Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Bread in a breadmaker - recipes - "soy free"

Because I have a food intolerance to soy proteins - which are commonly used in breads and bread mixes in Australia - we make all the bread we eat. My husband has developed so really reliable recipes for us. I thought that I would share them - especially because now when we are asked to contribute food for a party - we are asked often for the bread as it is so popular with everyone.

Over the years we have used various breadmakers - refer to your manual for the preferred order of inserting ingredients. Some prefer the water first and the yeast last others tend to reverse the order - yeast first and water last.

Standard Loaf

400 ml water
1½ Tbs  oil
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs (brown) sugar
2 Tbs gluten flour
520 g wholemeal/white/rye flour
(50g grain/seed)
2 tsp yeast

Setting on our machine: program 4, middle size, moderate crust.

Foccacia - a recipe mixed in the bread machine and baked in the oven.
This is a wonderfully flexible recipe, in that, it can be used to make: 
1 the flatish traditional foccacia, 
2 a thicker loaf, 
3 rolled out and cheese sprinkled on it then rolled up like swissroll cut in think 1" slices to make cheese scrolls.

350ml water
2 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp salt
(4 Tbs milk powder)
2 Tbs white sugar
480g white flour
2½ t yeast

Pizza dough setting; knead, indent, cover & rise 30min
Brush with oil, apply topping  - herbs cheese etc
Bake 180

Monday, 26 September 2011

Another variation on the Trinity Celtic Knot

Rebecca Turner has kindly allowed me to share her version of the Trinity Celtic knot. Seeing one finished is a great encouragement to me As I am spending a lot of time at the moment counting and recounting squares to make a strip piecing method for this quilt.

Update January 2012
This quilt has just been re published as the magazine is no longer available. The current publication is with Arbee designs

Friday, 23 September 2011

Mt Kilimanjaro

I have been looking at a lot of the photos from the time my husband worked in Africa as a medical student. they are a wonderful source of inspiration.

To be continued

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Having lots of fun learning to use my new quilting machine

I am having lots of fun learning to use my new quilting machine but it may be a week at least until I have an official finish - the painter arrived to paint both the quilting room and the window frame in the sewing room. This has meant there has been a rapid reshuffle of stuff to let him in.This shuffle means that I don't have a place for the machine I love to use for binding so I think I will wait until the painter is finished to do them.

I have begun to master free form feathers - I tried them first on a small UFO table runner.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Janome 1600P - quilt bindings

Since  getting my bigger quilting machine for quilting i have been using my Janome one 1600P for piecing and binding. It is wonderful. he difference in speed makes long seams fly by; and the difference in the strength of the motor means that even when sewing through many layers of quilt and binding.

If i had known how good it would be I would have changed over to this machine especially for bindings earlier.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

"A Gift of Quilts"

 I have just finished my quilt for "A gift of quilts" project. these quilts will be distributed to the athletes at the London Olympics in 2012.

I called my quilt "We can all fit - if we are prepared to be trimmed"  Within the quilting there are words relating to specific sports eg beach volleyball, and some places eg Coventry as well as "sport concepts" such as "team work". There is no direct reference to the 2012 Olympics - evidently this is not permitted due to copy-write limitations. I hope however that it will be a pleasant memory for someone who participated.