Wednesday, December 08, 2021

What's for dinner?

I never ask. I also say, anytime you want to get takeaway, a supermarket meal or eat out is fine with me. Cooking is such an onerous task for me but R tends to enjoy it but does tire of thinking of what to cook. I can often come up with a good suggestion.

Saturday he made kedgeree for dinner and for Sunday he had premade minestrone. He said some nice bread would be good with both of those. I can make some, I volunteered. 

Now unlike Caro and perhaps others, I do not make bread from scratch. I put a bread mix in the old electric bread maker. How old? Judge by the colour of it. It is certainly not for sitting in a place of pride on a bench top. It may get used half a dozen times a year. I tried once and it makes excellent jam too. I've never had a loaf fail but I thought this one would be.

We tried a different loaf, brand and style, a white Vienna. The instructions said select the French setting on your bread maker. Ah yes, I've seen that setting. A little travel experience indicated an Austrian setting would be better, but I lack the cooking experience to argue. 

Overhead lighting shows what is happening via a clear window in the lid. It was rising nicely. Still rising nicely. Oh, rising a bit much. Oh, the loaf is pressing against the lid. Will it push the lid open? At this point I thought it was going to be a failure. 

But no, it was a terrific loaf and very light. Next time I may just add five grams of yeast rather than six.

Far from a perfect shape, but so nice. We use an electric knife to slice the bread.

43 comments:

  1. Whoa! It's The Great Australian Bake Off!... And the winner is (incredibly long pause) Andrew! (Cheering and thunderous applause).
    How are you feeling mate?
    ANDREW: Over the moon mate! Over the moon!

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    1. YP, I need time to say I want world peace, an end to poverty, to thank my mum and my long suffering partner.

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  2. Ah, we had an electric knife growing up and it cut just made bread so beautifully. I used to make bread from scratch but haven't in a long time now. Too easy to buy at store, but there's nothing better than homemade.

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    1. Strayer, we actually wore out an electric knife and had to buy a new one. It's the pinch of love I put in the bread mix that makes it so special.

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    2. A pinch of love, ok. You're making me laugh. And I thought was the extraordinary shape.

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  3. Well done you. It is years since I have made bread. I made it from scratch and it does taste delicious - but always fills me with anxiety. The two of us don't eat much bread and have different tastes so we buy bread in small quantities and freeze it till it is needed. My father made his own, and the smell in the morning was beyond delicious.

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    1. EC, I really could not be bothered making it from scratch. I understand your anxiety. It is a great smell.

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  4. I bet the smell in your kitchen was delicious.

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    1. It did smell good Marie. I was pretty pleased.

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  5. Gorgeous - Well Done Mate

    Cheers

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  6. That bread looks delicious. I love homemade bread.

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    1. So do I Sandra, and so tend to eat too much.

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  7. I never thought of an electric knife to slice bread. We haven't had one for years but my trusty bread knife is over 30 years old so maybe time to try something different. Your loaf looks great. Nice and tall.

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    1. Caro, the electric knife does bread so well. I struggle to cut a loaf like this one with and ordinary bread knife.

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  8. Anonymous9:49 am

    Andrew - "kedgeree". Your North American readers will have no idea what that is, what it is made of, and how delicious it is. Your mention makes me so nostalgic for the dish. Perhaps you should explain for the said readers. Roderick

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    1. It is delicious Roderick. It is based on an Indian dish and I learnt today that Her Majesty always has it for breakfast on Boxing Day. Aside from fish, rice and eggs, I don't know what else goes into the dish. People can Google as well as I can.

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  9. The smell of bread baking is the most enticing baking smell I can think of - far beyond anything sweet or cinnamon-y or rich. Yours looks wonderful, and with minestrone soup it must have been heavenly.

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    1. Thanks Jenny. It went extra well with minestrone.

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  10. There is no shame in using a bread machine. And dinner sounds wonderful. I've been experimenting with all sorts of goodness. Together we source food deals, my husband finds recipes, and I enjoy puttering around in the kitchen.

    Heh...

    In the last few days I cooked Thai style soup, pumpkin pie, sauced pork chops, and a chicken pot pie. Best wishes!

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    1. Darla, I have no shame about anything. The couple that cooks together....

      Soup like Tom Yum? I love it and did once make it myself.

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  11. Ooh I haven't had kedgeree for a long time - curried fish my sisters called it but it's so much more than that. Wonder if it would be OK with cod instead of haddock, might give it a try.
    Our electric knife is still lurking at the back of a drawer, dangerous items in the wrong hands I can hear it's rattly sound still

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    1. Cathy, R uses smoked cod in kedgeree. It works well. I am not sure if I would like haddock. The electric knife is only used for bread and roasts.

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  12. That's a whopper and the bread maker is old, old by the colour of it.

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    1. Yes Margaret, that beige colour that was fashionable for a time, and I don't know why.

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  13. Looks good. As long as it tastes right, it hardly matters how it was made.

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    1. Cro, that is so. R is very much into food presentation. Me? Lucky if something is edible.

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  14. I always think Vienna bread is best torn into chunks, or at least sliced thickly. I tried a breadmaker once, but it just didn't work out for me, the bread was always wrong. I followed the recipe given to me, but maybe I should have used a premade mix. Doesn't matter now, I gave the breadmaker to the other daughter. it's probably gathering dust. Dinner here last night was cheesy scrambled eggs with ham.

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    1. River, I like the idea of tearing the bread. We do slice it rather too thickly. R was out yesterday evening and I cooked myself fried eggs and tomatoes on left over bread toasted and spread with butter and Vegemite.

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  15. Even a bread machine would be beyond me, so congrats that yours came out all right. Looks delicious.

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    1. Kirk, I have an understanding of cooking. I am just spoilt by not normally having to do it.

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  16. You have hidden talents. It looks and sounds great. Sorry i haven't visited for ages.

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    1. Diane, so I've been told from my teen years on. I would only get jealous if you were visiting others and not me.

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  17. Google solved the mystery in a moment, looks interesting, I had never heard of it. I have a couple of pounds of yeast in the freezer, I should make bread one day.

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    1. It's very nice TP. Give it a shot. Smoked cod works well in the dish.

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  18. Hot soup and fresh bread - the food of the gods!

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  19. I've made bread and crackers for decades, but, for some reason, never thought about getting a bread maker. The only hard part is the kneading, and my Kitchen Aid mixer takes cares of that, and I don't mind the rest.

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    1. Snowy, I suppose kneading is the hard part of breadmaking. Kitchen Aid mixers are very good I believe.

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    2. Andrew, they are very good, but in order to mix a large amount of dough, I would suggest getting one that's really powerful.

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  20. I do make Irish soda bread which I prefer as it is very filling. But I adore your breadmaker and would show it off.

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    WWW

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    1. WWW, I thought soda bread would be the opposite, very light with lots of air in the loaf.

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    2. Wisewebwoman, do you happen to have a favorite recipe for soda bread? I'm attracted to its simplicity, but don't know that I've ever made any.

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