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Bread and Beer

It’s been a lovely Christmas Eve. My pleasures are simple, a little like the food here.  Our food culture, in Northern Europe, is founded on bread and beer.  And today I got to drink my favourite beer again and it’s … Continue reading

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Why Would Anyone Be a Baker?

When I started making Our Daily Bread, a couple of years ago now, I had thought of using the blues as a metaphor for baking – bread has three essential ingredients (flour, water, salt – and the natural yeasts found … Continue reading

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Apple and Green Tomato Chutney

One of my favourite old Sussex terms is ‘brencheese friend.’  A brencheese or ‘bread and cheese friend’ is a friend who’ll stick with you whether you feed him a feast or share with him your simplest provisions.  Likewise a true … Continue reading

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Companionship. Our Daily Bread – Episode 5

Choosing a favourite episode is a little like choosing amongst one’s children.  One doesn’t want to have favourites.  However if I was pressed I think the one that is just a little more rosy cheeked than the others is ‘Companionship’. I listen to … Continue reading

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The Bread of Nations. Our Daily Bread – Episode 4

Welcome to thirteen and a half minutes of pure self indulgence.  Don’t get me wrong.  So much came out of my travels around Europe that there’s hardly room to draw breath.  Nope, it’s just that it simply doesn’t count as … Continue reading

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The Bread of Life. Our Daily Bread – Episode 3

Let me tell you something: I had no idea how busy bishops are.  Of course it’s no surprise that they have a lot on but they are tyrannised by their diaries.  They’re booked up six months ahead. So there was … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread (Live, Love, Larf & Loaf)

It’s almost here.  Our Daily Bread runs next week on BBC Radio 4 at 1.45pm, just after the World at One. The programme has been almost two years in the making. It was originally commissioned at the end of June … Continue reading

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Hot From The Oven

One of the things that led me to make ‘Our Daily Bread’ was a phone conversation with a baker.  It was thirteen or fourteen years ago now.  I was working at the BBC in Oxford and the title of ‘baker … Continue reading

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Bread, Church and History: Krakow

This is a long overdue post.  Back in September I visited Radzionków outside Katowice in southern Poland to record part of a programme for Our Daily Bread as the radio series is tentatively titled. The contrast between Katowice and Krakow … Continue reading

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Czarny Chleb i Czarna Kawa

(Black Bread and Black Coffee) It’s been an exhilarating two or three weeks with three excursions to different parts of Europe in search of the stories that bread has to tell. After Cologne my next stop was southern Poland.  I … Continue reading

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