Fire and Flour Day, 2015

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Our third Fire and Flour Day has been and gone.  Since our day in 2014 some bakers have had babies, at least one baker is expecting a baby, children have grown and blog friends have become real life friends.  Rather like bread, life changes and evolves and takes us all in different directions.

While I stoked the wood oven in the early hours of the morning I couldn’t help but feel just a tiny bit nervous as I questioned myself over every detail.  Would the bread rise?  Would our new baking friends find us at the end of the dirt track?  Was the wood oven warm enough or perhaps too warm?  With a slightly larger group than we had previously hosted, would it even work?

The bakers found us and the bread happily rose.  The swap table was abundant with fresh produce, preserves and little pieces of handmade goodness.

New friendships were formed and old friendships were
strengthened around the bread making bench.

Summa made hand cut pappardelle with eggs from our chooks and we promptly ate it for lunch.

Hamish is the man when it comes to slashing loaves in front of an audience and once again, he didn’t disappoint.

 

After a hearty lunch Zara guided everyone through the process of making beeswax candles.  The children loved this activity and the aroma
of the beeswax mingling with the fire was incredible.

 

Photo thanks to Kate.

Photo thanks to Sophie.

As the winter sun set behind the wood oven and I took a deep
breath and felt very grateful.  Days like this do not occur without a lot of passion from
all involved.  I was almost overwhelmed
with the travelling, preparations and creative contributions from this group of
happy people.   There is something so heart-warming
about making things happen within our little community.

Our food for the day included as many home grown/home
produced bits and pieces as possible.
For anyone who might be interested, this is what we ate:

Morning tea: lemon, olive oil and thyme muffins, quince tart, chickpea and kale non-sausage rolls, a large chunk of King Island Double Brie, biscuits, coffee and hot chocolate.

Lunch: Lamb shank and neck ragu, lamb chops and sausages, pasta by Summa, pesto, quinoa salad and sourdough baguettes.

Afternoon grazing: more cheese, more quince tart, biscuits and freshly brewed affogatos with biscotti for dipping.

Kate and Zara and Sophie have written about our day too.

 

Happy baking, friends x

45 Comments

  1. Reply

    Anne

    July 9, 2015

    Every year this looks so much fun Jane. What a wonderful way to spend the day, though it must have been hard work preparing for it. How many of you were there?

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 10, 2015

      Thanks Anne…the effort was worth it! We had 14 adults in total with about 8 people actually making bread. There were some partners who were kept busy keeping an eye on younger children or just relaxing!

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    Chookyblue......

    July 9, 2015

    what a wonderful day………..

  3. Reply

    Kate @ Kate Writes

    July 9, 2015

    Thank you for all the organisation and time you and your family put into putting this day together Jane. Ot was wonderful xx

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    Jane

    July 10, 2015

    What a brilliant baking day you had Jane. All the hard work obviously paid off and the list of food baked, brought and scoffed down is making my mouth water!

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 10, 2015

      Thank you Jane, lovely to hear from you!

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    Jane

    July 10, 2015

    What a brilliant baking day you had Jane. All the hard work obviously paid off and the list of food baked, brought and scoffed down is making my mouth water!

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    celia

    July 10, 2015

    Just once a year? I don't know how you resist doing it more often. It sounds and looks like the best of times, which I'm sure it was, lovely. xxx

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 11, 2015

      I am not sure if we could manage it twice a year Celia…so much fun though x

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    CountryMouse

    July 10, 2015

    It looks like it was a lovely day with so many tasty treats.

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    Sophie Isobel

    July 10, 2015

    Oh Jane, I love looking back over your photos! So beautiful to see how you felt about and captured the day. I can only begin to explain how much I adored the whole experience and how much it's inspired me. Can't wait to join together again soon. Sophie xx

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      Sophie Isobel

      July 10, 2015

      PS. We must have had baking on our minds today, I just finished writing my post too! I think we might have to do something with all the photos in the future. Everyone captured so many lovely moments. x

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 11, 2015

      Thank you Sophie…your enthusiasm certainly contributed to our day x

  9. Reply

    katiecrackernuts

    July 10, 2015

    It sounds and looks truly divine. I can't smell it, but I feel like I almost can. What a treat of a day.

  10. Reply

    deeleggett

    July 10, 2015

    That bread looks so incredible!

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    Kylie

    July 10, 2015

    What a lovely, lovely day it must have been Jane. I'm very envious of you all x

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 11, 2015

      So good to hear from you Kylie, Zara and I both miss you! x

  12. Reply

    pompom

    July 10, 2015

    Looks like you had a great day! Everyone looks like they are having such a fun time and the food looks amazing. How nice to be part of such a great community!

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 11, 2015

      Thank you…it is all part of trying to build a little community around us!

  13. Reply

    acoastalplot

    July 10, 2015

    That all sounds (and looks) wonderful. What a great idea and lovely to connect with like-minded people.

  14. Reply

    cityhippyfarmgirl

    July 10, 2015

    Beautiful Jane! I know how much time, effort, (thinking!) goes into these things so to watch it all fly and fly so beautifully…wonderful stuff indeed.
    Love it . xx

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 11, 2015

      Yes…it did take a bit of thinking Brydie! I know you understand x

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    Liz (Good Things)

    July 10, 2015

    My idea of the perfect day xxx

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    look see. by naomi fenton

    July 11, 2015

    It looks like such an awesome day! Love the menu (and of course, the best double brie you can get!)

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 11, 2015

      Funnily enough there was not one scrap of cheese leftover Naomi! x

  17. Reply

    Zara

    July 12, 2015

    All your hard work and preparation made for such a great day Jane. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.
    x

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 13, 2015

      We loved having you Zara…and appreciated your contributions. One of your bunting pieces is now hanging on our verandah, Summa took the other piece for her new nursery 🙂 x

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    passionfruitgarden.com

    July 12, 2015

    Jane, what a lovely idea and what a beautiful day. Sure looks like everyone enjoyed themselves. I read that Sophie travelled 3.5 hours. Did your other visitors have to travel far?

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 13, 2015

      Thanks Glenda. Due to our location most people travelled a fair distance. Sophie and another family travelled from Mildura but they made a whole weekend of it in the area. It is amazing the effort people make to connect with like minded people x

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    e / dig in hobart

    July 13, 2015

    yum! i can really imagine how delicious everything tasted and smelled. what an amazing day you had; a wonderful way to bring people together in the colder months.

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    Chantille Fleur

    July 14, 2015

    I love seeing this day Jane and have loved being able to read about it in more than one place this year! The photos are beautiful and all of the food looks and sounds amazing. It's wonderful that you can gather with a group of like minded people and enjoy a day all doing one of the things you are passionate about.
    Happy week to you!
    Sarah xo

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      Jane S

      July 14, 2015

      Thank you Sarah…if you were a little closer you know I would send you an invite x

  21. Reply

    Shell McClure

    July 15, 2015

    An amazing day with a beautiful group of people! Thanks for inviting us out Jane and co, our little family had such a great time! All the effort you guys went to was really appreciated, good on you for starting something wonderful. Shell x

    • Reply

      Jane S

      July 16, 2015

      What will we do next Shell? xx

  22. Reply

    Paula

    July 18, 2015

    Looks like another awesome day Jane. Love sharing it with you in photos. Would have love to be there – dreaming of those lamb shanks.
    Paula x

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