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wiltshire doughboy

Hello All!

Hello everybody from a happy baker in Tisbury, Wiltshire in the UK. I was a feeble breadmaker until my other half sent me off on a Richard Bertinet course in Bath which is not too far from where we live. Since then I make 3 to 4 loaves a week and am fortunate to be able to buy fresh yeast in industrial size blocks from my partner's ingredient supplier (She makes luxury chocolates so our household alternates between the entrancing smells of rising dough and Belgian chocolate!) There is a local mill, Stoate's at Cann, just outside Shaftesbury, where I can get several types flour. Looking forward to getting some chestnut flour fro Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire when we drive over there next week. I'll post the results.

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Daisy_A

Hi Doughboy,


Good to welcome another UK baker. Wishing you further happy baking. Do let us know how the trip to Shipton Mill goes.


With kind regards, Daisy_A

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Ruralidle

Hello Doughboy, it's great to hear from another Bertinet graduate!  I took his Intro course back in Dec 2007 and have been baking most weeks since then.  My present favourite bread is a spelt sourdough that I use for my morning breakfast, toasted. I used RB's recipe for a sourdough starter (from his book Crust).  It got going at my first attempt and it has been developing for over 18 months now.  Of all Richard's recipes, I found the puff ball produces the most comment!  Try it for a dinner party starter, if you haven't already.


I use Shipton Mill for virtually all my flour, they sell 16kg of organic unbleached bread flour, delivered, for £15.50 and have all sorts of other flours, as you have discovered.


It is also good hear Daisy_A, another baker in England, probably a bit closer to me than you are - I live on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.


I have found the information on this site very useful and it is great to "meet" other people who share a passion for good bread, I hope you find the forum as helpful and interesting as I have.


Ruralidle

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Daisy_A

Hi Ruralidle,


Good to hear from you too. I am southern end of Midlands so quite close.


I have heard good things about Shipton Mill so mean to try some as soon as I can sort delivery out.


Kind regards, Daisy_A

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Maybe a theme developing here; I too am UK based!


However I'm way up North living in Northumberland, pretty near the Border.


However, I do have a teaching colleague Paul Merry, who works on the Cann Mill site, I believe


What's the lowdown on the Chestnut flour?   Has it just come available?   When I worked with Village Bakery we used to try to bag the whole crop...even tho' it cost an arm and a leg!


Hope you enjoy yourself here


Andy

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Ruralidle

Hi Andy


Shipton Mill have had chestnut flour in stock for a few years - since I started dealing with them in 2008 at least - but they do run out of it from time to time!


 


Daisy_A - you will see from the Shipton Mill website that they offer free delivery if you order 24kg or more of flour - but the large bags are not included in that quantity as their price already includes delivery.  I am fortunate that I got a near neighbour into bread baking and they like SM's flour so we find it easy to make up orders of more than 24kg between us!

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yozzause

Do i detect the start of a little co-op forming, THE CO-OP was started in Rochdale i do believe from my memory of a visit there many years ago. I know of 3 TFL members here in Perth WA now, are there any more out there? If we can get half a dozen of us together i will try to organise a baking day at Challenger Institute of technology and fire up the WFO. It will have to wait till my right arm is out of the abducter sling and my tendon tear has mended (3 months) but will need to start planning soon. you can leave me a message if you wish.


kind regards Yozza

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Hi Yozza,


Hope you are recovering well and fast.


I remember a famous poster with 2 pictures on it.   One had 2 donkeys roped together and moving forward together in co-operation.   The other had one rope between them, with each donkey trying to move in the opposite direction.   The caption was something like "co-operation is better than conflict"?   I'd rather work with you, as I know you have great baking philosophy.


Yep, the Rochdale Pioneers, of course!   The first Co-operative.   I had the pleasure of spending time celebrating their 150 year Anniversary there with none other than Tony Benn.   That was back in the early 1990s as a founder member of a Workers' Co-operative in Newcastle upon Tyne.


It will all come full circle next year, as I launch a Level 3 Baking course which has alternative business structures such as these as the cornerstone of all the teaching: I can hardly wait!


Ruralidle, yes, sorry not to be clear.   Shipton used to buy the entire crop of chestnuts from their source in Italy.   When they run out, that's it!   I worked at Village Bakery, Melmerby in the late 1990s, and our demand for chestnut flour was such that we would clean them out of the stuff in just a few short weeks.   We are obviously talking several tonnes here too!


Best wishes to you all


Andy

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yozzause

Well there you go Andy


The surgeon was very pleased the wound has healed nicely and the  arm is looking good he gave me some nice pictures of before and after showing the full width tear of the tendon, the scraped rotator  cuff and pretty blue thread tying it back together. I have been able to bake at home though with one hand and it does help to pass the day. I have 6 weeks with a sling on and 3 months off work. my internet provider sent me a note that i had used 80% of my monthly allowance so will have to read more books i think.


Good luck with the course launch i look forward to hearing more about that in the future.


Chestnuts are available here at the moment and i think the local Italians are probable the biggest users. When i was at the local market run by Vietnamese the chestnuts were huge the biggest i have ever seen they come from our southwest, there were some that were under the display shelf as they had started to sprout and i was allowed to take them so i have 3 in plant pots that i  intend to grow and plant at my cousins vineyard down south where the weather gets quite a bit colder. Mind you i doubt that i will ever get to see them produce in my lifetime. the other thing i like to grow or stike is olives and figs, both of which grow fast. best wishes to you all Yozza

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Hi yozza,


Sorry to hear of your operation and wishing you a speedy recovery. 


Hope you find some good books to read or maybe an all-in internet deal! Either way I hope the time passes swiftly and that you recover well. They must be missing you at work - who's going to bake all that lovely bread?


With best wishes,


Daisy_A

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yozzause

Thanks Daisy_A


there are so many things i wish i could be getting on with, but haveto make surei dont undo the surgeons good work, just got to take things easy.l