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Sep 24, 2014 / 1 note

About Bread


Yet again I meet up with Sophia and Simi, this time it is all about bread and what it means to us. Unfortunately I’m in the middle of a job and have very little time at home when I can do anything outside the necessary things like house, family and yes, relax so I decided to only write about bread without a recipe.


My mother was raised on a farm in the north of Sweden, she was the youngest of…

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Sep 16, 2014

A historical bread - Robert May’s French Bread from 1660.

A historical bread – Robert May’s French Bread from 1660.

Robert May's French Bread

This month I had the pleasure to decide what the Bread Baking Babeswas going to bake, something that isn’t always easy unless you have a specific bread in mind. Which I hadn’t but I decided to go for a bread that combined two things that I care much for, historical food and the writings of Elizabeth David. Elizabeth David has written several cookbooks and innumerable columns about food in…

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Aug 20, 2014

On Food, Being an Expat and Rice Pudding

On Food, Being an Expat and Rice Pudding

Being an expat changes how you look at food, when you move to a new country you are introduced to new food, ingredients and dishes, a different food culture that influences how you cook, shop and cook. And then there is the food and food culture from the country you were born in, the food that made you grow into the person you are, both physically and mentally, food that often is tinged with a…

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Aug 17, 2014

Polenta Bread

Polenta bread

I have had some problems with focussing lately, my mind has been sprouting in every possible direction and never in the same and this has obviously had effects on my daily life which is the reason to why I post this month’s Bread Baking Babesbread one day late. I never remembered to make the starters on the days it suited me and the Others so in the end here we are, a day late. i really wanted…

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Jul 23, 2014

Kindness and Roasted Peppers With Goat’s Cheese on Herby Couscous

Kindness and Roasted Peppers With Goat’s Cheese on Herby Couscous


One of the reasons to why I like living where I live, i.e. in the Pistoia part of Tuscany, is that people are kind there. We started out in Florence and although the people I met were nice, I cannot say that they were kind like they are in and outside Pistoia. I suppose it has to do with it being a small town but I suspect it also has to do with being rather undisturbed by the rest of the world,…

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Jul 16, 2014

Back to the roots - Panmarino bread

Back to the roots – Panmarino bread


Yesterday I arrived in Sweden but before that, I baked this month’s Bread Baking Babes bread that Cathy from Bread Experience has chosen for us. I met Cathy on my and Jamie’s Plated Stories workshop in Maywhere she was a participant and although I already knew her from our BBB group, it was really nice to get to know her a bit better because she is a really sweet and interesting person. And she…

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Jul 7, 2014

Purposeless walking and Honey Roasted Rhubarb and Peaches.

Purposeless walking and Honey Roasted Rhubarb and Peaches.

Honey Roasted Rhubarb and Peaches

As much as my daily dog walks annoy me because they are a must-do, I realize how important they are from a more mental point of view; some time ago I tweeted this link about walking where the virtues of purposeless walking is explored: “Walking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, trams, and trains all…

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Jul 1, 2014

Look around and see what happens - Pepper and Smoked Pancetta Crostini

Look around and see what happens – Pepper and Smoked Pancetta Crostini

Pepper and Smoked Pancetta Crostini

   My way of cooking is very much based on ‘Look around and see what you have’ concept, I open the fridge, I look in my larder drawers and then I usually come up with something. I do have some staples that I always keep at home or available, things like carrots, celery, onions, parsley, tomatoes and some of the vegetables that are in season which means that they taste better. I wont pretend I…

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May 16, 2014

Wild Rice and Onion Bread, well almost!

Wild Rice and Onion Bread, well almost!

Barley Bread

This bread made me think of a bread my father used to make and if he had been alive and active today, I’m sure he would have baked this one too, it is soo much up his street! He did a lot of cooking and baking, my father but in that way men do (at least the men of that generation but many later too because I have seen it in action all my life but that doesn’t mean every single man does it that…

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May 15, 2014

A New Plated Stories Food photography and Food Writing Workshop and Farinata with Pancetta

A New Plated Stories Food photography and Food Writing Workshop and Farinata with Pancetta

Plated Stories The Workshop October 2014-2

I would like to thank you all for your comments on my last post, you are an encouraging bunch but it doesn’t seem to help does it? I have had this recipe in draft for ages but I forget it all the time, all the time. On the other hand today is a perfect occasion to share it with you as I also would like to announce our next Plated Stories Workshop which will take place 3-5 Octoberin a grand villa,

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