dang that’s strange


Is it just me or do they do things differently in the country?


I like to say 'they' as if I'm other, not related by blood, and not implicitly involved. 




These boxes are actually for me, to stack biscuits in at the local market on Saturday. 

Dad and Adam pulled them out of some old sheds this morning and cleaned them up. And of course hung them on a tree in the chookyard to dry. (As you do.)




Thanks, fellas. They're perfect. 

And have you ever seen a turkey egg?



Just a bit bigger than a hen's egg, about the size of a ducks. (Not as big as a goose's.)

Our neighbour's turkey is a single lady with no Mr Turkey unfortunately (she sleeps on the ridgepole of our garage. Looks like she could use a gin.) So even though she's started laying, there's no hoping the eggs might be fertile. We keep returning them next door.

I thought: one little photo.

There's always a crew, though.

Oops, there goes the comparison chook egg.

Oh well. We saved the goose egg.

And check this out! A curly wurly cane banneton!


Clean! (Er, new.) It is now floured and full of proofing sourdough, and theoretically you are supposed to leave it 'floured', like, permanently. The food safety supervisor in me is freaking out getting my head around that. 

Strange bacteria-breeding breadmakers. 

Bet the person who dreamt up permanently-floured bannetons lived in the country. 

Will report back on success or otherwise. Hope you're having a lovely week, lovely folk!



13 Comments on “dang that’s strange

Alex Nolan
September 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I may very well have missed something significant, but what is a banneton? What did you make it from (you did make it, right?), and what is it used for? Why does it need to be floured? Looks like a bowl to me – is that not right? Please spell it out for the slightly harassed, very over-tired English woman!

September 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm

No, I didn’t make it! I bought it from a breadmaking supply shop online! It’s a proofing bowl, which means you rise your bread in it (designed for sourdough) and then tip out the bread to bake it and it is imprinted with the circular marks. If it works, I’ll post a photo! Hope you get an early night tonight xx

September 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

P.S. It has to be floured so the bread dough doesn’t stick to it.

September 14, 2011 at 5:24 am

I love those wooden boxes. My daughter and I found a beautiful timber orange packing box at a country tip. We took it, repaired it, sanded it, oiled it, and I have never seen a 10 year old so proud of a job well done. She kept saying that she couldn’t believe anyone would throw something so useful away. That’s my girl!

September 14, 2011 at 7:53 am

Hi Alex, I’m glad you asked. I was wondering all the same things -and I’m not English or over-tired but am slightly harassed some days πŸ™‚

September 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

Fiona I have a “sculpture” in my lounge room that looks remarkably like your first photo — I kid you not.

Where did you get the banneton please? I’ve been after one too.

September 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

that is a BOX TREE it also has beautiful honey

lily boot
September 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

you are so into your groove here Fiona with your bikkies and chooks and farm life – it’s so exciting to watch it all grow πŸ™‚ Have a lovely day.

September 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I love those boxes, wow. And that chookyard, and the sunshine. And the darling little girl having fun with an egg.

If you are going to bake the bread anyway, surely the bacteria will be taken care of. My kindergarten teacher used to eat anything we baked- put it in a hot oven for 20 minutes, it wont hurt anybody. Looking forward to the results.

Mary Ann Cauthen
September 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I live in GA, USA, on a farm, & my husband has several “sheds” as well as a 1947 car!! Loved your pictures on the shed site – especially the child with the eggs!! Thanks for sharing. Mary Ann

September 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I got it online from The banneton did the job perfectly, I just wasn’t 100% happy with my bread so haven’t posted about it. Am having a battle with sourdough! i think homebread sell plastic and cane ones but I can recommend the cane!

September 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Wow that’s cool. Nice to meet you!

September 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

Thanks for that Fiona, I’ll let you know I go, although I too have been battling with sourdough since I started with it about twenty years ago.


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