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The garden is recovering from summer and starting producing again (slowly) - just as we start getting back into colder weather (lucky it's Queensland though, right?).

Harvest May 2017

300g Thai red eggplant

400g purple eggplant

200g red chilli/bell peppers

1 baby pawpaw

4 Lettuces, mixed salad leaves & edible flowers

Spring onions

baby carrots

1 passionfruit

3 chokos

Herbs: basil, thyme, parsley, chives

Salad happy

Milder weather has meant happy salad leaves from garden, such a blessing.

Have been battling with the possums though. They have ravaged my seedlings (particular fondness for kale) as well has carefully preying on my passion fruit. 

Had my first passionfruit this month, looking forward to many more! (possum permitting) 

Gathered some macadamia nuts from my parent's trees. Happily neglected, productive every year

We had a guest stay who drew/painting my tropical garden, love it! She is an illustrator and does some gorgeous drawings!

Eggplants have been productive this month, both the red and the purple. Lots of surprised faces showing family that the red ones were in fact eggplant (and tasted like it too!) and not tomato :)

Cathie's little seedlings doing well in the hugellyesque bed - silverbeet and pak choi

Mr Choko has decided to come back, a few more on the vine now too

Comfrey is looking lush!!

Surprise flowers from a branch I stuck in some dirt last year :)
Bread, brioche & beyond

Still baking, still trying to perfect the sourdough - my new raison d'etre! Made a nice Pain de campagne but since then have been getting tunnels, tunnels, tunnels! (WHHHHY!!!!!! The internet has a million conflicting possible reasons - not scoring well, underproofing, bulk fermentation too short, shaping not tight, oven too hot derp derp etc etc but will have to keep trying!) Have finished off the french T55 and will switch to Australian organic wheat flour next month.

Some nice turmeric, fruit and walnut sourdough  - using the freshed Tasmanian walnuts from The Source!

Have no problem when using commercial yeast to make the sweet breads though (cheeeeating!!!!) Made some brioche (a couple of times, big success)

Had some family in town so I led a brioche making class. Huge success making the dough in the evening, less followers for the 6am start for shaping, proofing and baking haha. Shout out to Franck though who made it up (put on sunglasses to shade the fluro lights!) makes me realise how much I've accustomed to early baking hours...

And some Pain au Lait (also good but not as sensational as brioche - less butter lol)
Made some Gougeres (cheese choux) for an event, so addictive..

Some carrot and garlic sauerkraut

And some delicious homemade yoghurt!

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Comment by Dave Riley on June 6, 2017 at 7:51

A benchmark in comestibles.

Comment by Christa on June 5, 2017 at 21:51

You are a successful bread maker and gardener and I love to read about and see your garden produce. That little plant is a zygocactus if you didn't already know. They look lovely in hanging pots.

Look forward to future posts on your garden. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 5, 2017 at 17:43

Oh, Sophie everything is looking so good. Oh, how you have grown as a Cook, Baker and Gardener. We are all so proud at BLF.

Comment by Sophie on June 4, 2017 at 10:39
Thanks everyone. Breaking news, no more tunnels. Increased bulk fermentation time and gone back to Australian flour with slight reduction in hydration. Scoring more deeply too. Will monitor to see which component is the tunneling culprit!
Comment by Susan on June 3, 2017 at 18:40

Your breads make my mouth water.  It is still on my to do list to learn how to do this. 

Comment by Cathie MacLean on June 2, 2017 at 12:24
All humming along at your place Sophie, by the looks of it. The brioche etc looks fabulous. Can't diagnose the issue with the tunnels sadly. I have the same problems with getting baking assistants at my place too! No problems finding eaters though - funny that! Glad your seedlings are doing well. Mine are as well. Starting to feel a little creeping pressure about my garden visit - think I'd better get organised and tidy stuff up. Looking forward to the visit to you!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 1, 2017 at 21:06

Goodness, Sophie! Do you get time to sleep?

Fabulous doings at your house and garden :-)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 1, 2017 at 20:32

I reckon you are becoming the "BLF pin up girl"!  Nice work Sophie.  

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