Sunday, 20 July 2014
D-Day - and before
I cleaned my oven. I knew we'd been making bread, so the oven was required. My oven was an embarrassement. I clean it, completely, with OvenMate probably 4 times a year, but it needs doing every month. I think its made worse by the way I cook my sourdough bread - I put a tray underneath when the oven is heating up, and then I put cold water into it when the bread goes in, to create steam. The steam loosens the gunk so it tends to spread as the oven cools.
I washed the kitchen floor. I cleaned my worktops. I put stuff away. I made sure my bathroom and downstairs toilet were clean.
I laid out the dry ingredients from Natarsha's list, in order listed on her sheet (which turned out not to be helpful).
I peeled carrots. I zested a lemon. I separated an egg.
I moved the frozen fruit to an accessible parto fthe freezer. I moved the chilled ingredients to an accessible part of the fridge.
I got out the specified number of bowls and spoons, a gratin dish, a tray for baking bread rools.
Natarsha arrived, and we chatted as she set up.
My brother phoned to say he'd had a bit of a problem at home, and he would be 15 minutes late.
My next door neighbour arrived.
No sign of my Aunt, which was most unusual. I checked the bus times, and was a little worried as the bus should have arrived about ten minutes ago and is less than 5 mins walk from our house. I looked down the road and couldn't see her. I phoned her, and she sounded out of breath. It was a hot day, and she was walking from the bus stop. I could see her coming down the road.
Introductions, cold drinks all round, and we decided to get started, without my brother.
This was it.
Posted by Witch Hazel at 04:40