Thursday, 13 December 2012

Update - And More Bread

I have been asked by a friend to republish my list of 40 challenges, with the ones that I have completed crossed off. So here you go. As you can see, there are about eleven left to go. Some of these are booked, some are ongoing, some are tantalisingly close to being finished, and at least two are looking pretty hopeless at this stage. But I am spending every spare moment obsessing about them at least.

1. Climb Snowdon (by train is allowed)
2. Learn some BSL.
3. Translate at least one chapter of a book from German to English.
4. Perfect (= be able to bash out) a Beethoven piano sonata.
5. Grow something new.
6. Drink cocktails in a glamorous dress and non-clumpy shoes.
7. Eat lobster.
8. Eat at a 2-Michelin star restaurant.
9. Do pilates every day.
10. Do something for charity.
11. Eat something differently coloured for breakfast every day of the week (for a week).
12. Get our attic fixed.
13. Learn enough about something in York to be able to give a guided tour of it.
14. Snog on the back row of the cinema...
15. Learn something crafty, e.g. knitting/quilting/ oil painting.
16. Write a short story.
17. Keep a challenge blog.
18. Have a crazy hair cut/colour.
19. Visit Clifford’s Tower.
20. Solve a moderate level Sudoku.
21. Attend a live sporting event.
22. Read a novel by Dickens.
23. Get in the Deal Or No Deal audience (= to be a pilgrim).
24. Attend a cookery course.
25. Visit somewhere German-speaking.
26. Visit an island.
27. Visit both Clapham Junction stations.
28. Swim (BATHE) in a natural body of water. (Skinny dipping optional.)
29. Make jam or marmalade.
30. Take Charlotte to an aquarium.
31. Take Charlotte on the North York Moors railway. (= Changed for make and ice Charlotte a birthday cake)
32. Swim 40 lengths of Energise pool (can be in more than one session!).
33. Build a piece of IKEA furniture all by myself.
34. Bake 40 loaves of bread in a year (not all of them in a bread maker).
35. Go on the Settle-Carlisle railway.
36. Spend a day as a yummy mummy (=yummy family) in Crouch End.
37. Take Charlotte to see both her parents’ home towns.
38. Take Charlotte to see the Queen and/or the Olympic torch.
39. Learn to count to 100 in Welsh (and three swear words).
40. Make a Christmas box for a needy child.

And here are some more contributions towards Challenge Number 34:

Loaf 22

Loaf 23: Spelt and honey loaf (the recipe book says the loaf is meant to be sunken in the middle)

Loaf 24: What happens when you use a packet of yeast that has been open too long. An inedible brick.
In the background you can see jars of my green tomato chutney, made with my home-grown tomatoes.
It's still maturing.I haven't dared try it yet.

Loaf 25

Loaf 26

Loaf 27: Chocolate and Banana Bread again

Loaf 28

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