Seriously, it is Too Hot to Bake today?

27 08 2014

Oh, in the house it is cool and lovely. Windows are open. Sun is right smack overhead. But as the world turns, the sun’s rays slay us, penetrating the western window, heating the skin of this metal house, and making life bearable only with AC. So, do I bake today? Lawdy. Here’s how the sheep feel about being out in the sun:

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Get to Work!

25 08 2014

Great stuff, having room to move without cats attacking the fiber in my hand, basket, box, bag, or on the carder or the wheel. Great stuff. Here’s the bottom of a batt that will be making up a second ply for some avocado dyed *GCN. This batt is GCN Sammas, yellow silk/Merino blend, red Border Leicester, and pitch black alpaca.

*GCN = Gulf Coast Native Sheep

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First Batt out of the “new” Studio, with Lailie





Sourdough of the day (yesterday’s)

18 08 2014

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Sourdough Boule of August 17

In search of the perfect loaf, I’m workin’ that starter and workin’ that starter and man oh man…this bread is in another dimension of perfection.

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High-risin’

Wonder what the crumb will be like…mmmm.

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There’s some springy bread

What a texture. It’s alive!

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Simple and Spectacular





Surprise-o-rama!

17 08 2014

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Holly’s New Ewe Lamb

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Pretty little Girl

We weren’t expecting Holly to be expecting. So yesterday morning, I got a huge surprise when I went down the pasture to bring the sheep out. We had a very large problem with fencing back in February…so I wonder how many more ewes are getting ready to multiply.





Sourdough #2 – New from the Old

14 08 2014

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Showing off her Charry Bits

Here’s the second boule of sourdough from the “new” “forcefed” starter.

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Here is Momma – Whole Wheat, Bubbly, and Pretty as can Be

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Final Rise – 2 1/2 Hours

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Magical

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What a Crust! – So Thin and Crispy!

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The Crumb





Summertime Sourdough

13 08 2014

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Whole Wheat Sourdough – August 12, 2014

So, I looked in the fridge at my old sourdough starter and thought…”Well, okay. It’s been a few weeks. Let’s see about it…” So I went crazy.

I’ve been reading a lot of bread bloggery of late, and have become enchanted with the practice of supercharging a starter before growing a leaven. So, I took out my years old, trusted, all white starter, scooped out a cup, and added 100g of flour and 100g of water. Four hours later, I removed a cup and refreshed with 50:50g. Four hours later…50:50g.

By Jove, that starter was going NUTS.

I continued that for another day, and then, finally, pulled out a mere tablespoonful of starter to make the leaven. The leaven comprised the little bit of supercharged starter, 200g of water, 100g of unbleached bread flour, and 100g of whole wheat flour.

Twelve hours later, the leaven passed the float test. And the dough progressed perfectly.

I don’t have a “combo set-up” like Chad of Tartine. So I used a cast iron skillet and a big ol soup pot as a lid. I heated the oven and the pans to 500 degrees, pulled out the soup pot and threw in some boiling water – which danced gloriously – dropped the risen boule into the skillet, and covered it with the still wet hot pot.

Really great bread.

The leaven was put together at 9am, and we had that bread for supper, with ribollito. If I had given it a long cool rise, I’m sure the bread would have had more of a tang…but it was just sour enough. And the texture is out of this world.

Here are a couple more shots:

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The dough on its 3rd fold

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Fini!

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Another shot of the crust

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What a rise!

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Deliciousness

Tom has requested this as our daily bread.

 

This post was submitted to Yeastspotting on Wild Yeast.





Please Fence Me In!

1 03 2014

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Please Fence Me In

Our farm needs a new fence to protect our Gulf Coast Native Sheep! We have plenty of energy to do the job, and the weather is with us, but it’s a daunting prospect, because so much cash, about $3,000, is needed for materials. This is an emergency. A tract of land abutting our grazing land was sold, and the new owners have threatened to shoot the sheep if they set foot on that property. The owner of the grazing land loves our sheep, but doesn’t want to put up a fence just now, so we have to pull the sheep back to our parcel. The only way to do that, is to fence our upper pasture. We started this “Fence-Raiser” 2 weeks ago, and we’ve raised enough to buy a lot of poles and some fencing. We’ve set 2 gates, and this next week…we hope to have one run complete. At night, we’re making the things our sponsors have ordered. It’s wonderful to have work coming in again!

We’re still looking for sponsors. Because we do so many things, we’re offering many things in return for your help. Fibery things, wooden things, edible things, and even adoptive things.

That said, here’s the idea:

For $500, the Flying Turtles String Band will play for your party – within the state of Florida

For $250, you receive a membership in the Yarn-of-the-Month Club – a different yarn every month, some natural, some naturally dyed

For $200, you receive a painting of a scene on our farm OR
Adopt-a-Sheep and get a painting of your sheep

For $150, you receive 8 skeins of yarn OR
a fresh skirted fleece (after Spring shearing) OR
a handspun handknit hat and mitts

For $125, you receive a membership in the Jam Baby Jam “Jam-of-the-Month Club” OR
6 skeins of yarn (Yarn-of-the-every-other-Month Club)

For $100, you receive a set of handcarved native cherry kitchen tools with Tom’s famous marinara sauce recipe (left or right handed) (Add a handcarved cherry coffee scoop for $20.)

For $75, you receive 4 skeins of yarn OR
either a handknit handspun hat or pair of mitts OR
a large handmade cutting board (native cherry wood)

For $50, you receive a dozen eggs/month (Gainesville area only) OR a small handmade cutting board (native cherry wood)

For $25, you receive a mitt-kit – a variety of handspun yarns – about 100 yards – and a pattern for fingerless gloves OR
a handcarved cherry Coffee Scoop

With the exception of the yarns in the “Mitt-Kit” and “Yarn-of the Month” selections, yarns will be spun to meet demand, and fairly consistent within the order. Yarns will be mid-weight, natural colored yarn, ready for knitting or dyeing, approximately 100 – 220 yards in a skein (depending on weight and ply), 2-ply or singles. Shipping is included for all of the selections.

We accept paypal or checks.

PayPal to: NoFlaCraftworks@aol.com

To send a check, please write for our address.

THANKS!








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