Baking Bread again

This morning I decided to make a loaf of GF soda bread. I found the recipe on a Thermomix website (details are at the bottom of my blog). I have been trying to make a sourdough starter which has been a disaster so I tried this one this morning. It has a different taste but I popped some butter and jam on it and it was lovely.

Gluten free Soda Bread

Dry ingredients

230 g brown rice
100 g dried chickpeas
100 g arrowroot or tapioca starch
2 tsp baking soda
3.5 tsp GF baking powder
2 tsp celtic sea salt
2 tsp xanthan gum

Wet ingredients

310 g whole milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 large eggs
80 g rice bran oil
40 g maple syrup (real)

Pre heat oven to 190ºC or 180ºC fan forced.
Line heavy bread tin 26.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm with baking paper.
Place rice and chickpeas into TM bowl and mill for 1 min on speed 9. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix for 6 seconds on speed 6.
Add wet ingredients and mix for a maximum of 15 seconds on speed 6.
Transfer the thick batter to lined bread tin, spread it out evenly with a spatula, then bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a skewer remains clean after insertion in the loaf. Immediately remove loaf from bread tin and baking paper. Wrap in a clean tea towel then leave in an upright position to cool on a rack. The loaf can be sliced up with an electric bread knife, frozen whole (preferably in a large ziplock bag to minimize ice crystals) then individual slices removed from the loaf and thawed as required.

Failsafe version
Use white sugar
Milk can be soy, rice or A2
substitute vinegar for citric ‘lemon’ juice (use 2 tsp of 1/3 tsp citric acid dissolved in 2 Tbsp warm water)
oil e.g. rice bran oil or sunflower (Crisco) which don’t contain unlisted antioxidants

This recipe is from The Recipe Community a Thermomix website. It has the name of the lady who posted on the site also.


Let me know if you what you think if you try it.

Sam xxx

The Dreamers Market wrap up

Where is the time going? This morning is the first morning I don’t have to organise my boys out the door before 9am for soccer. Everyone is still in bed at 8am enjoying a sleep in, all but me (of course).

I’ve know I have been MIA between posts this was because I was busy getting everything made for The Dreamers Market that Robyn @ Arjay Creations and I attend on the 9 August.

I left home at 6.30am to pick up Robyn and pack all her goodies into my car and headed off at 7am to be at our destination before 8am. We like to get there early so we can get the good parking spot. The markets opened at 9.30am and finished at 2.30pm. We caught up with our market friends and our regular customers popped in to say hi and spend some money with us.

This was my little corner


This was Robyn’s little corner


These photos are from Robyn’s blog pop over and see what she has been sharing.

We both had a good day and bought less home which is great but know we both need to getting making again for the next market.

Mark your diaries now the next market is around the corner (both Robyn and I have reapplied to attend but we need to wait till Sept to find out if our applications have been accepted)


Also I’m spending time over on Instagram, you can find me @ sammyjaneclarke
somedays I find this quicker and easier to stay in touch.

Today I’m making some GF sourdough bread so I will update you all how this goes next time.

Take care
Sam xxxx


A few weeks ago Robyn Arjay Creations and I went and spent the day learning how to crochet. We went to a class at Kim Bradley Creations and the amazing Cath was our teacher.


Some of the items that everyone completed on the day.


I have been teaching myself by watching youtube which is a life saver. You can stop and replay when I get it wrong.

So this week I made a small blanket for one of my children who is a fan of the Western Sydney Wanders which is a soccer team.


My next crochet project is to make myself a shawl. It’s called Nordic Shawl.


I think it will take a while to complete this project.

Sam xxx

A Winters Day

Below are some photo’s I’ve just taken on a walk about of our home.

This is hanging on our front door. The lovely Robyn from Arjay Creations made this for me.


These two cats have been dumped and arrived at our front door. The black one is wild so he won’t let us pat him, the other one we have called Toby loves a cuddle and looks after the black one.

I was given some comfrey shoots from Rhonda at Down to Earth. It’s died back for the winter.


Some herbs just making it through the winter


Cauliflower anyone?


Cabbage is just surviving from the bugs.



It looks like I need to pick some peas.


Passion fruit is still hanging on

I’m growing to plant strawberries here

Next season I’m going to try a new idea instead of soil. I’ve been reading about it at Back to Eden

This guy watches over everything.


