Tuscan bread

Tuscan bread

Tuscan bread

The sun shone today after nearly a week of rain. My way of celebrating by baking bread seems perfectly reasonable. These two boules of Tuscan bread are a bit denser than ideal (what else is new?), but still very tasty. They are about 30% whole wheat.

Tuscan breadI now have completed 30 recipes from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice (percentage complete: 54.5%).

On growing things

It is getting to be that time of year: gardening season. And after going through a few new books (!) on gardening, I feel that I am very much behind.

Near the beginning of last April, I brought home the first green things of the year: parsley, basil, thyme, and a variety of mints — chocolate, orange, ginger, and peppermint. Then, near the very end of April, I brought home five more: sage, chives, oregano, chamomile, and curry leaf. I have grown neither chamomile nor curry leaf before — so I feel I am in for a grand adventure. Here is their progress, so far:

parsley. 6 April 2013

parsley.
6 April 2013

Basil 6 April 2013

basil
6 April 2013

thyme 6 April 2013

thyme
6 April 2013

chocolate mint 6 April 2013

chocolate mint
6 April 2013

orange mint 6 April 2013

orange mint
6 April 2013

ginger mint  6 April 2013

ginger mint
6 April 2013

peppermint 6 April 2013

peppermint
6 April 2013

parsley 18 April 2013

parsley
18 April 2013

basil 18 April 2013

basil
18 April 2013

thyme 18 April 2013

thyme
18 April 2013

the mints 18 April 2013

the three mints
18 April 2013

peppermint 18 April 2013

peppermint
18 April 2013

parsley 24 April 2013

parsley
24 April 2013

basil 24 April 2013

basil
24 April 2013

chamomile, sage, oregano, chives, curry leaf 29 April 2013

chamomile, sage, oregano, chives, curry leaf
29 April 2013

This will be my first attempt at growing so many things in containers — on a deck that gets mostly morning sun. We will see what happens!