When I first came across Nigel’s lazy loaf recipe, I was wondering what the catch was. The naive me always thought that the bread machine is the answer to bread. I always imagined tedious kneading and a difficult process otherwise. I was proved wrong. This is probably one of the easiest thing to bake and I don’t even own a bread tin so go figure! All you need is a cast iron casserole pot and possibly 40 minutes and the bread is done!
Soda bread with sunflower seeds
(adapted from Nigel’s lazy loaf)
225g wholemeal flour
225g plain flour
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1. Preheat the oven to 220degC. Put the large casserole dish and its lid into the oven.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flours, sea salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together with your fingers.
3. Pour in the buttermilk and begin working the mixture into a soft dough. Pour some sunflower seeds into the dough whilst working it.
4. Shape the dough into a shallow round loaf about 4cm thick.
5. Remove the hot casserole dish from the oven and dust the inside lightly with flour. Lower the dough slowly.
6. Cover the lid and put it back in the oven. (I have also baked the bread without the lid on and this browns the bread more)
7. Check the bread after 25 minutes as it should be ready.
8. Let it cool before turning it out.
Soda bread is extremely tasty when eaten warm. It is such a satisfying feeling to bake your own bread and taste pretty good as well!
On a cold winter’s day/night like today, a hot bowl of slurping delicious ramen makes me a really happy person. After being in London for a whole year, my search for a good bowl of ramen was futile… that was until Bone Daddies came to town. Fellow food bloggers have gone on about Bone Daddies when it opened about late 2012. Determined to check it out, we got there about 6pm and went into a near empty restaurant.
Ross Shonhan, a former head chef at Zuma and Nobu, is the Australian chef behind Bone Daddies. Since the launch of Tonkotsu, then Bone Daddies and now places like Shoryu Ramen, Londoners are in for a treat. Don’t trust Wagamama’s ramen and please head to places like Bone Daddies to try what ramen is all about!
Of course, the dude and I had to try the tonkotsu ramen. The menu describes the 20 hour broth so you do have to check out where all the hard work has gone to. Although I haven’t been to Japan, I have been to a few superb ramen places in Singapore and I know (in my own mind) how good a bowl of ramen can be. We all have slightly different taste palettes, and I can only tell you what I tried and tasted, so you be the judge!
What we had was an extremely porky bowl of tonkotsu… a little too thick in my own opinion but still tasty. The egg was cooked perfectly – the yolk so creamy and delightful. The pork slices were tender and the fat just melts in your mouth. The dude thought it was extremely tasty although our favourite is still Ippudo back in Singapore. For a London ramen joint, this is definitely one that we will return to.
*Apologies for the poor lit photos as they were taken on the iPhone due to the unplanned visit!
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