Last night other half and I went to a reading of the play Calendar Girls. Initially about three weeks ago I was asked by a lady from my church if I would go, as it’s her drama group. I had reluctantly said yes and told her I’d bring my eldest daughter along too. I sort of dismissed going, I convinced myself that it wouldn’t be my thing, but she really didn’t give me a chance to say no. Then on Tuesday the same lady turned up at my house and she reminded me that I had said I would go. So I persuaded other half to go with me, after all why should I do this horrible thing all alone.
I am so glad I went now, despite my initial reservations. I was convinced I wouldn’t like it, but I had a great evening. I’m not afraid to admit I was wrong, so quiet unsaid apologies to the lady, though she did not know I secretly was cringing.
The show was actually a reading of a play, the actors had scripts in their hand and sort of acted out the different parts of the play. They had wanted to do a whole production but Calendar Girls Musical is currently touring and they couldn’t get their stage licence. You will recognise the name more likely from the movie that was made, it starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. It’s about these quiet church ladies breaking out from the traditional mould and posing for a fund raiser calendar. They became very successful and it changed many of their lives.
We had some good news today, our eldest boy, Mags just got a promotion in his work. He is actually a law student but he works part time also. Actually this is a quiet study year for him, he’s only doing two modules so he has worked more hours than ever. He applied for and got a full time secondment team leader job and is now managing 17 staff members. The previous team leader for his job is now covering maternity leave for someone else so that left this job open. Mags had to go to a one hour interview and answer some real tough questions, but he did it! Although this is only a seven month posting they have told him at the end of the secondment cover he will not be demoted and he could get a trainers role. So we will see what happens, this is great job experience for him and the best thing is that it suits his university hours.
Despite the good news for Mags today was quite the opposite for me where I dealt with some daily mundane things, laundry, work and plenty of baking.
My fusspot teenagers are always telling me they much prefer white bread over any healthier alternatives these days. This creates a headache for me because I’d much rather they tried to eat some of the wholemeal varieties. Never mind them, I made a seeded white loaf today, it got gobbled in no time once again so I’m guessing I can class it as a hit.
Seeded White Bread
My recipe makes two 2lb loaves
760g/26.8oz Strong white flour
515ml/18.1oz warm water
2.5 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons dried milk
1.5 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon malt
1 – 1.5 sachet dried yeast
100g/3.5oz seeds plus a little extra for the top
Stir together the dry ingredients except the seeds.
Mix in the butter with your dough hook.
Add the warm water and use your dough hooks till the mix comes away from the sides of the bowl.
Add the seeds at this point and mix for another few moments and the seeds are incorporated into the dough.
Tip onto a floured board and gently knead for a couple minutes and the dough feels elastic and smooth.
Let the dough rest in a covered oiled bowl for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes knock the air out of the dough and sprinkle some seeds over the dough.
Divide he dough into the two loaf pans.
Cover the dough and allow to rise for an hour. You can test for readiness to bake by poking the dough with your finger, if the indentation is slow to recover then you are good to go.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200C/390F for 30 minutes.
When your bread is ready it will have a hollow sound when you tap it.
Allow your bread to cool fully before you slice it.