Bread diary no. 12 – Spelt rolls

One of my colleagues at work is intolerant to gluten and made a request for bread she can eat.

As luck would have it I was given some spelt flour for Christmas that I was keen to try.

I don’t like to be too hard on myself however so I went for 60% spelt and 40% strong white flour. I was a tiny bit worried about how well it would rise so added a bit more yeast and slightly less salt.

It was a tricky dough to work with with hardly any gluten in but I coaxed it into a decent shape eventually.

Coming out the oven they smelt really nice. Eating didn’t disappoint either. The texture was a bit grainy but the taste was nice and went well with blue cheese and the soup we had for our tea.

2010 Annual Report

This is a quick round-up of some of the things that i’ve managed to record during 2010.

I took 2594 pictures in the year of which I uploaded 430 to Flickr. This is approximately half the amount that I took in 2009.

I saw 17 films at the cinema this year, 9 less than last year but this is fairly expected as I hardly went out after the birth of my second daughter on 30th Sept 2010.

Of the films that I saw, most of them were pretty good and only one (The Brothers Bloom) that i regretted seeing at all. My top three were:

1. A Prophet
2. Inception
3. Cemetery Junction

I started 21 books in 2010 with only one ‘did not finish’ and one still reading. The ‘acclaimed’ Wolf Hall was the only one I failed to finish, mainly because I found it a poorly told story. 7 of the 21 were proper history books, 1 an autobiography and the rest novels. My top 3 were:

1. The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking by Simon Singh
2. Russia vs Napoleon by Dominic Leiven
3. Redemption Ark by Alistair reynolds

Not a stellar year for reading in many ways with only the ‘history of codes and codebraking’ being outstanding. I’ve been reading ‘War and Peace’ since June and at the turn of the year still have the last 1/4 to complete. Though a great book it is intimidatingly long and a bit of a mill stone around my neck and I’m afraid i will feel glad to finish it.

No running, no swimming and an unrecorded amount of cycling. Not a great record on this front i’m afraid. Between January and September I cycled almost every week between 1 and 3 times a week (to work and back).

2010 blog in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 85 posts. There were 2 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 107kb.

The busiest day of the year was January 4th with 97 views. The most popular post that day was Tips for a ‘One photo a day’ project.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for photo a day project, battersea power station, picture a day project, jason webber, and beaune france.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Tips for a ‘One photo a day’ project October 2008


Battersea Power Station Open Day 2008 July 2008


About June 2008


Shorne Woods Country Park, Kent February 2010


Project 366 – finished December 2008