Morning clouds.

Clouds over buildings.

Morning light and path.

Morning sky and trees with path in foreground.

Watching one of my favourite films from last year, Claire Denis’ melancholy and stylized science fiction film HIGH LIFE. 🎥

The view at work this morning.

View of Halifax Harbour with trees and morning sky.

Watching Céline Sciamma’s naturalistic and beautiful 2011 film TOMBOY again on The Criterion Channel. 🎥

New IKEA espresso maker.

Espresso maker on stove burner.

Cinnamon bun bread made in a bread machine.

Cinnamon bun bread from side.

Mushroom and chickpea Wellington for supper tonight.

veggie wellington loaf

Hamburger buns cooling.

Hamburger buns cooling on metal rack.

Watching Martin Scorsese’s brilliant 1993 adaptation of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE again. 🎥

Friday night cheese pizza.

Cheese pizza

Chocolate chip cookies

Cookies cooling

Watching Bong Joon-ho’s rock-solid metaphorical masterpiece PARASITE again. 🎥

Cheese pizza.

Cheese pizza cooling on rack.

In lovely and unexpected film-related news, just got a notification that my pre-order of Bong Joon-ho’s PARASITE is now available in iTunes!

Trying another sourdough loaf in the bread machine.

Sourdough loaf cooling on rack.

Watching Almodóvar’s beautiful 2019 film PAIN AND GLORY again in iTunes. 🎥

Watching Scott Z. Burns’ 2019 film THE REPORT on Prime. 🎥

Made some delicious risotto using the Jam program of the bread machine.

Risotto is bread machine.

Loaf from the bread machine.

Loaf of bread cooling.

Making Bread in a Bread Machine

Baking bread is one of my favourite things to cook and after years of practice I’ve finally figured out how to consistently make nice sourdough loaves. So why did I get a bread machine?

I had mixed feelings about getting a bread machine as it feels a bit like giving up, but it takes time to make bread properly and I love the time spent making bread, but it’s not possible to always do that. So a bread machine will make it possible to make a variety of loaves any time. That means there will always be fresh bread as it’s even possible to put things together before going to bed or after getting home from work.

Now I am trying to figure out the best recipes to use with the machine, which is a Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus bread machine which is quite fancy. So far I made the basic white bread recipe with it, which came out quite fluffy and good. Then I made some sourdough in the machine with my starter using the King Arthur Flour Bread Machine Sourdough Bread recipe which came out well, but I will adjust the recipe a bit as I think I need a bit more flour in it.

Today as freezing rain falls outside I’m going to stay in and make a loaf with the Bread Machine Bread As Easy As Can Be recipe to see how that works. Then I’m going to make some risotto in the bread machine from another King Arthur recipe that also has how to make peach cobbler and Sloppy Joes in the machine.

When I have the time I’ll use the bread machine to knead my dough and make the loaves in the traditional way, but having the option of quickly making a loaf of fresh bread at any time is very nice.

Thinking that I am sleepier than I thought this morning as it seems that I filled the aeropress with coffee grounds twice before adding the water. It was nice and strong when it came out though. ☕️

Oil rig in the harbour for repair.

Oil rig in harbour

Baked macaroni and cheese for supper tonight.

macaroni and cheese in dish

Watching Spike Jonze’s 2002 film ADAPTATION again. 🎥