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Gluten Free Bread

My partner is gluten-free and since getting into bread baking, I have been trying to perfect a gluten-free loaf. I generally got to the point where I thought it actually wasn’t possible. This gluten-free bread actually tastes like bread, and for any of you who have tried gluten-free bread, you will know what a feat this is! So I just had to share it. Ingredients 8g active dry yeast 20g superfine caster sugar 390g warm water divided 20g psyllum husk - V IMPORTANT 120g buckwheat flower 100 g potato starch / corn starch 90g brown rice flour (you can replace the 3 above flours with a GF bread flour - 320g) 10g table salt 12g apple cider vinegar Instructions: In...

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Growing Food From Your Food

Wearing The Vida Signet During lockdown we have really got into our gardening, and the pure delight of growing food from our food. Above you can see a Bok Choy grown from one we bought from the shops. All we did is stick the left over stalk in some water until it showed signs of growth and roots. We then planted it up in a pot. We have now done this with fennel, celery, garlic, spring onions. Its so easy to do and saves you a few pennies here and there too! We have also started growing quite a few other fruit and veg - top tip to keep them pesky slugs - grapefruit skins and eggs shells! Also lay...

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Making Croissants

Tartine Bakery Croisants When I first looked at how to make Croissants it looked next to impossible, but Tartine's book lays it out really easily with amazing imagery to follow. I will outline the recipe below but I really suggest you buy this book this is just a taster to the amazing bread and baked goods. I follow the sourdough recipe and its amazing. Buy the book here Ingredients milk whole 450g leaven 300 g poolish 400g bread flour about 1000g salt 28g sugar 85g active dry yeast 10g Adding the butter 400g unsalted butter 1/2 cup flour Egg Wash 2 large eggs tablespoon of cream Method Have your poolish and leaven ready before you begin. (Do this the night before) If they float in...

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Elderflower Cordial + Champagne

My mums hand bound book she made me of family recipes. Wearing Marmo Signet and Vida Terracotta. Elderflower Cordial + Champagne I grew up with my mum making this deliciously sweet syrup every year. She has a massive terracotta pot that sits in the kitchen which she stirs every morning and evening. It’s delicious and really easy to make, and now is the season, the Elderflower trees are blooming with the beautiful flowers. Below I have attached my Mums and Grandfathers recipes.   Elderflower Cordial 2 1/2 pints boiling water 4lbs white sugar (I know its a ton but you only use a dash in each drink!) 30 elderflower heads 2 1/2 oz citric acid - (you can buy natural...

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The Art of doing Absolutely Nothing

The Art Of Doing Absolutely Nothing Slowing Down For some of you, this might just be the time to do absolutely nothing. Here are a few things to help you slow down and do nothing.. Stretching Every morning my partner and I have been waking up and doing half an hour to an hour of stretching. I can’t recommend this enough, I feel like a new woman! Get your Yogi Bare mat here. Drink Coffee and Lie In The Sun It’s sunny in the UK, amazing I know… so slow down and enjoy it, and get that vitamin D your body’s been craving all winter! Even if you can’t get outside sit by a sunny window. Meditation There was never...

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Making Candles

Candle Making We made some pretty yummy smelling candles!   First melt the wax in a glass container above a pan of boiling water. ( we also recycled some wax we already had). Once it has melted add your choice of essential oils. Let it cook for a minute or two. Poor into a container with the wick in the middle. Use two pens or two sticks to hold the wick in place. We used wooden wicks but there are loads available online. Enjoy your candle making!

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Make your own Moisturiser

Make your own Moisturiser   Make your own Moisturiser Make your own Moisturiser MAKE YOUR OWN MOISTURISER 1 cup of cocoa butter 3 tablespoons of your chosen oils 10 drops of your chosen essential oils   I have recently started making my own moisturizer, I am still experimenting, but here’s what I do! Melt the cocoa butter in a ceramic bowl above a pan of water. Add in your chosen oil, I use olive oil coconut oil and jojoba oil. I try different ones each time, including a variety of nut oils. Once it’s all melted you pop it in the freezer or fridge to cool. When it starts to turn hard around the edges, add your chosen essential oils...

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Try something new: Collaging

Try Something New I have always wanted to try collaging. Firstly it’s much harder than I expected. I firstly looked at some of the art I have saved on Instagram over the years. I then just experimented. The result is above! We took inspiration from @jenbpeters and @filippaedghill.  

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How to Bake Bread

How To Bake Bread There has never been a better time to start baking bread. The process of making something is always a good way to be present. 500g of bread flour - I use 100g strong white and 400g brown bread flour 25g of butter 1 tbsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp salt 1tsp fast-action dried yeast 230ml water Seeds of your choice - poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds   How to: Put the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips. Add sugar salt and yeast. Dust a surface with flour. Mix in warm water a little at a time, you might not need all the water. Don’t worry if it’s sticky. Knead it...

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The Best Cookie Recipe

The Perfect Cookie Recipe Soft in the middle but a little crunch to the outside? I have you covered for the best cookie recipe. Another day in the house in self-isolation and you are wondering what to do? Well, how about these cookies…. I made them gluten and dairy-free and they where delicious. 200g gluten-free plain white flour 100-150g soft brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon Xantham gum (only for gluten-free) Pinch of salt 50ml coconut oil (or other oil) 1 tbsp of vanilla extract 1 egg Green and Blacks cooking chocolate 2/4 a bar Method: Line baking tray with parchment and pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, xantham gum, and salt...

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