No not a sorry tale of no food, but a busy morning baking bread and cooking soup.
A new bread recipe which is called pretzels but are actually pretzel shaped bread rolls. Here is the recipe from the GBBO cook book.
Here are the stages: activate the yeast by mixing with warm milk and sugar until it starts to go frothy.
Mixed together, and then kneaded for 5 minutes until soft and stretchy.
Covered and left in a warm place to rise,
Then rolled into 8 rough balls and left to rise again.
Then rolled into long sausage shapes and shaped into pretzels, left to rise again before egg washing and baking.
2 were sprinkled with sea salt, 2 with Demerara sugar and 4 left plain.
Here they are:
Whilst they were proving I made soup from the leftover vegetables in the fridge. Today it was parsnip, potatoes, onion and a couple of small peppers.
And here is the finished, blended soup, minus the portion I ate for my lunch with one of the rolls.
The rolls were quite soft on the inside but with a nice, chewy crust.