Sourdough Diaries, part 2

Posted by Richard Loffhagen on 28 May 2016

Very pleased to be honest, especially since I went "off piste" by adding a little yeast when I had no intention of doing so, and the recipe and instructions I followed didn't mention it.

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Sourdough Diaries

Posted by Richard Loffhagen on 28 May 2016

Ok, just a disclaimer: This isn't the blog post of a sourdough expert who's been baking this deliciousness for years and has it mastered, nor is it the blog of an enthusiastic amateur that has stumbled into the realm of the sourdough and got it right first time, but more a roll call of the mistakes I make along the way, and subsequent learnings. 

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Just a photo, really

Posted by on 12 February 2016

We put together a few sample platters the other day, and here's a photo. We're working on new items all the time, and we realised that we don't put up enough photos, so ...........

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Posted by on 4 September 2015

We haven't seen each other for some time! I don't know where the time's gone. This week we've been making little individual crepes/super-thin pancakes, ready for an assortment of fillings (which we're still playing around with) to serve with lunch platters, as well as finger-food nibbles. Have a look at the photos below, let us know if you'd like us to add them to your order.

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We've been fiddling with soft pretzels

Posted by Richard on 7 October 2013

Pretzels - I dare anyone to stop at one! Occasionally we share our recipes, and this one's a cracker. Have a go, you won't be disappointed.

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Sometimes it pays to have a special dietary requirement

Posted by Richard Loffhagen on 16 August 2013

Whenever we're asked for lunches with special individual dietary requirements, we always provide these as individual lunch boxes, rather than incorporate this into the rest of the order. We have specially marked boxes for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, but it doesn't stop there - we can label the boxes with whatever you need - diabetic, nut-allergies  ....  anything!

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Photos of our newest menu additions

Posted by Richard Loffhagen on 10 August 2013

Some photos of a few of the latest nibbles we've been working on, and have added to the menu:

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David Schomer, Espresso Coffee

Posted by Richard on 24 July 2013

This book is seriously a "must read" for espresso newbies. It is really well written, and gives a good overview of both the science and the art of making great coffee. I always ask baristas in training to read this book before they start doing anything on the machine. Not sure if it's available locally, but it's always available on Amazon

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Let's help Sumner restaurants

Posted by Richard on 18 July 2013

While reading The Press this morning, this story grabbed me. It seems that Sumner is going to be cut off overnight for a week very soon. Not to much to worry about? Well, there is if you own a restaurant that relies on people being able to dine at their leisure, and have some sort of guarantee that they'll be able to get home afterwards. Understandably, the restaurants in Sumner are worried that people just won't bother to go over from the city during this week, and their livelihood will be badly affected.

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Intermittent fasting - the early verdict

Posted by Richard Loffhagen on 3 July 2013

This is a little private, but thought I'd share. After watching Dr Michael Mosley's Horizon documentary, summarised in this youtube video about the increasingly popular 5:2 diet, or intermittent fasting diet, I decided to give it a go. How it works (at least for me) is that for 5 days a week I eat and drink completely normally, and on two days , namely Monday and Thursday, I restrict my intake to around 600 calories. My 600 calories are usually made up of an egg or small muesli and fruit for breakfast, and then nothing (apart from a coffee) to eat until a healthy (lots of salad/veges included) dinner. No wine on these two days, which makes a nice change. In 5 weeks I've lost 7.6 kgs (99.9 >>>92.3) and an impressive 10cm from my waist. It's so much fun using long-since abandoned holes in my belts. I look better, I feel better, I tend to eat better even on by 5 days of eating normally. In short, I can see this being a way of life. I'll report back in another 5 weeks. Thanks for reading.

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