... Brian and also for Bread. Here is a loaf rescued by Brian which I had mixed, forgotten and conveniently abandoned to go to the Lake with some friends. B is for my Butterfly Brain which flits around and forgets stuff all the time.
The bread should have gone in a tin as it is a soft white bread with a little sourdough flavour, destined for toast, but he popped it in a banneton instead. When I still hadn’t returned he baked it too. I’m looking forward to having it for breakfast in the morning. I was lucky he came home and found it crawling out of the bowl!
B is also for Beans, this year we are growing a climbing bean called by the lovely name Selma Zebra which has purple speckled and striped pods. and purple flowers. When you steam the beans they turn green.
They are something like a cross between a runner bean and a french bean in texture and flavour. I only had to top and tail them, no stringing involved. I like to serve freshly picked and steamed beans in a little lemon juice and coldpressed oil. Walnut is good, rapeseed oil is fine too. Just a little is all you need. If you dress them when they are warm they taste better somehow.
And B is for my bending bookshelves in the kitchen, too many cook books to read and the shelves are protesting!