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  1. Author: Magdalena Marsden

    Wales Fix


    Over the last 17 years I've become very fond of Wales. It's not just because I like walking and the countryside and my brother in-law lives there, but because it reminds me of home. This might seem strange, as I'm from a landlocked country (Czech Republic) and we have no sea, but the type of countryside, not too many main roads and perhaps a simpler way of living is exactly why in my heart Wales is like a home to me.


    We always go on holiday to Wales, to walk, to clear our heads, eat good food and meet great people. Over the years we met some fabulous people - the reclusive artist that escaped from London to hide in the Welsh borders to create, the music studio owner, who was given the task to record with a certain very famous young pop group, because his studio is the highest and most remote in the whole UK and apparently it's really difficult to sneak out to buy drugs (I kid you not!) and an English film producer that spends most of his time working on films in the renowned Barandov Film Studios in Prague.


    I'm getting slightly side tracked here, but this is just to give you an idea why I'm so fond of Wales.

    Anyway, last year I was lucky enough to spend a day milling my own flour in Talgarth Mill. I've written about my experience in one of my previous posts, if you want to read it. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it with other budding bread bakers, so this year after 4 years of running bread baking workshops and after being nudged by my lovely students, I'm taking my bread baking on holiday!


    Well, a sort of very special bread baking holiday - 5 day Bread Baking Course, 14 - 19 March 2015 - held in the beautiful setting of an old Victorian house with a kitchen the size of my house and no less than 6 Aga ovens! And we will be only 40 minutes away from Talgarth Mill, so the Milling Experience, together with baking bread in a wood fired oven will be part of the holiday. On top of that we are going to cover everything there is about bread baking - the basic techniques, recipes and what to do when things go wrong. I wanted the course to be suitable for all abilities, so if you are more advanced, there will be other techniques that you can practice. The best thing, is that even though the house is absolutely huge (and comfortable) we will only have a small group of 8 bakers, which, I think, will make everything more personal and everyone will have plenty of space to practice their own bread baking, relax with a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire or just read a book in a privacy of your own room. And if your friend or partner fancies coming along with you, just for a break, they are welcome too. As most of the rooms are either twin or a large double, we have spaces for 'non- bakers' - friends who are welcome to join us for all the meals, but do as they please during day. There is plenty to explore nearby and Cardiff is only 30 minutes away.


    I also thought (you can tell I've been doing a lot of thinking, can't  you....) that it might be nice to do something different in the evening. So, we will have a topical talk & tasting of local cheeses, healthy eating talk from a nutricionist Claire Stone (who is not your traditional type of nutricionist and definitelly knows her stuff) and chocolate mini workshop are prepared for everyone staying with us.

    I'm really looking forward to taking my bread baking workshops on the tour and you are welcome to join us too.

    Happy Baking!


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