|New in May: our second Dutch oven for baking bread. Now two round loaves can bake at the same time.|
The cast iron frying pan on the lower oven rack helps to keep the oven temperature even when the door is opened.
|Old and new: a large glass bowl in use for folding bread dough.|
|Two newly-purchased baking books: Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish and The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart.|
|The internet is another source of recipes. However, Len's most successful breads so|
far have come from recipes in Flour Water Salt Yeast.
Also repurposed: plastic flour storage box originally from Costco biscotti.
|A small rye loaf was the first attempt, but the rise was not satisfactory.|
|Len's successful rye loaves, baked in the new and old Dutch ovens, were delicious, with a perfect crumb and crust.|
|Another success: overnight wheat bread, same source.|
Also in the Kitchen in May: A Low-key Celebration of the Royal Wedding
We didn't eat much while watching the wedding since it started at breakfast time. But the day before the wedding, I tried an appropriate recipe for lunch: Coronation Chicken. This dish was served at the coronation of Elizabeth II. Basically it's chicken with fruit, usually mango and apricots, in a curry mayonnaise. Shown here: the fruit mixture and the sautéed and spiced chicken breast cubes, ready to be tossed together.
OK, a wedding is not a coronation, but I thought it was in the spirit of the celebration. I know some people baked elderflower-flavored cake to be like the royal wedding cake, but that's not my kind of thing.
|Coronation chicken, garnished with parsley.|
|On the plate with plum chutney and mango chutney.|
|Wrong wedding! I didn't have any souvenirs of the current one.|
This tea cannister was a gift from Evelyn.
|Among my many British tea towels, I thought this was a very appropriate one.|
I don't iron my tea towels. Sorry. Please don't judge me.
|The Royal Yacht Britannia on another tea towel, also a gift from my|
wonderful friend Sheila. The yacht was in service from 1954-1997,
and was used for four royal honeymoons including Charles' and Diana's.
One more royal souvenir: a Wedgwood sugar bowl commemorating a 1939 visit to Canada of King George and Queen Mary, the great-grandparents of the current royal bridegroom. This was originally a wedding gift to Elaine's mother-in-law. Elaine gave it to me a few years ago because I have a tea pot in the deep-blue Wedgwood pattern, though not a commemorative item.
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