no knead bread

No Knead Bread Baked in the Romertopf


“There is no knead for this” – my daughter

I have had this Roemertopf for many years. It looks a bit worse for wear, but it still does what it is supposed to do. A few days ago I decided to give the no knead method another try and use my Roemertopf with it.

The no knead method is great, because it takes very little time, is flexible and a good solution for a little problem I have at the moment: my daughters don’t care for crusty bread ( weird, I know). So it makes not much sense to use my professional dough mixer. I need at least 8 cups of flour to make it work. That is too much bread just for me. I also have Kitchen Aid. This machine is over 15 years old and can’t handle bread dough anymore. It just makes an angry noise and stalls. I keep it to beat up softer things.

For my bread I used the following recipe:

3 cups bread flour

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp fresh yeasts or 1/4 tsp instant yeast

1 cup muesli mix, combined with 1 cup boiling water, cooled

Here is the dough after resting overnight:

No knead dough

The Roemertopf comes with its own challenges. The original instructions tell you to always put it in a cold oven. I did some more research and found that you are supposed to water the lid for 10 minutes, plop the dough into the form, put it with the lid on in the cold oven and preheat the oven with the bread in it. This is what I tried.

I took the dough out of its container and shaped it with the envelope fold twice ( Pat the dough gently into a rectangle. Fold the short sides towards the middle, then the long sides).

shaped dough

I cut some parchment paper to size, lined the Roemertopf with it, dropped the dough  into it seam side down and slashed it.


I slid the Roermertopf into the oven and turned it on to 420F. I waited 15 minutes after the oven had reached its temperature, then I took the lid off and baked it for another 45 minutes at 390F.

This is what it looked like:

no knead bread

At first glance not too bad and I ate a few slices, but tossed the rest. The crust was thin. I would have liked a darker colour. The crumb was very nice looking, but there was too much moisture in it and it had the distinctive wet dough flavour. I really don’t like that.

After this disappointment I researched some more. Some people claim, that you can use the Roemertopf just like any other vessel traditionally used in the no knead method. The claim you can preheat the empty topf in the oven without soaking it and drop the much cooler dough into it when it is hot without breaking it. I’ll try that the next time.


Brushing off the Dirt

What do you after you had a fall? When you are lying there with grit in your mouth, your glasses askew and a burning pain on the palm off your right hand? You catch your breath, you look ahead, your attention drawn to the new perspective you have lying there on the ground. You can see a red frisbee under the shrub, that your kids must have left there last summer.

You take another brief moment and then you do what you have to. You push yourself up, put weight on your feet and rise slowly. You notice that your pants have a tear on your right knee, there is dirt on your shirt and your hand is bleeding. You straighten your glasses and slowly start walking. There is a twinge in your knee, but it holds. You take another step, gaining a bit of confidence that even though the fall frightened you, you are basically ok. You turn around, trying to figure out what caused you to trip. You notice that the brick path has become quite uneven and you must have caught your foot on a loose stone. No matter, you turn around, continue on your way, promising yourself to be more careful in the future.


This where I am in my life right now. In April this year I realized that my marriage of almost 20 years was over. That no amount of effort I put in was able to fix it. I had to do the right thing, take my kids and move out.

I have started my new life now and while there is still some pain and difficulties I enjoy being in charge of it. I want to teach my children that it is important and worthwhile to fight for what you believe in.


Tiny Homes


Last night I watched a documentary called ” Tiny: A Story About living Small”. Lately I have been thinking a lot about living space. No wonder. For over 13 years I lived in a house with more than 3,000 square feet on a half acre lot. In July I moved into a 1,200 square feet townhouse with neighbours all around. They can see me, I can see them.

I used to call my townhouse tiny, but after watching the documentary, I have to say, it is just small. To my own surprise I really like it. It is cozy, it is bright. I enjoy making it my own, making it work. As I am typing this, I am sitting in my walk-in closet. It is actually a walk-through closet, separating the bedroom from the bathroom. My clothes fit all into one side of the closet and for the other side I bought a small table and sat up an office. It works really well for me. When I lean back I can even see out of the window – at my neighbours.

When we bought our house in 2001 we spent all our money on it. There was no extra to buy more furniture. That was a bit of a problem, because the house came with extra space we had no furniture for: a formal dining and living room. Later we filled the house with the appropriate furniture, but we never much used the space. Our bedroom was also overly large. I saw other people with large bedrooms bought extra seating for it, but I could not imagine I would use that. That extra space always annoyed me, because I would have loved for my daughters to have had larger bedrooms instead.

In March I spent a few days in a tiny cabin all by myself ( see photo). There was no wasted space and it had all you needed. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It got me thinking. Could I live in such a small space? What would I do with my stuff?

A few months later I found myself house hunting and I suddenly needed answers to these questions.

As I mentioned before I really like living in a small house. Of course, it looks messy quite quickly and there is the odd shuffle when I am doing laundry in the upstairs “laundry closet” and somebody wants to walk by, but all in all it works. I was very careful choosing practical places for things and you could argue, that the stuff that is still in boxes in the basement/ garage I will never need.

However there is one problem. There are boxes and boxes filled with fabrics, yarn and other supplies. I don’t have room for it. Do I need it? Not to survive, no, but working with it makes me happy. I miss it. So I guess, if I lived in a tiny home, I probably needed 2: one to live in and one as my studio.

As for now I have plans to build a room in the basement/ garage. Because in order to be happy I need to make things. Wish me luck. I feel confident I can make it work.

Sunnyside Cowl

New Pattern: Sunnyside Cowl

I have designed this pattern for my daughter who loves to wear it. If you know teenagers, this is a big compliment. She picked the colours, of course. The stitch pattern is Half-Patent, which is very easy to knit and produces a very stretchy and warm fabric.

The yarn I have used is a very soft Merino Silk blend in Dk weight. It is a single-ply yarn.

You can get the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Baby Kimono

Baby Outfit

A friend of mine is having a baby and I wanted to make something special for her. It has been a long time since I made something for a baby and I had a lot of fun looking for different patterns on Ravelry. I picked this pattern, because it is easy to put on. There are no buttons in the way when the baby is lying on his or her tummy. I like that it has no collar and it is a pretty design for a boy.

I took so long to make up my mind, that I almost ran out of time. The baby is due in 2 weeks. I knit fast, but I don’t have much time for it, so I decided to make it my top priority. After my surgery almost 4 years ago I still have difficulties with my arm especially when knitting for more than half an hour, but when I knit in a chair with an armrest it is much better. While I knit I watched season 4 of Downton Abbey and after that The Paradise on Netflix. I quite enjoyed it.

The yarn is a DK weight 100% Superwash Merino that I have dyed in a deep indigo blue. The intarsia pattern is a Japenese quilt pattern called “Parent and Child”, so I wanted the yarn to have the colour of traditionally dyed indigo fabric. The yarn knit up beautifully and is very soft. It actually feels like cotton.

The cardigan would have looked nice with square white buttons, but I think round buttons are easier to fasten on a squirming baby. There is also a matching hat and booties.

Baby HatThe pattern is from OGE Knitwear designs and is called Baby Kimono Top. You can find it on Ravelry.