Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Here's the brioche I made in my new, Kojirushi bread machine. With Jim recuperating and my being housebound for the next several weeks, I'm using this time to expand my bread making repertoire. I think I'll make a cinnamon raisin bread after dinner. Yesterday I got my bread machine cookbook. It has 300 recipes. That will keep me busy for a while!

I've also used this time to get all my sourdough starters re-vitalized. For a while there I thought I'd have to buy a couple of new starters because I hadn't used two of them for a few months; but after a day or two I was able to revive them. Now I just have to remember to keep feeding them  regularly!

It's a rainy, slush, dreary day out there. If I didn't have studio plants to water or a dog to walk, I'd be spending all day indoors with the fireplace on. Kitty Bonnie stuck her nose out the door and decided this was not a day to play outdoors. Smart kitty!

This has been a good day for some paper work.. I completed my first seed order of the season and still have a lot more catalogs to go through. I was happy to find annual artichoke seeds that will fruit the same season. It's too cold here to winter them over (I've tried before and it hasn't worked). This year I piled a  lot of straw around the plant; but I'm not holding my breath. Next month I'll start the annual seeds and hopefully we'll get a crop of artichokes this summer.  Italian style, stuffed artichokes are one of my favorite dishes.


  1. I have a Zojirushi bread machine & really love it. It's fairly new so I haven't made too many different loaves. What bread machine book did you get? I need to make a sourdough starter.
    Hope Jim is healing more each day.

  2. June...what a beautiful loaf of Brioche..making bread is an art, I think. Bread..ymmmm, I love breads.
    Have a lovely time perusing garden catalogues, cup of tea and fresh slice of Brioche on your chilly day.
    Cheers, Trish from an equally (cooler) Alberta.

  3. Judy, I got "The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook" from It has 300 recipes, although I doubt I'll ever bake all of them!There's also a few yahoo bread groups that have recipes in their files on the home page. I haven't researched those yet since there aren't enough hours in the day at the moment!

  4. Thanks Trish. I never did get around to perusing the seed catalogs. Where does the time go!