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  • philjoy 1:36 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Great British Bake off, Tonight BBC 2, 8 o Clock 

    Just thought I would let you all know this, On the Great British Bake off tonight,six contestants are judged to make the Perfect.


    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 4:13 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I fell asleep watching it on replay… what does that say about me.? Those programmes are not about the baking but about the people anyway. Though I liked the footage of the Merthyr Tydfil communal ovens.

      • birdandbeard 7:32 am on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        “I fell asleep watching it on replay… what does that say about me.?”…….you were tired?

        • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 5:12 am on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          No, just disengaged ;(

          I ought to say thank you here too, though I have given thanks elsewhere 🙂 Thank you Joe for grand designs and Martin and Caroline and Mouse for opening your home to us in such a grand way and the great welcome and fine meals we had together. I loved meeting you all and the animals and having an opportunity to be with you all. I wish I had had more time to bake and had got my head together a bit more. And I really wished I’d stayed for a taste of that fab looking brioche Robin! Lovely to meet you Fran, Val , Phil, Terry and Stef and Allison and Stig, Ben, Jack, Mick,and Gareth – fun to be with you all again 🙂 I come back home and look at my suburban patch and wonder where I could fit an oven and a camp site…. fantasize about hiring one of those kitchens that come on a lorry….

  • birdandbeard 10:13 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: photo management   


    If we are very clever and organised and have a flickr group photo thing I can put a ‘widget’ in the side bar here which will link to it. Then everyone who wants to add / share photos can put them in and they will be all in one place. And anyone who wants to see them has an easy way to find them. If someone sets one up and then circulates the url and lets me have it I will put it on here. The other way is to upload photos into posts, but some people have had problems with that so flickr might be easier….? 🙂

    What do you think? I can’t do much till next week now as the computer has gone to the machine shop

    • chocveg 10:47 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you all for a great weekend – I came home stuffed with bread and the satisfaction of good bakin’! Will get my photos organised (ie delete most of the swallows!) and maybe someone will tell me how to get them into the flickr group – or do we all have to have an account?
      I will sort out the griddle recipe, you can all do it in the privacy of your own homes!
      Hae a good week all, maybe a bit less bread?! and THANKS!!

    • birdandbeard 5:39 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have used the bakingweekend flickr page to start a public group DDD2010 which anyone with a flickr account can join.

      I you don’t allready have a flickr page you will need to sign up and follow their instructions on how to upload photos.


      • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 12:00 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not quite sure if I have done this right, I have put the RSS feed code for your photostream into the flickr link on the sidebar. Is that what you mean, if not could you email me a link to the public group you started, I searched for DDD2010 and came up with a cycling group? x Joanna

        • birdandbeard 12:26 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          If you look at the bakingweekend flickr profile DDD2010 should be shown as a group we are a member of. I have just sent you an invite to it, it is a public group so anybody can join. This is all new to me so it will be interesting to see if it works.


        • birdandbeard 1:15 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I have changed the RSS to that of the DDD2010 group, if anyone has pics of the weekend on flickr they can join the group then add pics to the group pool.


  • philjoy 7:07 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you 

    I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone for letting me share this experience with you all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and its sad that it is now over,I have learnt a lot more and hopefully it will make me better, that was the only time I have been around a number of Bakers and it was the best weekend I have had this year

    Martin and joe- Thank you very much for organising this and I hope we keep in touch,I will take all your advice with me and I hope it will make me better one day,

    Thanks very much


    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 10:06 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry I didn’t get to make croissants with you Phil! Another time maybe, it was lovely to meet you, your energy was impressive, made me feel so old! I am in the process of sorting out some photos (haven’t forgotten). Best of luck! Joanna (Zeb)

    • phil 10:19 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hia Zeb
      It was great to meet you, and thanks in advance for the photos, I’m just in Darlington now, waiting for my train home,its been a fab weekend and yesterday we used martins small wood fired oven,it was great, I’ve got a few photos of it,


    • birdandbeard 12:28 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      It was a genuine pleasure to meet you, you are talented and hard working. You would be a great asset to any small bakery especially one which has a cafe or tea rooms.