Camden Country Quit Fair

Today I’m reposting a blog post from Robyn (my crazy crafting partner Arjay Creations. Yesterday we went to visit Camden to there beautiful Country Quilt Fair.


Here is the link to today’s post Sewing the Seasons.

I took my photos on my phone and don’t know how to get them onto my iPad hence sharing Robyn’s.

Here is a few things I picked up


Sam xxx

Ok I get the hint!

I’m not going to say it…..I’m sorry for taking so long between posts ok I’ve said it. I may of lost a few of you along the way but I’ve had to to take some time (again) and refocus myself.

Over the past few weeks and months I’ve been trying to keep my head above water in many areas of my life. Some who know me may be scratching there heads wonder what is she talking about – I see Sam every Sunday at church standing beside Pete supporting him in his role as our Senior Pastor she looks so happy. Please don’t get me wrong I love the call on our lives, it’s that sometimes it’s hard when you can’t control all the other stuff in it.

On Sunday it all came to a head. Ps Nic’s word spoke deep in my heart. Here is the link to his sermon “Silence – Is God really there?” I realized that I have to STOP and listen in the silence of my day to God for his direction. At times I thought that He isn’t listening to my cries for help but no it’s ME that isn’t listening in the silence to what he is trying to make me hear.


I came home from church had some lunch then wasn’t feeling 100% went and a sleep and it all went down hill fast. Monday I woke so sick that as I type this haven’t been able to return to work yet. I’m hoping to go back tomorrow. But through this week I have had time to rest and listen to God. Pete also stayed home yesterday as he was sick also. He was so bored worse than the kids.

So what has God been trying to get me to understand? For me and what he has called our family to do, I need to slow down, declutter my life and my home, go back to the basics, remove toxins from our home, spend quality time with my boys, take back control of my health and enjoy life, enjoy my little craft business Four Red Hens Robyn and I have had some God moments with complete strangers during the past year. It’s something dear to us both and something I know I have to be more organized in doing. These are the next markets we are at.


I know I listed slow down but God has clearly told me to be able to do this I must first (with his strength) take control back my health and all the others will fall into place. Im trying not to laugh to loud because my health this week with this flu has been crazy, compounded worse with being diagnosed with Fibromalagia all my joints have been swollen and sore and to top it off I’m on medication for high blood pressure well on Wednesday night blacked out because my blood pressure was way to low. Go figure that one out.

Ok God I can take the hint! He has reminded me that I’m created in his image so I must take care of my body so I can do what he has called me to do.


Are you listening to HIM?

Love Sam


Well here she is. Why “she” it all starts with the mother Scoby and the longer you care for it she will have babies.

That’s the SCOBY floating around.

I started yesterday getting the tea mix prepared and this morning pop the Scoby in, now fingers crossed in a weeks time she will be all ready for drinking.

What is Kombucha? Kombucha has been drunk for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that Kombucha was brought to the west. Renowned for it’s detoxifying, probiotic rich, immune building, anxiety bashing, energy lifting, liver loving effects, it has quickly grown in popularity.

I have adapted the recipe in “From Scratch cookbook” by Shaye Elliott, she has a website called The Elliott Homestead.

So here is what I’ve done.

You need;
4 bags of organic black tea
1 cup of sugar (don’t worry the sugar is consumed by the yeast in the fermentation process)
3.8litres of filtered water

So here goes
1. Heat up the water to just below boiling. (I boiled mind for a few minutes as I didn’t use filtered water). Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. Then add the tea bags. Cover, remove from the heat, and let cool over night at room temperature. If you make first thing in the morning just let it cool all day.

2. After the tea mixture has completely cooled, remove the tea bags, pour the liquid in to either a food grade bucket or a large glass jar/bottle.

3. Add the SCOBY, cover the bucket or bottle and tuck it away somewhere for a week. After a week do a taste test and when it’s done to your liking then proceed with the bottling.

4. Remove the SCOBY. Store the SCOBY in a jar and fill with 1 cup of the Kombucha tea. This will feed it until you are ready to use again.

5. Pour the fermented Kombucha into reusable glass bottles and screw the lids on. You can add a small amount of juice for flavor if you like.

6. Let the filled bottles sit on the kitchen bench for 2-3 more days which will allow for a second fermentation. After that move the bottle to the fridge and drink as you please.

So that’s it nice and easy.

If you are local to me and would like to make this but need a SCOBY just email me and I will organise to get you a SCOBY once I have some spare ones.

Until next time

Sam xxxx