Kitchen Blender Spot the Difference

My new toy was delivered today.

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The old one is the white machine on the left, the new is the black one on the right.
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Caravan hibernation

Ages ago we bought a custom-built cover for our new caravan. We didn’t get round to using it last winter – we seemed to be using the van too frequently.

But we probably won’t be out and about now until February, so on it went.

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Vegan Raw Wraps

And no, I hadn’t heard of them until recently either. But they’ve been a bit of a foodie fashion item recently, because they’re raw(-ish), gluten-free, and of course, being vegan, dairy and egg free too. They’re a substitute for a flour tortilla or similar, but the nearest they get to flour is the inclusion of flax flour (linseed flour) or psyllium husk as a binding agent.

To get an idea of what they should look like, see Raw Wraps. My efforts are a bit clunkier. So far at least …

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Scandinavian Bread (1) Inspiration

For the next step on my baking journey, I’m going to have a go at Scandinavian flatbreads.

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Candé-sur-Beuvron

We’re on holiday in the Loire, one of our favourite places. This time we’re staying near Blois, further to the north-east than our normal pitch south of Tours. We’re at a campsite just outside the village of Candé-sur-Beuvron.

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Has Bean Open Day

On Bank Holiday Sunday, we drove up to Stafford for the very excellent Has Bean Coffee’s open day. I love Has Bean, and currently have two subscriptions on the go. The great thing about the subscriptions is that you get a (normally delightful) surprise as each packet arrives through the post. Even on the rare occasions that I’m not wild about the selection, I learn something about coffee.

Here’s the owner and coffee enthusiast, Stephen Leighton, introducing the day.

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We have some new bantams

We went back to the very excellent Orchard Poultry to buy a few more bantams. Not for breeding, just to supplement our ornamental flock. And, after losing our silkie during last winter, we’ve learnt the lesson that the breeds must not be too tender for cold damp conditions.

Here are our five newcomers, getting accustomed to their new quarters before being integrated with the existing birds.

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