    • phil joy 5:07 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi joe, I wish I could get a job like that, but I am now determined and I am going to search everywhere for one,

      Thanks again for a wonderful time


  • biggthebaker 4:57 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Eegh, it were rite grand, but ah’m glad ta be ‘oome. Thanks to ALL for a great weekend, when I’ve had time to reflect on it, I might well expand on that, but for now. I just feel contented.

    • birdandbeard 9:30 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Somewhere inside is a Yorkshireman trying to get out.

  • birdandbeard 7:26 am on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Message from Rick 

    I checked my personal email last night and found Rick had sent this last week. I am posting it on here as I have not had chance to pass on his regards to all of you.



    Hi Joe,
    Sorry this is a late reply and I apologise for not replying sooner.

    Have been finding it difficult getting back to speaking to people since I lost Mair.

    Am very glad the Baking weekend is coming together for you. I’m sorry I can’t be there.
    Very much hope your oven build came on okay.

    Hoping you might be this way sometime and we could bake a bit together.

    The Bakery is begining to pick up with me baking between 150 – 260 loaves a night 3 nights a week.

    Will be thinking of you all this weekend, please give my regards to everyone, hope it goes great for you, well done for organising it

    Best regards

    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 2:58 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting that Joe! I’ve sent Rick an email today. Picking apples, they’re all falling on the path.. now what to do with those….. 🙂

  • robinaccio 4:14 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Brioche pics for Zeb 


    Tasted as good as it looks…

    • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 7:01 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s it rub it in that you are all eating brioche for tea. Let them eat brioche!

    • stig23 10:16 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We did we did and it was even better than it looks. Just got back home and I have been telling Fred about the various DDD glories, among which the brioche featured largely.

  • philjoy 7:38 am on August 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Nearly There (I think) 


    Just on the train, think I should be getting to Darlington around 9:30,

    If anyone want me to pick anything up from there,just let me know,
    I have forgot to bring the bacon, I knew I’d forget something, I’m going to pick up some spreads, my number is 07909448911 if anyone wants me to pick bits and bobs up, just txt or something,

    Phil 😀

  • birdandbeard 11:43 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Well here we are. The day has finally arrived. Years of planning, thousands of pounds spent, lives lost, loves lost, paradise lost, Joe Loss, millions of man (and girl) hours worked. The odd case of Spanish opened, later to be recycled into the great green bin of life. Sorry what was I on about?

    Ah yes, so the bakery is done, most of the comestibles installed, oven on its way, and a nice, if brief evening spent with Joe and Mouse in a friends caravan under our woods. Soon Mouse asleep, curled quiet, charming to those who gazed.

    A waning moon lit our path home on a clear, silent and windless night. Autumn air. The odd dead leaf crinkled under my feet. Maybe soon the sound of geese, flying Washward for their winter shelter.

    So here I sit by the light of my laptop with the open doored rayburns’ cargo of last springs larch, crackling and flickering away.

    If Joe + I had known the amount of work needed to get the DDD up and running, it wouldnt be happening. Perhaps the deaf leading the dumb. But we now have a small ‘bakery’ and a smashing portable wood fired oven. And we have lots of people coming to play this weekend. What could be better.

    So this is your home for the weekend. Enjoy it as such, please relax and learn and teach. Is not the ‘best’ baker the one who enjoys it most. And lets not forget, it isnt a matter of life and death, its more important than that.



  • chocveg 11:07 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    trying to upload some loaves and fishes.. pics

  • birdandbeard 8:52 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    No sex please ..were bakers. 

    Why is this blog getting dirty? Are you all getting too excited at the prospect of a ‘dirty’ weekend in the Dales (by the way its been dry for a few days now, and hardly any mud)
    First its rubber boots, then girdles, and now the ‘lays’ of Rome.
    Stop it and go and play with your starters.

    • stig23 8:58 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Where are the lays of Rome? I am a Classicist. Shall I bring my Cicero?

      Vale, Stig

    • chocveg 9:15 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      and what about the starter wander darkling???! See you tomorrow.

      • Joanna @ Zeb Bakes 9:28 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        a small excerpt from a favourite children’s book to help you all calm down and go to sleep. Night night. See you tomorrow.

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