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01 January 2017

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New Year's Day 2017

Our working year usually begins with a trip to the Oxford Real Farming Conference. This year, delegates are invited to bring a sample of soil from their land or any land that has some meaning: this could range from one's farm, to a local park, to even a building site! Every bit of soil has its own story, and ORFC invites delegates to share this story, whilst adding to a soil sculpture…

 

The invitation included this quotation from Wendell Berry

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and...

18 July 2016

Posted by in Latest News on Jul 18, 2016 .

 

on a Bread Matters course

 

We're fundraising for our new Bread for Good Community Benefit Society which trades as Scotland The Bread. We need the money to pay for research and testing of Scottish nutrient-rich heritage grain varieties that we are growing as part of our plan to build a local grain economy that is healthy, fair and enduring.

If you become a member of Scotland The Bread by buying shares before 31 August 2016, you can claim a discount of £50 on any of the remaining places on our 2016 courses. There is only a...

31 May 2016

Posted by in Latest News, Latest Blog Posts on May 31, 2016 .
  This recipe for baguettes ‘de tradition’, using a couche cloth, is adapted from the French Country Bread recipe in Bread Matters, pp 182-4.

Note: ‘leaven’ and ‘sourdough’ mean the same thing – a mixture of flour and water that is allowed to ferment naturally.
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Baguettes are defined by their distinctive thin, almost razor-sharp, crust and light, holey, crumb. The classic crust is hard to achieve in domestic kitchens because it needs a sealed oven into...

23 March 2016

Posted by in Latest News, Latest Blog Posts on Mar 23, 2016 .

Andrew adapted the yeasted Hot Cross Bun recipe from Bread Matters to create the version below, using an overnight spongeThe scent of these spicy delights fills the house when students make them on Bread Matters courses.  

 

 

 

In medieval days it was common for bakers to place a cross on their loaves, perhaps to repel any evil spirits that might infect the bread and prevent it rising.

After the Reformation, such practices were frowned on as ‘popish’, but the cross remained as the symbol for the Easter bun.

Rich,...

13 February 2016

Posted by in Latest News, Latest Blog Posts on Feb 13, 2016 .

At the Oxford Real Farming Conference on 7th January 2016, Anne Parry of the Welsh Grain Forum, Andrew Forbes of Brockwell Bake and Andrew Whitley of Scotland The Bread presented their agro-ecological perspectives on the need for a new grain revolution in the UK, a movement whose time has surely come. Each of the speakers is bringing together cereal scientists, farmers, millers and bakers to create a thriving, regional grain economy with the common purposes of health, sustainability and food sovereignty.  

  Why a New Grain...
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