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Se7en Discover Flour in the River Cottage Family CookBook…

May 28th, 2010 · 17 Comments

One of the things on our list of fun things to do this past school term was to work our way through this book:


The first chapter was all about flour, who knew all there is to know!!! The different types of flour and which you use for which kind of recipe. And who knew how many little factoids there are to learn!!!


Well I totally underestimated this book – I knew it was going to be fabulous… but it is so brilliant and there is so much to learn and so much to discover and master that we have only managed the first chapter. Now I am not a great one for official school outings but we started this book with an outing and I called it a “Field Trip”!!! Well I got that right, everyone was so enthused and it set the scene for a great study. So here we are a trip to the flour mill… Josephine Mill:


In we went on a very quiet day – not a soul in sight, which gave us the chance to poke around and explore!!!

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A basement full of interesting things to fiddle with…


Try our hand at grinding…


Read the story…


Just look at that wheel:


We bought some flour and headed for home totally inspired to live and learn.


Then we filled up our “Journey Journals” with important documentation.



And we were ready to begin reading and baking and reading and baking and then a bit more of the same. Everyone had to try their hand at each step of the way so we only managed one item a week… and have we ever learnt a lot!!! Everyone had to make their bread from scratch, no bread machine for this assignment…

  1. Basic Bread:
  2. We followed the steps and it was wonderful. It took ages and was so worth the wait!!!

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    Here is everyone waiting their turn to knead. It really helps to have a team for this!!!

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    Let the kneading begin!!!

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    We covered it up, we waited, we pushed it around we tossed it in the pan and we waited some more.

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    Eventually we baked it…

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    And finally we ate it warm from the oven with a dash of butter. Extremely yummy!!!!

  3. Pizza: In spirit of cooking from scratch we whipped up some fresh tomato sauce…

    We needed a batch of basic bread dough. Split eight ways.


    Twist and turn it…


    Smear it…


    Bake it…


    Eat it!!!

  4. Pastry: We had to try the lemon tart and began with a pastry base…


    And learnt all about baking blind…


    Meanwhile the celebrity chef whipped up some
    lemon curd…


    Once the curd and the base had cooled we added some cream to the lemon curd and poured it into the pastry, topped it “liberally” with icing sugar and that was it…


  5. Soda Bread and Sultana Scones: We made a soda bread and went straight on to sultana scones.

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  6. Flat Bread – Wraps: Frankly this is our favorite quick supper – yum!!

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  7. Pasta: We make this quite often, but instead of our usual tagliatelle we made butterflies… just plain fun. And nothing beats the flavor of fresh pasta.

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  8. A Sour Dough Bread: Finally, we haven’t done this yet, but we will this weekend… we want to start our sourdough starter and watch it grow…

And that was just Chapter 1!!!

We will begin Chapter 2, all about MILK, next week and this could be interesting since I don’t think any of my kids have ever even seen a cow up close!!! We will just have to find one!!!

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mama Randa Morning Glory // May 29, 2010 at 5:00 am

    What a fun field trip, I love the journaal entries! And I won’t even get into how delicious all the bread looks. . .

  • 2 se7en // May 29, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Hi MRMG… So nice to meet you – I had a visit to your blog and just love your projects!!! Hope you have a fun weekend!!!

  • 3 Joyful Mama // May 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am wheat and dairy free at the moment because our baby boy has eczema and this seems to be the only way to clear it up. Your pictures are SO delicious – I can just TASTE that lovely fresh bread! And virtual tasting is about all I can do at this stage, so thanks for the ‘fix’! By the way, we just got back from a ‘field trip’ / fun morning on the farm that I arranged for us and some other families in the Durbanville area. We saw the cows and how they are being milked, and all the children got to collect a freshly laid egg from the chicken coop and feed the horses and pot-belly pigs! I know it is a bit of a hike out here for you guys, but if you’re ever planning a trip out this way, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the lady of Gumboot Parties! Enjoy the milk chapter!

  • 4 se7en // May 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Joyful Mama… Thanks so much for tip, I am indeed looking for somewhere were my kids can discover a real live cow!!! Lots of love, have a fun weekend!!!

  • 5 Mrs. H // May 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    That book has been added to our library list.

  • 6 se7en // May 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Hay Mrs H, Oh I am so glad!!! We won’t be the only ones enjoying this fun!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  • 7 irene // May 31, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I could almost smell the fresh bread! oh, yummy -that first slice when it comes out the oven…..
    Pity that websites don’t come with smells yet – or maybe that’s not such a bad thing at times…..

  • 8 se7en // May 31, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hi I, So nice of you to stop by our blog – haven’t seen you round for a while!!! And as for smelling your way around the web – there are definite advantages and disadvantages!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 9 se7en // May 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Hi I, My last reply got absorbed by the internet!!! So Nice to have you visiting our blog again!!! I with you – there are lots of advantages and disadvantages to having your sense of smell awake on the internet!!!! Hope you have a fun week!!!

  • 10 Kelly Glik // Jun 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Love the bread post!
    Good to see hands making bread! We sourdough all the time – its the easiest! We also have flat/pita dough in the fridge all the time, that we just whip out 15 min before lunch and cook in toaster oven. Fresh bread daily, no such thing as bought bread!

  • 11 se7en // Jun 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Hay K, great to hear from you!!! Yup we never ever buy bread but until now we relied on the bread machine to do the work… Now we are better equipped with deft hands!!! Have a great week!!!

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