Saturday at the Allotment – and Sunday afternoon baking

We have had a really wet weekend in Brisbane so I certainly didn’t need to go over to the allotment to water my seedlings. But after listening to Annette McFarlane on Saturday morning at the workshop I realised that I could improve my success rate and I did need to feed the little critters. So I popped over there on Saturday afternoon to give my young plants a good liquid feed.

What I didn’t expect to find was the decimation of half my sweetcorn crop. Don’t know what creature was responsible but half the cobs were on the ground, just the hard middle, all the juicy bits had been chewed off.  The sweetcorn hadn’t reached it’s full size but I decided to harvest what was left anyway. I used one of the cobs that evening in a savoury rice dish. The corn was delicious, real sweet.

So I now have a nice piece of ground where the sweetcorn was, just need to add compost and get it going again with another vegetable and move on to the next challenge.

Didn’t visit the allotment on Sunday, it was such a wet day so I spent the afternoon in the kitchen baking. Fed the freezer with a date and walnut loaf, and my favourite polenta bread. Sliced it all up so that I could remove a slice at a time from the freezer.

I had some organic oats that I wanted to use in a loaf so I googled for a recipe and this is the one I found at Bread Experience. It’s a very interesting website chock full of anything you might want to know about bread making.  I started the loaf off in my bread maker machine but once the dough had been made, I took it out of the machine and completed the final kneading by hand and cooked in the oven. I was really pleased with the result.

The first thick crusty slice was delicious topped with my friend Lisa’s special lime marmalade for my breakfast. I cooked it in an 8″ cake tin, that’s one big loaf. I think I’ll be eating it for days!


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