Monday, 25 June 2012

It's A Jungle Out There

We moved almost eight weeks ago and once we had unpacked, I expected to have some free time for blogging.  What I hadn't taken into consideration was that once the garden started growing; it was going to look like a jungle.  Beds that appeared to have a few small plants in them have gone rampant and we are dealing with the invasion of the hostas.

The first photo is of a bed beside our shed, which we decided to remove...more of that in a later post. 

There are some flowers worth saving, including these lupins, which grow wild here in Nova Scotia.

I haven't got to this bed yet, as it is going to be a major operation making sense of it and there is stil a very overgrown bed in the front garden which requires urgent attention.  Now where did I put my gardening gloves...?

Baking Made Easy

I find Lorraine Pascale's approach to baking very refreshing, especially since she makes it all look so effortless.  Having purchased her book Baking Made Easy a few weeks ago; I have enjoyed making her bread sticks.  What I like most about Lorraine's approach to baking is that she provides simple, yet tasty recipes with a minimum of fuss and convinces the reader that anyone is able to get great results.  Her book is filled with delicious recipes and is beautifully illustrated with inspiring photographs.

With the aid of a machine to mix the dough, it is very easy and less of a workout for the arms! 

Five minutes to mix the dough.  Leave it to prove for 30 minutes and bake for 20 minutes.

Freshly baked bread in under an hour.  Seasoned with either Maldon Sea Salt or black pepper.  Delicious!