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A loaf of brioche

This weekend, I made my not-quite-weekly trip to the Borough Market to stock up on useful ingredients. The market lends itself to experimentation. I may go looking for dinner, but with no advanced plans on whether to go for the wild boar pie or to have flavored foccaccia with salad. This time, I knew I wanted bread, but until I arrived there, the idea of Duck Egg Brioche had never crossed my mind.

It was a lovely loaf to look at, a deep burnished brown finished with the sheen of an egg glaze - and made with duck eggs. Fairly dense, the loaf cut beautifully and tidily. It wasn't particularly sweetened either. Still, it didn't really go with my soft cheese experiment of the day - High Weald Dairy's Sussex Slipcote sheep milk cheese was far too grassy-tasting to complement it. The cheese requires a heartier bread.

The loaf aged gracefully, slowly turning stale over the following few days until, today, it was perfect for french toast. (I don't go through bread very quickly on my own.) Twenty minutes of soaking, and the bread puffed up nicely in the skillet. I hadn't planned ahead on sauces, but any kitchen equipped with overripe peaches, dried coconut, and lemons can manage a sauce. My only regret was that I hadn't given in to stocking up on lots of inexpensive maple syrup while over in Canada last week.


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Oct. 18th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
wanna meet up this weekend. not to keep turning you off Reading, but i'd love to do one of those haunted tours for halloween
Oct. 18th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Sure! My only vague plan for the weekend was to go to a harvest festival in a garden in Woking (near Guildford), but that's on all weekend. Indeed, you're welcome to come along for that expedition too.

What haunted tours are there? You mean the ghost-and-graveyard type, or are there special Halloween ones you know of?
Oct. 18th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
well I only know of a generic haunted london tour and several jack the ripper tours. but ought to be others as well.
Oct. 18th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
probably should continue our discussion on your own journal thread hehe.
Oct. 18th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Luck saffronjan, getting to know all about our plans. There's always email too, you know!

Friday would be good too. We have no plans. Friday night tour, Saturday festival. If we can find a tour, of course. Surely there are lots of them...
Oct. 19th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)
yah, ;) ok then, well then all i really need now is a reminder what stop to get off for your place. and basic directions, i remember but i rather not jinx myself. i have class friday so i'd be looking to arrive about dinner time i hope. that and i got to stop at lush and get a bubble bar! hehe i've got your numbers though already
Oct. 18th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
I've checked, geographically, you don't have to go back to Reading via London from the harvest festival - although given the way tickets work, you might have to anyways. There are more direct connections.
Oct. 19th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
I always forget how honestly cheap it is to get maple syrup around here, compared to elsewhere in the world. For us, it's too expensive to get except as a special treat... although when I lived with my parents, we used to get cases of it from our neighbour whose brother had a farm in Quebec somewhere.
Oct. 19th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
So cheap! It's 3 UK pounds for 100 grams in the local supermarket here. I can buy it, at least, if I really need it, but it's so much cheaper in Canada.

At one point last week I was thinking about stopping by the St. Lawrence market where in the past I've seen maple syrup, straight from farms, for sale by the gallon - and priced at something near C$20. In the end, I was unnecessarily worried about weight. Unneccessarily because I really could have fit in my luggage just fine and still come in under weight restrictions. Next time.
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