I wonder where the time goes when I stop hugging the bed and sit here at the computer. First of all I had some laundry to remove from the wash stand which had dried over night. Then I was out in the snow to spread the bird food. The remainders of yesterday had been covered by the snow that fell during the night. Yes, we had another covering, although it is now a little warmer and has already begun to melt a little.
Yesterday they were all paying a visit for some food. The sparrows are always present, but Mr. Magpie also turned up, actually there were two of them. I even got a visit from a crow. I used to have a murder of crows in the morning, but this year have not seen them so much. They were the customers for the walnuts, so I decided to put a few out in the morning again.
And now I am really proud of myself. My first attempt at making and baking my own bread was nothing really special a week ago. In the meanwhile I now have a suitable container for baking it and a cookery book with all the details. My main problem was having the time to do it, but now I have the solution. I make the mixture during the morning which really only takes a few minutes in my super machine. I then leave it to rise. The recipes say an hour, but that would mean I would have to refrain from a midday sleep. I let the dough rise for a couple of hours, whilst I am sleeping. Afterwards I had a wonderfully risen dough, knocked it back again and formed it for the bread. I then had time to bake it for about three quarters of an hour. The first half hour was with the lid on the baking form and the last quarter of an hour without the lid to let it get some colour.
I was so pleased to see how my bread had risen and it was really tasty and not a lot of actual work. It more or less does its own thing, all you have to do is make the pastry, leave it to rise and bake it. The way is now paved for me and I will probably bake my own bread now and again during the week. I only have a round form, so have been looking for a long form with lid and have found one. I had such fun making the bread and a wonderful feeling to see the result. Mr. Swiss and No. 1 son find it was a super bread. I worked out how much making your own bread would cost, although I am not doing it to save money. However, the material and electricity costs amount to half of what I usually spend on a loaf, although that is not counting the labour costs.
My little robin appeared again yesterday and got quite near the window to have a drink. He is always so alone, or perhaps there are two of them, a whole tribe, and they take turns for their meal. Robins do not seem to be such social birds. I am now off to do a bit of this and that, but no bread baking today, although I have a cake in ny radar. I still have a couple of lemons left from last week, so it will be a lemon cake again, although the Angloswiss family seems to like it.
Have a good day.