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Bread Mail Lammas

Morning all,

Yes it’s the 1st August which means it’s Lammas or Loaf-Mass which is a celebration of a forthcoming harvest. There is a piece on this in today’s Guardian by Andrew Whitley:

“When scarcity was the norm, a good harvest was a matter of life and death. No surprise, then, that cutting the first corn was a cause for celebration, when hope and anticipation displaced the gnawing anxiety that was most people’s daily fare. Lammas (from the old English hlafmaesse – loaf-mass) has its origins in the pagan lughnasadh and was at one time an important festival. It marked the arrival of ample food supplies (at least for a while) and a period of community labour with good company for the teams of reapers.”

Guardian article on Lammas

This week’s specials are yet to be decided so come and try your luck on Friday from 1.15pm (a bit later than 1pm if possible…). I usually announce more on twitter @andysbread once things are in the oven if you are twitter enabled 😉

As usual, for orders – reply to this email by tomorrow morning. If you have a regular order and are going away on holiday and need to cancel – please let me know too.

See you on Friday and enjoy Lammas despite the rain….

Cheers,
Andy

PS Hope everyone enjoyed their beetroot loaf last week, I think it was a record for selling out. All 5 went in 30 minutes.

*** YEASTED BREADS ***
Ciabatta – Italian soft “slipper” bread (300g) £1.20
Olivatta – Olive and sun dried tomato ciabatta (300g) – £1.60
Dolly – Wheat loaf with 4 seeds (800g) £1.90
Ceredigion – Small loaf using 50% local wholemeal flour £1.20
Muffins – English muffins – perfect for Saturday breakfast! 40p each

*** RYE SOURDOUGH **
Borodinksy – Dark Russian bread with molasses & coriander (400g) £2.30
Revolution – Large dense loaf full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds (800g) £2.70
(also available on request without seeds £2.50)

** WHEAT (& WHEAT/RYE) SOURDOUGH **
Kiev – Rye and Wheat sourdough with caraway seeds (400g) £1.90
Vermont – Wheat sourdough batard (400g) £1.90
Potato Bread – Wheat sourdough with honey and potato (400g) £2.10

** SPECIALS **
Focaccia slice (90p)

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Bread Mail 24th July

Morning all,

Sending this from sunny North Devon where we have been house-sitting this week. Fear not, we are coming back to Wales tomorrow and I’ve even brought my sourdoughs on holiday with me so there WILL be bread this week. I’m not announcing any specials however there may be some on Friday; my mind is more focussed on going to the beach later.

As usual orders by Thursday AM, collect from 1.10pm on Friday (If you could make it at this time rather than 1pm, the shop gets a bit chaotic on arrival!).

See you on Friday

Cheers,
Andy

*** YEASTED BREADS ***
Ciabatta – Italian soft “slipper” bread (300g) £1.20
Olivatta – Olive and sun dried tomato ciabatta (300g) – £1.60
Dolly – Wheat loaf with 4 seeds (800g) £1.90
Ceredigion – Small loaf using 50% local wholemeal flour £1.20
Muffins – English muffins – perfect for Saturday breakfast! 40p each

*** RYE SOURDOUGH **
Borodinksy – Dark Russian bread with molasses & coriander (400g) £2.30
Revolution – Large dense loaf full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds (800g) £2.70
(also available on request without seeds £2.50)

** WHEAT (& WHEAT/RYE) SOURDOUGH **
Kiev – Rye and Wheat sourdough with caraway seeds (400g) £1.90
Vermont – Wheat sourdough batard (400g) £1.90
Potato Bread – Wheat sourdough with honey and potato (400g) £2.10

** SPECIALS **
Focaccia slice (90p)

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Bread Mail 11th July

Morning all,

Quite a few things to say this morning!

Firstly, hello to all new subscribers, thanks for signing up. There have been a few of you over the last couple of weeks. So I should probably explain how this works! Basically I send an email on a Wednesday morning listing breads that will be on sale at Great Oak Foods on Friday from 1pm. There are standard loaves and normally a couple of specials. Lots of people have a regular order so they just come and collect their usuals but you can also reply to this email to reserve loaves for Friday (Or just take a chance and come in from 1pm on Friday and see what spares there are – although… it is usually a bit chaotic!) Hope that explains it.

Oh yes it is fine to collect on Saturday (beware shop closes at 3pm) but obviously the bread won’t be quite so fresh.

No bread next week (20th) as we are off to Devon for our usual summer house-sitting, back the week after (27th). I’ve put the dates I will/won’t be baking this Summer on my website (http://www.andysbread.co.uk), will do the same in the veg shop.

Apologies last week for the lack of olive/sun-dried-tomato olives ciabattas, I had an issue with my oven and they weren’t ready on time (and I was running late). Fingers crossed the oven is ok for this week’s bake

So onto the specials, this week I’m making Cheese & parsley sourdough with a hint of chilli.

