UK and California TFL bakers meet in person
I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow TFL baker during my trip to the UK from California. I had noticed last year on TFL that Peter (blueboy2419) baked some impressive breads with beer and mentioned a beer festival that he volunteers at every year in Liverpool, my husband’s home town. More than a year ago, I found out that we would be in town for the beer festival, as we were going to be in the UK for my niece’s wedding. Peter gave me information on the festival, and I bought tickets. While I am not a lover of beer, my husband and my brother-in-law are real fans of lagers and ales, and they quite enjoyed the beer. Peter offered his expert advice, which was helpful, as there were literally hundreds of beers. Peter has used some of the beer and stout featured at the festival in his breads.
The St. George’s Hall Beer Festival is held in the Great Hall of a fabulous historic building. You can see the photo of Peter and me at the festival hall. It was fun to meet Peter, and he gave me helpful advice for purchasing the right kind of flours for my baking in Liverpool. My husband’s family are all fans of the Liverpool Football Club (LFC), and Peter is an ardent fan of Everton, their cross town rivals. Interestingly, the “derby” or annual contest when they play each other was on Saturday (we met Peter on Thursday), so that always is an interesting Reds (LFC) vs. Blues (Everton) conversation! The game was on during the wedding, so many of the chaps were itching to go to see the score. It ended in a tie, 1-1.
While in the UK, I did bake a bit, but had several disasters. I ended up making rolls out of a classic sourdough loaf I was making, and they turned out OK, as you can see below.
Because of all commitments we have had with family and friends, I was making the dough and bread meet my schedule, which did not work, needless to say. I brought my sourdough starter over in checked baggage last year, and I revived it with no problem after several months.
I will have to chronicle some other bakes when I have more internet access. It was great to meet Peter and bake for my UK family and friends. Now, it's back to California. Best, Phyllis