My first attempt at making sourdough was to put it mildly ..... abysmal...I baked two house-bricks !! I am not put off yet...however I'm not sure where I went wrong. Am attempting 'take 2' today...already off to a bad start as the dough looks the same as this one...something not quite right at the very early stages I fear. I am still going to bake them and see what I wind up with...if nothing else it is good practise on oven temperatures...my first efforts cooked on the outside very early in the process and started to overcook and the middle was still not right... food for thought.
|Very sad looking preformed dough...didn't have a 'gluten skin' I think is the problem.|
|Sad looking house-bricks...very doughy in the middle and definitely no hollow sound when knocked on !!|
February lunch with friends...J&A produced a lovely Rick Stein Moroccan chicken dish, the Big K and Robbie supplied pearl couscous with delicious Mediterranean bits.... I was designated to bring salad so roast beetroot, sweet potato, asparagus with macadamia nuts...J&M brought up the rear with dessert..baklava and stuffed dates (sorry J didn't get a good picture of them)...lots of wine and laughs as always.
|The usual suspects !!|
|Delicious lunch. !!|
My man and I took a five day break to Batemen's Bay to celebrate my birthday...fortunately the dogs were included as the accommodation was dog friendly...Daisy knew something was up because once I got the suitcases out she plonked herself in my man's travel bag and wouldn't get out...she is so gorgeous..she even had her 'Santa Monkey' toy who she wanted to bring along with her.
|Daisy packing herself for out road trip to Bateman's Bay !!|
We spent five beautiful days here . Carrie was a fabulous host. It is a B&B on a 20 acre farmstay...loads of farm animals, situated on the Clyde river...nothing to do but sit back and relax...the fluffy girls had a great time.. They even behaved themselves when we took them into town each day for lunch at local cafe's. it was a really beautiful spot and lovely accommodation.
|The view from our deck to the Clyde River in Nelligen.|
|The lovely Anna directing the sauce making.|
|everyone getting hands on with the gnocchi making....|
I'm off to put the next lot of sourdough into the oven....wish me luck !