Sourdough dreams

IMG_20140910_142706I have tried, once before to make my own sourdough.  After carefully measuring and feeding my way through about 5 days I had a lovely if rather whiffy mason jar sitting on my bench, nearly ready to go but when it only had a day or so to go a cold snap came along and killed it.

So now the kitchen is so close to being finished I’m feeling like I have some breathing space, and some bench space, and it’s coming up to summer, so it might be time to try again.  It’s pretty much just a case of 200g flour with 200ml warm water feeding and fermenting. But of course, as with all things which appear outwardly simple there is a far more complex process going on behind the scenes.  And with my propensity toward absent-mindedness there’s that whole issue of remembering to feed it.  After all it won’t tell me when it’s hungry – unlike another little tummy which is half the reason I’m thinking of doing sourdough again! Continue reading


A distressing Sunday night

So I spent my night distressing a table, using some interesting methods:

  1. Used insect repellant to remove the majority of the stain on the table. This is highly effective, and way easier, cleaner and it also just manages to be less stinky than paint stripper
  2. Steel wool to remove the last of the stain.
  3. Coated the table with a baking soda paste, then painted vinegar on top.  I love the fizzy bit, and it makes the table all clean, absolves the need for scraping, and gives a weathered look.
  4. Scratched up the table a bit with a bottle top, this unfortunately meant I had to open and drink 3 beers.  As I needed to make 3 scratches in the table (ok, I just wanted to drink beer, somehow it just goes with the territory.
  5. Burnt some incense, then used the embers to scorch the table somewhat, and rubbed some ash into my scorch marks.
  6. Boiled up some pots of water to make some heat marks on the table.

Now I just have to wait for it to dry to see the finished product, kinda excited.



distressing close up

finished, but wet








In the kitchen, I have experimented with my dragonfruit, and also made some Aloe Gel, which I then used in:

1 2 3 Lemon Drink

1/3c lemon juice

1/3c orang juice

1-3 Tbsp Aloe Gel (or something resembling it – Aloe gel v hard to measure cos it’s so gloopy)

1/3c honey

1/3tsp cayenne pepper

1/3Tbsp sea salt (or one teaspoon, just 1/3 something seems to fit….)

Mix it all up, dilute with water to your liking


Peeling Aloe Leaf