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what i’ve been doing

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i have worked out how to transfer photos from my phone to my laptop, so photos are back!


i’ve been baking. this is a 5 seed bread which is surprisingly like a cake mixture consistency before the 1st rising. it bubbles and doubles in size, then bakes for 40mins. i froze half of it, and the rest we’ll have with our dinner tonight. I ground some whole wheat, added some bakers flour, rice flour, potato flour and a mixture of seeds (sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, linseeds, oats) saving some to sprinkle on the top before baking. It’s a lovely soft airy bread (thankyou Thermomix)

by request, i made some steamed red bean buns for breakfast this morning. i made the dough last night and punched it down this morning, rolled the rolls up with a good dollop of red beans in the middle, steamed for 15mins. the kids couldn’t believe their eyes. such a favourite, but usually for sunday afternoons.

i’ve been sewing. this is a sweet little blanket for the newest baby in our street. i used the last of my organic hemp fabric left over from nappy-making days.
i’ve been reading, all these are going at once (as usual, i have 5 or 6 books on the go at the same time):
“Apples for Jam” by Tessa Kiros is a gorgeous cookbook with lots of wholefood homestyle recipes. it’s sprinkled throughout with kid’s drawings and photos and i love to open and cook something. we’ve had lots of dinners out of it already.
“Buddhism for mothers of schoolchildren” is also inspiring and comforting me in these hectic days.
“The uncommon reader” by Alan Bennett. I always chuckle when i read Alan Bennett, and this books makes me want to read and read and read.
“The crossing places” by Elly Griffiths. a bit of mystery and chills with this forensic archaeologist. pure escapism.
i’m -still – studying. i’m concentrating on my last 3 subjects.
i’ve been watching my favourite tv series on dvd – “The Eagle, a crime odyssey”. i love this part of europe and this a tightly constructed contemporary drama.
what have you been doing?
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One thought on “what i’ve been doing

  1. Yummy looking red bean buns Pen! Kosuke will be knocking on your door if he finds out! Filippa

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