Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dough Anarchy

Video Killed the radio Star, let’s hope not the food blogger.

The last time I made lardy bread I really thought this would make a useful video as the lardy bread is quite a unique technique. Rory actually did some of it last time but I needed him on the camera (iphone).   The dough in question is made with;

  • 2 cups of  ‘ye olde Oregon 1847’ starter (400g which=500ml due to bubble content) , fed the night before, so bubbling
  • 5 cups of white flour
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tblsp salt

All mixed briefly, left to rest, knocked back (after 30 minutes rest) a couple of times  on an lightly oiled surface (and with oiled hands) . Total 5-6 hours, then the video bit. After the loaf creation the breads were left 2-3hrs in an air conditioned room (24C), and baked at 250C for 15 mins, then to 225C for 15min then 210C to finish. The lardy bread I put lower in the oven as the sugar burns easily- foil might help here.

Rye dough (1/2 quantity of above)

  • 1 cup starter
  • 1 .5 cups white flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tblsp salt

The spice mix is ground black pepper corns, cardomen and cinnamon in roughly equal quantities. The original inspiration was from a cardomen lard bun/ roll at Peter’s Yard in Edinburgh. I had some Garam masala (which is those spices plus cumin), but thought the cumin could go, et voila. I use about a heaped teaspoon in the bread shown.

If you have a nervous disposition, cardiac conditions, vertigo, etc, then this is probably not for you. It’s a lightening Floydesque on acid type affair. I was watching Nigella for about 2 minutes before jiggling bosoms were outweighed by her stiff presentation and irritating  jaunty camera work. Now, they don’t have a bloody six year old holding an iphone with lard smeared hands. Do they?

Three Breads from one lump of dough;

  1. Fruit loaf
  2. Spiced lardy bread
  3. Plain sourdough


Almost three and a half weeks, virtually no exercise (other than lugging jet lagged beasts around London), and a 2.5yr unsated Euro appetite= a whopping 70.5kg, up 3.5kg on pre-piefest. There was a lot of pie…..

Highlights were;

  • Stitchelton cheese- an unpasteurised stilton from Neals Yard, Borough Market
  • Bone marrow and veal T-bones cooked over an indoor fire, from Ginger Pig Butcher, Borough Market (and very fine bacon)
  • Roast Grouse and the trimmings (game fries, bread sauce, watercress etc) at Hereford Road, London (with Ferdinand)
  • Leon, a gastronomically aware fast food outlet
  • Pork Pie and the whole Waitrose experience
  • Lincolnshire sausages, at mums
  • Carving a rib of beef at Ged and Jo’s wedding (one on each table)
  • 3yr old organic jamon belota, Brindisa, Borough Market (above)
  • Blackberry and apple oaty crumble
  • Mum and Rachel’s Coronation Chicken
  • Jambon Perseille, Simon Hopkinson, by Mum
  • Scones and mum’s blackberry jelly with Rodda’s clotted cream
  • Roast belly pork with black garlic and fennel

And in Singapore;

  • Fish Head Curry, somewhere on Choo Chiat Road, Katong
  • Egg yolk steam buns (hong Kong Tea House)
  • Hand made ramen noodle soup with wantons
  • Pigs trotter (more like a hock), cooked in black vinegar and ginger, Hong Kong Tea House.

But no,

  • Hare
  • Ceps,

Grrrrrrrrr. Next time.