Monday, July 26, 2010

Baking With Jack Lang in Cambridge UK

Nothing wrong with a 'busman's holiday!' Below are some pictures of a wonderful day baking with Jack Lang. We hand mixed in the garden and baked in the wood fired oven.

Task-master at the ready

Stretching and folding and stretching and folding and ......

Jack making sure that I do it right.

Magic pure magic!

and final test!
Sunflower Flax and Mustard Seed...a variation on Tracy M's recipe.
The Bounty! Sour Dough Rye
Jack's trial of Emmer wheat (maybe it was Einkorn). The garden and orchard were amazing.
Thanks, Jack for having me!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Villa Reale and Ponti De Diablo

Random Selection Of Pictures from the Villa Reale and one of the Devil's Bridge

We were the only visitors on a sultry afternoon. Magic

The Pool In the Lemon Garden

As above

100 year old lemon trees in terra cotta

One of the random fountains

Waterfall pond in front of main villa

Ancient Grape Vines

Main Villa

Another pond

Front Lawn...stretches about an acre

Pan's Grotto

Kitchen.....needs a bit of work!

Private privet garden

Devils Bridge

Pics of Buti, Firenza and Vicopisano Italy

The Kiss in mosaic Firenza

Petit Four Seca, Firenza

Panforte Firenza

Mailbox for a postcard? Buti

Castela Tonini, Buti

Doorway, Buti

Doorway Vicopisano. See the face above the lintel.

Olives and Grapes early morning Casa Bici Buti

Why this blog.....

My photo
January to March 2009. I was on Professional Development leave from my teaching Job at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island Universtity. I chose to take a 3 month leave to visit bakeries and teachng institutions in Australia. Thank you to VIU and my union (BCGEU) for supporting this venture. The aim of this blog was to keep an ongoing diary of my experiences and share them with my students and colleagues. This sure beats coming up with a report and slide show months later. I mean "FRESH" is what baking is all about! Learned to bake back in 1978....making granola...but that is another story. .