Decided to experiment with some bread baking again. While doing my shopping yesterday I spotted some ‘Hemp Seed Hearts’ (described as ‘pure unrefined hemp seed kernels with a delicious light nutty flavour’ and that among other things they are perfect for baking), so I bought some to use them in some bread to be baked for the weekend.
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These are the ingredients I used (I decided to also include some almonds):
300g strong stoneground wholemeal bread flour
150g strong white bread flour
75g hemp seed hearts
75g toasted chopped almonds
~10g fast action bread yeast
2 table spoons olive oil
1/2 pint of warm water
Mix, knead, let rise as appropriate, then bake at 220ºC (fan assisted oven) for just over 30 minutes.
Has a nice light nutty smell. Taste also light nutty (as promised), bread turned out quite light but also crunchy with the seeds and the almonds. Yes, I’ll almost certainly make this again.
No, of course there is no such thing as an electric steam train. But the headline made you curious, I hope. The reason for it is that the local rail line is currently in the last stages of the line electrification and the overhead power lines we put up about a month ago. While more environmentally friendly than the old diesel trains we currently have it’s not so nice for taking pictures of the steam trains passing through here every once in a while. Today we saw the first steam train coming through since the cables went up.
It was a very nice sunny spring day in West Berkshire today, so I went for another walk in the countryside near the village. I had hoped I might still be able to see some Bluebells, but couldn’t really find any. Didn’t see anything spectacular, so here are three fairly mundane pictures of a big tree, some cattle in the sunshine and a butterfly on a leaf:
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I hope you had a nice weekend as well, hopefully spring and soon summer continue to be nice.
As promised yesterday in the post about the Kestrel I spotted at Titchfield Haven nature reserve here are some more pictures of another bird I watched. This time it’s an Avocet, spotted from the Pumfreet Hide feeding in the shallow waters of the South Scrape:
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