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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Making Bread

My husband Ray spent a lot of time yesterday with the next door neighbour locked away in the kitchen.  LOL - no not what you are thinking - he had an intensive bread making day with the man next door who had been on a bread making course.  Ray is not known for his cooking skills when it comes to meals and some of the few meals he has cooked have been rather disastrous but he does like to make jam from scratch, marmalade from a tin and boils up blackberry and apple (as he loves the idea of free food).  Oh he can cook the basics like an omelette – especially if we have found mushrooms growing while taking the dogs for a walk.  We had bought some bread mixes that he had fancied trying but they didn’t turn out too well unless you used them to build a new wall.  So when he got talking to the neighbour who gave us some scrummy aniseed and fig bread he had made on the course (I don’t think they can like aniseed) Ray jumped at the chance when he offered to give him some bread making instructions. 


So yesterday Ray was back and forth every time the alarm went off to do each stage of the bread making process.  He came home with 6 white rolls, a white loaf and a date and aniseed soda loaf.  Even better, the neighbour had made a marmite and cheese loaf for me earlier as I had said that sounded great but Ray wont get near marmite.  So no watching the weight yesterday as just had to try a bit of everything.  The marmite and cheese one was a bit weird though as it was a bit like a roly poly inside a loaf – the marmite was in a sort of whirl inside the loaf as he had to roll it in and it sort of separated the loaf.  It was lovely but could so easily have just been a white loaf with marmite spread on top as it didn’t taste in the parts of the bread that it wasn’t touching, although there was a lovely intense cheese and marmite taste on the roly bits, if you see what I mean.   Maybe a cheese loaf would have been better and then just spread the marmite on afterwards.  LOL – that way Ray could eat it too without any fear of marmite on it or in it.  I am not sure if a day with our very very precise neighbour (opposite to Rays slapdash ways) has cured Rays desire to make bread or if he will be wanting ingredients to make some more.  Watch this space!


Here’s a bit of trivia for you:

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.


And lastly a little chuckle:

Jack, age 92, and Gill, age 89, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a chemist shop and Jack suggests they go in.
Jack addresses the man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?"
The pharmacist answers, "Yes."
Jack: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"
Pharmacist: "Of course we do."
Jack: "How about medicine for circulation?"
Pharmacist: "All kinds"
Jack: "Medicine for rheumatism?"
Pharmacist: "Definitely."
Jack: "How about suppositories?"
Pharmacist: "You bet!"
Jack: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer's?"
Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety. The works.."
Jack: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"
Pharmacist: "Absolutely.."
Jack: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"
Pharmacist: "We sure do..."
Jack: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?"
Pharmacist: "All speeds and sizes."
Jack: "Adult incontinence pants?"
Pharmacist: "Sure."

"Then we'd like to use this store for our wedding presents list..."

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