The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!

This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers.

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11 March 2016

Witton Hill Bake Off - Round III

Foccacia Bread



Joan's  yummy (& thicker) bread was 1st out of the oven & so was half eaten!
PH's Pugliese & fougasse breads
So! (Joan hates sentences beginning with that word!) Another bread baking session.  Two recipes were tried - Joan using a BBC recipe and I used a Paul Hollywood recipe both stating the same amount of flour and both for foccacia dough.  PH using gallons more olive oil - most of which went back into the bottle.  I'm not sure who proof read his book prior to publishing but, we were both convinced of a major error on that one!  Despite these culinary traps, we ploughed on unfazed and were pleased with the results.  Joan used sun dried tomatoes with rosemary, and I used fresh (Yorkshire) sliced tomatoes and sliced Jersey Royals both with rosemary & sea salt. The flavours and textures of all the breads were excellent.  However, we both felt that we would have preferred thicker bread and so resolved to make it in smaller and deeper baking trays next time. We Brits do have a bit of a sandwich mentality and these are more for tearing and dipping. Oh, and just in case you're thinking this has little to do with gardening: I went out to the herb garden and cut the fresh rosemary!  More photos here!

Guess what we ate for lunch?

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