Usual orders by Thursday morning at the latest please, otherwise collection from Great Oak Foods from 1pm on Friday

Finally, a plug for a great event that is happening this weekend. The launch of “Both Coed” in Llanidloes Community Woods (Allt Goch) is taking place this Sunday. I’ll be making sourdough pizza pasties/wraps on the open fire and there is loads of other stuff going on. All welcome. Meet at the old market hall in town at 11am for a procession up to the woods. For more info check out their facebook page. It’s going to be great! See you there hopefully.

https://www.facebook.com/events/149177055217088/

Cheers,
Andy

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Bread Mail 5th June 2012

Morning all,

Hope everyone is good. Advance notice. There will be no bread definitely for one week, perhaps two. Will send my next bread mail the week I am baking My bread does freeze well, some people slice it into halves or quarters, so can defrost a little at a time!

The specials this week are as follows:

Onion and Bay sourdough, the onions are cooked in a mixture of bay and milk which is then mixed into the dough (bay leaves removed!)
Carrot and Walnut rye sourdough. We saw this in Berlin so I’m going to be trying it out. Not sure yet if it will be 100% rye or a mixture of wheat/rye

I’ll also be doing focaccia slices with garlic/rosemary (if I get time!)

Usual orders by Thursday morning please, otherwise collection from Great Oak Foods from 1pm on Friday Cheers, Andy

*** YEASTED BREADS ***
Ciabatta – Italian soft “slipper” bread (300g) £1.20
Olivaccia – Olive and sun dried tomato ciabatta (300g) – £1.60
Dolly – Wheat loaf with 4 seeds (800g) £1.90
Ceredigion – Small loaf using 50% local wholemeal flour £1.20
Muffins – English muffins – perfect for Saturday breakfast! 40p each

*** RYE SOURDOUGH **
Borodinksy – Dark Russian bread with molasses&  coriander (400g) £2.30
Revolution – Large dense loaf full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds (800g) £2.70
(also available on request without seeds £2.50)

** WHEAT (&  WHEAT/RYE) SOURDOUGH **
Kiev – Rye and Wheat sourdough with caraway seeds (400g) £1.90
Vermont – Wheat sourdough batard (400g) £1.90
Potato Bread – Wheat sourdough with honey and potato (400g) £2.10

** SPECIALS **
Onion and Bay (400g) – £2.30
Carrot&  Walnut (400g) – £2.30
Focaccia slice (90p)

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Bread Mail 30th May 2012

Morning all,

Hope you are all having a good week. The cheesey chilli parsley bread appears to have been a hit last week, as was the beer bread (although made with Suma’s organic stout as the Waen Brewery didn’t have any bottles available – although they have promised me some of the yeast from the bottom of their barrels – watch this space!)

This week I’m predicting cooler temperatures so you will need something to eat with your soup…

So the specials this week are the multigrain sourdough which is packed full of seeds and grains (sunflower, pumpkin, linseed and oats) and also I’m going for a Buckwheat and Welsh mountain cider sourdough. Lovely cider from the hills of Llanidloes with buckwheat groats and a little bit of Cwm Belan honey (Note: quite a few non-certified organic ingredients in this one)

I’ll also be doing focaccia slices with garlic/rosemary (if I get time!)

Usual orders by Thursday morning please, otherwise collection from Great Oak Foods from 1pm on Friday

Cheers,
Andy

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Bread Mail 21st May 2012

Morning all,

Hope everyone is enjoying the sun. It is going to be seriously hot in the kitchen baking this Friday!

This week I am trying two new specials. First is going to be a beer bread – using our town’s very own Waen Brewery beer. Possibly stout based but I will see what they have available. The second is going to be parsley and organic mature cheddar bread. I expect both of these will be sourdoughs.

As these are both new, I’m not going to be able to take any advance orders, get to the shop after 1pm and I’ll have samples and a couple of each type available.

I also hope those of you who got to the shop early last week enjoyed the garlic/rosemary and sea salt focaccia. I’ll be doing something similar this week.

Anyway, please let me know your orders by Thursday morning if possible and collect from Friday at 1pm in Great Oak Foods.

Cheers for now,

Andy

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Bread Mail 9th May 2012

Morning all,

Back baking this week after an extended trip some of Europe’s great cities; London Lille, Leeds, Sheffield and.. Birkenhead… 😉

Lots of good bread in France although not sure eating 2 croissants and a pain au chocolat daily would be good for my health in the long term, was tasty though!

This week going to be baking the usual loaves as listed below and a couple of specials. First special is the multigrain which is packed full of seeds and grains, and the second special is going to be a walnut and raisin sourdough. I crack all the walnuts myself so they are fresh 😉 I will also be doing some olive and sun dried tomato ciabattas @ £1.60. However be aware the olive/tomatoes may not be organic.

Anyway, please let me know your orders by Thursday morning if possible and collect from Friday at 1pm in Great Oak Foods.

Cheers for now,

Andy

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Welcome

So Andy’s bread has grown up and gone and left home. The Loop Project are sad to see him go but I thought it was best to have my own website. Have a look around, the main thing here is bread and all things bread like.

I sell my bread in Llanidloes in mid-Wales and bake weekly from home at the moment. If you want any more information about any of my bread please get in touch.