Sunday, February 10, 2013

This Week's Cooking in Review

This was a busy week. Tuesday I baked 2 loaves of San Francisco Sourdough bread to take with us on our trip to Angwin. On Tuesday I also cooked a big pot of lamb stew using lamb neck bones and a lamb shank from Sierra Farms (thank you to Mel Thompson) as well as a raft of vegetables from Eatwell Farm including leeks, celeriac, butternut squash, carrots and cabbage. Add in for good measure, was some celery and potatoes from the local farmer's market along with some broth that we froze from the great haggis experiment.

The stew was hearty and filling with some cooked white navy beans thrown in to round out the pot. We took the soup and both loaves of bread with us on our trip to Angwin to share with others who met us there. We feasted for two days on the soup and bread along with eggs, and various meats for sandwiches.

On Sunday, I started two loaves of San Joaquin sourdough which are in the fridge now for their long slow fermentation overnight. Once those were in the fridge, I decided to bake a loaf of lemon anise seed pound cake. The batter tastes great - I can't wait to taste the completed loaf cake. It's a big loaf that fills a 9 x 5 loaf pan while baking. After the cake cools you then prick holes around it and pour in some simple syrup of lemon juice and sugar to complete the cake. I'm going to add a little limonello into the mix to kick it up a notch. (as Emeril LeGasse says). Good baking day- pictures to follow.

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