A flying start to the year:
We have hit the ground running and have been very busy in the bakery; we’ve already baked 100 loaves for Hounslow FoodBox, just throughout the month of January, thanks so much to our customers who sponsor loaves to top up our regular donations.
We’ve trained a new Bread Angel who will be baking in Barnes & Mortlake very soon and run a fabulous series of Online Bread Classes throughout the month – catch our Bagels & Rye session this Monday 6th Feb at 5pm.
Now we are in fabulous February; a short but beautiful month with many festivities
Half Term Family Courses:
Baking Together on Wednesday 15th
Ready, Steady – Bake! This course will get you kneading, rolling and mixing as we make three recipes together using a variety of baking skills.
Family Feathers & Fun on Saturday 18th
An afternoon for the whole family in the garden at Hen Corner…You will be welcomed with home made refreshments and introduced to the joys of keeping chickens!
Real Bread Week, 18th – 26th February:
Bakers Dozen – Batches of Bakes on Tuesday 21st
This artisan bread course will have you baking batches of muffins, bagels and swirls. Baking by the dozen in our London kitchen…
Full Day Making Sourdough (Weekend Special) Saturday 25th
This special course has been designed to help develop your artisan culinary skills as we get busy with the starters, poolish and bigas creating beautiful sourdough bread in our London kitchen…
As in previous years, throughout Real Bread Week, I will donate a extra loaf to Hounslow FoodBox for each course guest & bakery customer…
If it’s still feeling chilly…
Why not come and make your own Sausages (and the best ever sausage rolls) on Tuesday 28th February?
And no worries if you feel you’ve missed out, we have a new series of Online Courses throughout March – leading up to Hot Cross Buns on Monday 27th March – Why not master bread in your own kitchen with your own kit?
We’ve got a fresh love for homemade cheese
As you know, we love to live a the country life here in the city, but when we get a chance to get away, we head to the hills, or more recently to the sea. Last October, we had a wonderful holiday in County Kerry, Ireland completely surrounded by beautiful countryside, with a few opportunities for some sea swimming.
Some friends who had visited the area previously had told us to look out for ‘The Cheese Man’ who makes Gouda in his cottage using milk from his Jersey cows. After finding him and buying some of his fabulous produce, I’ve started making a wider range of cheese and look forward to sharing skills on Introduction to Making Cheese on Wednesday 8th March.
Whilst we are brushing up on our artisan food skills, we’ve got Introduction to Making Pasta on Tuesday 14th March, where we’ll be pressing spaghetti and hanging it up to dry along with tagliatelle, tortellini and ravioli.
Tickets are selling fast for our Easter Specials:
This year we’ve created a brand new course Introduction to Easter Baking on Wednesday 29th March
Not forgetting our ever-popular Easter at Hen Corner on Saturday 8th April
Don’t forget – if you’ve been on a course before you can have 20% discount!
- This year’s marmalade has been simmered, chopped, boiled and potted up
- The bees are enjoying the sunny afternoons and are flying out for the first forage
- We’ve entered six of our popular products into the Great Taste Awards
Jobs for the week:
- Bottle up the cider, it’s had long enough in the demijohn and we’ll be wanting to drink it after an afternoon’s gardening
- Start to sow tomatoes, peppers and aubergines in the heated propagator
- Test bake some flours from a new mill – which will be our favourite?
Are you looking forward to the new growing season?
What are your favourite crops?
Hope to see you soon,