I haven't been blogging much lately. Life just got a bit too weird and strange for even baking to be a panacea. I do find that mood translates into cooking, and the few times I baked when I really didn't want to nothing worked.
However, in the mean time, I took a sample of my flour over to an artisan baker that runs a cafe in Bromyard, just west of Worcester. He thinks with his hands, and I wasn't sure if I would hear what he thought. He had needed a good pastry for quiches, and also wants some sourdough style bread for the farmers market in Stroud. I took him enough flour for the pastry, and asked for a sample of the potato starch that makes gluten free breadmaking so much easier to be sent to him by Solanic.
Yesterday he phoned, while I was at my glass course, to say that the flour was great and you couldn't tell the end result from a wheat pastry. That made me feel much better about all the effort I put into researching the blend. Now just to hope Shipton Mill will get their new gf facility up and running and make the flour. I must get on with the books!
So, a great day. I enjoyed learning to paint on glass - firing the pieces to be leaded next week. The flour comment was good. And to top it all, I got to meet Harrison Lees, my brand new grandson, who arrived Thursday afternoon.