How to bake the perfect ciabatta – fourth place in the ciabatta bake off

Fourth in the great ciabatta bake off goes to a recipe based on that of Paul Hollywood and it’s a nice all rounder. The judges pronounced it “tasty with a nice texture and crumb structure”.  The flavour was good, and the Read More …

Farinata – a gluten free “bread” from Sicily and beyond….

I read about farinata years ago in a book about Sicily.  The author described landing in Palermo and making his way immediately and without stopping to a tiny little cafe in the back streets of Palermo in which the best Read More …

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One winter day in 2009, my motorcycle would not start.  It turned out to be a rather complicated and expensive fix, and being short of money (I had decided to take a break from my job) and long of bread, Read More …