Bread and asparagus

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A really nice loaf this one with a good tasty crust and a yeasty taste

You need:

  • 160g strong bread flour
  • a small pinch of instant dried yeast from a 7g packet
  • 115g water

Mix the above into a dough, knead for a few minutes then cover and store in the fridge over night.

Next day, heat your oven to 200 C/gas 6

  • 270g strong bread flour
  • 8g salt
  • the dough you made last night
  • 145g cold water
  • the rest of the 7g packet of yeast

Make a dough with these ingredients and knead for a good 10 minutes, leave to rest for 30 minutes, then divide into 4 equal parts and form them into balls.

Place them in a greased loaf tin, cover and leave to proove at room temperature until at least double in size.

Bake for 25 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 180 C/gas 5 remove from the tin and put back in the oven for 5 minutes.

As for the asparagus, best just boiled al-dente and eaten with salt and butter.

Really happy with the light on these shots, 3 speedlights with a blue gel on the background. Have a good week everyone!

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The Spring Equinox

 Like every year at this time on a clear moonlit night they gathered around the stones and waited

…and like every year nothing happened! sorry chaps it’s just a photo!
Today it’s the Spring Equinox at least according to Julius Caesar when he created his calendar back in 45 BC. In loose terms (according to some) it’s when the day and night are of equal length although today, here in Sweden however it means another rainy day as far as I have seen.
But we do have some Daffodils in the garden threatening to come out and the shrubbery is also looking about ready to green up. So this weekend will be the first official gardening weekend and no doubt the neighbour hood will be alive with the buzz of electric garden tools and the chug-chug-phut of poorly maintained mowers. Happy spring!

Sunny but cold

That’s how the weather man would describe today’s weather, it was as we say “fresh” on the beach this morning and the sea is still frozen out as far as the eye can see.
Good day for staying in, Maggie has taken to the newest creations from Hawkes’ Hounds (more on that here) and now hides amongst them when I get a camera out.

The subject of my still-life project today was these rather lovely wooden table boards, not sure what the official name is here but they are used as sideplates and the spade-like spoony looking things are used to spread butter, really nicely made and from not far from us along the coast in Trelleborg the manufacturer is a chap called Bengt Åkesson
I used a technique to light this picture which simulates dappled sunlight which is something we are particularly looking forward to around these parts!

…and finally

If you arrived here looking for my http://www.nickhawkesphotography.com site I have put that site hosted by livebooks on hold for the moment and re-directed the URL to here. 
Still plenty of pictures to see on my Flickr page too.

The panettone

Not bad, a very long double prove, which I believe is good for developing the flavour, I removed the dough from the fridge around 7 this morning and finally baked it this evening at 9. I built an extension on a cake tin with corrugated card and baking paper to allow for the extra height. House smells wonderful! why 2 pictures? couldn’t decide which one I preferred and pixels are free.

Pomegranates, pottery and Paul Hollywood

There, that should put the search engines through their paces, today was a rainy day, in fact it didn’t really get light before it started getting dark again and it’s a bit early for that type of meteorological behaviour, yesterday in contrast was nice, went to photograph a pottery class run by Anya Rozijn in a nearby further education centre here is Anya loading the kiln and some “helping hands”

   
Later on it was time to photograph the pomegranates I bought last week, and I wanted them to look a bit moody to suit the weather so I assembled some props against an old cushion (How that ended up looking like wood panelling was a happy accident) with a false shelf and this is the result, quite happy with it in general but now wish I had left a few seeds around the knife at the front. Comments welcome.

And finally re: Paul Hollywood, the sourdough starter I thought I had killed suddenly made somewhat of a recovery and is in fact now in a dough and sitting there trying to double it’s size. More to come on that. 

Autumn has arrived

Wind, cool mornings, falling leaves and having the fire lit and dead sourdough starter all mean one thing; a change in the season and Autumn is here, an excellent time to get out with your camera and snap some lovely colourful shots, here’s a couple from today in the studio and yes the bloomer was freshly baked  #can’tstopbakingbread

Did you notice the little fellow from Jurassic Park?