Author Archives: Elaine @ foodbod

About Elaine @ foodbod

My favourite recipes, ingredients and cooking tips, I hope that some of you out there will enjoy reading and/or trying some of them out 😊

Isabelle’s review…

Many many years ago, Isabelle and I met here, in blog world, and we have remained in touch ever since…this is what she wrote about my book…

‘Pragmatic no knead, no mess, one bowl sourdough recipes with a 100% success rate. Cannot recommend highly enough.

How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

I have been baking and cooking for many years. I had a food blog. I collect cookbooks, I read recipes to relax, in bed, at breakfast, for inspiration, for fun.

I have followed Elaine’s meteoric rise from blog writer, to Instagram sourdough goddess, to now published author. Over this period we have had discussions on following recipes. She would say, you have to follow the recipe and I would say, I always wing it. After this exchange I started paying more attention to the recipes in my books. Often crucial information is missing, the writers assume the reader doesn’t need additional information, or else they didn’t think of everything. The difference here is Elaine thought of everything. She is in the kitchen with you the whole time. Her clear instructions, her calm presence and her love of all things sourdough shine through on the page. There is nothing she has not thought of. She is a perfectionist, a pragmatist and a brilliant teacher and her desire for you to succeed is clear as you read. Her creativity is astonishing. Her enthusiasm infectious.

The relevance of this book for the home baker can be summed up by the fact that it includes this FAQ:.

I have mixed my dough, but I suddenly need to go out, what do I do?

This tells you the author is a home baker, she understands that there is sourdough and there is your life. She integrates the two. So you can bake sourdough every day for your family, with little effort and no fuss.

What you need to know:

The recipes – you will find

  • How to make your own sourdough starter, how to maintain it, and why it is easy to do
  • One bowl, no knead, no mess master recipe
  • Breads and biscuits, rolls, crackers, sweet and savoury, some examples:  
    • Crusted pumpkin seed sourdough
    • Einkorn, cinnamon and cranberry biscuits
    • Focaccia
    • Almond and raisin spelt bread

There are breads with chilies and breads with cheese…and crackers, with buttermilk, with beer. A generous book that could easily have been split into two works.

What makes this book extra special is the level of detail provided to ensure your results are perfect

  • An introduction to the different types of flour and how they will influence the way your dough behaves
  • When to expect your dough to be wet, how to use a scraper, what to do if your kitchen is cold, hot, humid, dry. Ingredient substitutes and alternatives.
  • Stopping your recipe in the middle, flexing it to your schedule.
  • Making your loaf crusty, making doughs more sour, less sour, softening the crust, scoring the bread, issues with scoring, using a lame, stickiness and gumminess, overproofed doughs
  • What I especially love is the level of detail, in the focaccia recipe the author specifies a pan size, she then writes “if you want a thinner,  crunchy focaccia use a bigger baking sheet”

Beyond the book check out Elaine’s website, where I first came across her, or her instagram pages and her youtube videos for a taste of what the book will contain.’

Top 20 cookbooks of 2020…

I am so amazed, and honoured to be included in this amazing list…a massive thank you to the fabulous delicious. magazine…

https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/this-years-best-cookbooks/

Wholegrain Sourdough at Home – Book Review

A couple of weeks ago, I received a gem in the mail – the highly anticipated and bestselling Wholegrain Sourdough at Home cookbook by my dear friend …

Wholegrain Sourdough at Home – Book Review

Whole Grain Sourdough at Home by Elaine Boddy: cookbook review

Sourdough from scratch Sourdough was the darling of lockdown. Perfect loaves with stretched crusts dusted with circles of flour, cut open to reveal a…

Whole Grain Sourdough at Home by Elaine Boddy: cookbook review

Cauliflower and Blue Cheese Loaf (low-carb and gluten-free)

Cauliflower and Blue Cheese Loaf is a lower-carb take on my popular Cauliflower Cheese Cake. Although smaller in size, this mini version holds oodles…

Cauliflower and Blue Cheese Loaf (low-carb and gluten-free)

Fiesta Friday #348

A new and exciting book was delivered to my residence very recently. Here is it. It’s hot off the press, so quick, grab your copy. You can get it …

Fiesta Friday #348

CHEESE AND PESTO EMMER ROLL-UPS, AND A SPECIAL COOKBOOK REVIEW

I don’t think I stopped smiling from the moment I started writing this post, to the time I hit publish… The cookbook I am reviewing today was written…

CHEESE AND PESTO EMMER ROLL-UPS, AND A SPECIAL COOKBOOK REVIEW

Today my book is published!

Today my book, Whole Grain Sourdough at Home is published, it is so exciting, and nothing I ever expected! If you’d like to know more please check it out, but in the meantime join me in raising a toast and celebrating! It’s such an exciting time and would never ever have happened without this blog and blog community.

Happy Baking everyone!

Spinach, herb and bulgur salad…

This salad is packed full of flavour and goodness…to make this I chopped fresh spinach and coriander in a blender, added fresh garlic, spices, pomegranate molasses and olive oil. I think stirred it through freshly cooked bulgur wheat, cooked my way.

This was great eaten with some roasted tomatoes and some of my white bean, buttermilk and tahini sauce from my previous post 💚

Fresh herbs and quinoa salad..

In this bowl is a salad I made recently topped with a newly created dip/sauce and sprinkled with some dried barberries and za’atar.

For the salad, I chopped fresh coriander and parsley with garlic and sunblush semi dried tomatoes. I stirred in some olive oil and seasoning as well as some ground roasted cumin seeds, before mixing it with quinoa cooked my way.

To make the sauce/dip, I blended soft white cooked beans with buttermilk, tahini, lemon juice and garlic until I got a consistency and flavour that I liked.

Sorry for the lack of weights and measures but I do tend to just throw things together!

Have fun in your kitchen!