garden. As well as stir fried kale and Brussel sprouts. Apple Cake...  Served with Oat Cream and a splash of sloe gin. And Daisy the Cotna baby was hoping to join us! See you tomorrow. Love Kay and Sime xx

Making Organic Sourdough

After many years of bread making, I have finally learned (thanks to Sara at Cotna Eco Retreat ) how to make sourdough this year - using a wonderful old starter made from organic rye flour and pure spring water. As usual, I've tweaked the original bread recipe just because I like to make things simple and we both prefer denser breads.  ♥ Scroll down for the recipe ♥ Feeding the starter. I keep the starter in the fridge until ready to use, then add organic rye flour and warm water. This is how it looks when mixed in... And this is after around 8 hours. The starter gets added to the other bread ingredients and forms the dough.  I use Shipton Mill organic flours and mix it up for variety. Our favourites are stoneground wholemeal, extra coarse wholemeal, wholemeal spelt, light malthouse and dark rye. This is how it looks after being left usually overnight. I line the banneton (proofing basket) I like to use polenta and sesame seeds, inst