We had a bit of an incident a few months ago when some kitchen cabinets came away from the wall and a lot of my lovely kitchenware was broken. I didn’t mention it at the time as it was so traumatic! You know what they say about clouds and silver linings though, and sad though I have been about the things that I lost, I must admit it has been quite fun going out and choosing lots of lovely new things to cook and eat and serve with. If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed some new bits and bobs popping up, of which a few are above. Clockwise from top left are ice cream bowls from BHS, mugs to match the wallpaper from Sainsbury’s, Jamie Oliver bruschetta board complete with home made beer bread, and finally owl mug also from BHS, along with shiny new plates from Next.
Did you notice how I subtly slipped in a mention of home made beer bread in amongst all that free advertising for high street stores? No? Well, I did indeed make this beer bread tonight having spotted it online nearly a year ago! It honestly took about ten minutes to make and we have already demolished half the loaf so I’m counting it as a success. The other positive is that I got to use my pretty new measuring cups!
Black pepper and parmesan beer bread (recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon)
1. Place 3 1/4 cup plain flour, 2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder and 1 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl and whisk together.
2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add 14 oz beer, 1/4 cup melted butter (that’s 57 g to you and me), 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese and 1 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper. Stir together until just combined; don’t over mix.
3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased 9 x 5 inch loaf tin and top with another 1/4 cup / 57 g melted butter. Bake at 375 f / 190 c for about an hour until a skewer comes out clean. Turn onto a wire rack to cool for about an hour and a half before plonking onto your new board and slicing.