Sounds like a delicious selection to take on a picnic. It’s certainly been picnic weather, quite surprisingly.
I have been busy in the kitchen again, testing out Vegan gingerbread to see how it goes.
Elderberry wine steeping and applesauce cooked
We went picking brambles and elderberries the other day, so this morning I put them on to boil with sugar ahead of straining the juice for wine. Then I made up a batch of applesauce with apples from the garden.
Sun-dried tomato oatcake mix
I have a guitar workshop tomorrow, so I decided to make my personal favourite flavour of oatcakes for it, sun-dried tomato. Mmm.
Both doughs together.
I made up the gingerbread mix next, while the oatcake dough “rested”. I’m trying to see how replacing the eggs with applesauce works with an old favourite recipe of mine from our bread machine cookbook. I used white spelt flour too, and lots of grated ginger. It smelled delicious in the oven.
The joys of having a double oven. Everything on to cool at once.
I left the gingerbread in the tin for ten minutes before taking it out. It helps to keep it sticky and moist.
Mmm. Pudding! Looks like it came out pretty well!
Yep, that time of the month again! Yesterday afternoon I baked my Plain oatcakes, so today was the turn of the Garlic and Herb ones.
Ingredients all gathered!
The best smelling dough by miles. Mmmm
First couple of batches cooling with you the box of Plain.
I have only sampled one, but it was delicious. Next step is to box them up once they are cool to let them settle for a day or two. Packaging on Friday night!
See you Saturday. There will also be cake!
Just a bit like this! Mmm, vegan chocolate fudge cake.
I detailed earlier in the year the experimental method I was trying with my tomatoes and peppers. While the peppers don’t seem to have liked it so much, the tomatoes are having a field day with it!
Sticks with tomatoes!
Gold and red all giein it laldy!
The best bunch!
Bath carrots also thriving!
Many years ago I was helping a local lady in her house and couldn’t help noticing her tomato plants. They were heavily laden with beautiful, fat tomatoes, but the rest of the plants were cut back to the quick almost, with a wee sprouting of leaves at the top and a single stem to support them. I had to ask her about them as I’d just started trying to grow my own tomatoes. She explained to me that the leaves and the side shoots steal growing energy from the fruit, so it’s important to prune them off if you want to get plentiful fruit. She also explained that you need to start pruning once the second truss of flowers appears. I applied it to my own tomatoes and we got a magnificent crop, so I’ve followed her advice every year since.
Today was the first day of pruning for the year, and it always makes me feel like I’m being utterly savage with my poor wee plants.
We also fed them for the first time today to make up for the savaging. It’ll need doing every two weeks until they are done flowering. I’m going to soak the clippings to turn them into plant food, which is also a bit savage, but it will return the goodness the side shoots and leaves stole from the baby tomatoes.
Served up hot with dairy free marge! Yum!
It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, so I decided to post about my favourite breakfast scone. These are super easy to make and tasty with just about anything!
When I became aware of my wheat allergy, I spent a lot of time experimenting with baking as the wheat free (and gluten free ) breads and rolls available at the time were really too dry and and sweet for my tastes, but sometimes I just get a need for something quick and satisfying. I remembered that when I was a Teenager we used to make these simple breads with plain flour, so I got the recipe from my mum and swapped in white spelt flour to begin with. It worked perfectly, so I started experimenting with flavourings and other flours for different uses.
After quite some time, I perfected the varient below as a breakfast bread. It uses fine oatmeal to make it particularly satisfying. This recipe makes just one bread, but it’s easy to scale up.
I use a griddle, but a dry and heavy frying pan works just as well.
1/4 cup or 32g Wholemeal spelt flour
1/4 cup or 32g fine oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Put the dry ingredients into the bowl.
Carefully add water to the side of the bowl. Mix in a little at a time
You should end up with a reasonably soft, slightly stick ball of dough.
Make sure your pan/griddle is warmed up to a medium heat. Flatten the dough out in your hands into a rough circle.
Turn it once it no longer sticks. Keep turning it regularly until it's golden brown. Should take just over five minutes.
If you gently press the sides and the bread springs back rather than denting, it should be cooked through.
Once it's properly cooked through it has a nice bready texture. Spread it with what you fancy! Best served hot 🙂
They are great with (quorn) bacon and sausages too. Happy eating!
It went pretty well today. The Garlic and Herb sold out, and this is all that’s left of the Sundried Tomato and Plain flavour.
I used samples today, and while I know they helped with sales, I really didn’t need a lot of samples at all. I think I used 5 oatcakes altogether.
The suitcase drew a lot of attention too, I think it sold more oatcakes than the samples did.
Quite pleased now, I think I earned some chill time!
Been busy packaging and packing for tomorrow.
Three flavours! Improved labelling!
Got ingredient labels on the bottom of the packets now, with dates stamps done by Alex.
Sixty packets, three flavours: Plain, Sundried Tomato and Garlic & Herb.
Packed away in the case now. Mum’s added a perspex inner door to the case to help keep the oatcakes tucked nicely inside. The sign is also strengthened so it lasts better.