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Planet Leicester News – 1st Edition Launched!

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Planet Leicester News

Planet Leicester Bakers is proud to share the first edition of its newsletter, Planet Leicester News!

It is hoped that the newsletter will be published twice yearly, giving the many Planet Leicester Bakers, our customers and supporters, an opportunity to keep up to date with everything we’ve been up to!

This first edition includes some sourdough history from guest contributor Concepta Cassar, a competition with a fabulous prize from Bread Angels founder Jane Mason, and lots of news from the past year of Planet Leicester Bakers.

Download the PDF of the first edition by clicking on the image.This digital version includes a 5th page for the note that goes with the recipe.

Do drop us a line to let us know what you think!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sourdough September: Time for Sourdough Toast & Tea Together!

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It’s that sourdough time of year again! September sees the annual celebration of the purest leavened bread. One that contains just 3 simple ingredients as a base: flour, water, salt. As a supporter of the Real Bread Campaign, this year Planet Leicester Bakers is promoting ‘Sourdough Toast and Tea Together Events’ for community groups and charities. Read all about it in the info-graphic below, which you can download HERE.  It’s an opportunity to get together with others and chat about our food and our bread – the stuff of life!  Some simple information is on offer to get the conversations going!

We are talking about REAL Sourdough – not the stuff you find with a ‘sourdough’ label in many shops and supermarkets. It is made slowly over at least 24 hours from wild Leicester yeast – Starter Bob – who is 2.5 years old and counting.  If you have a keen bread baker in your group they can go for option 2, or you can arrange greatly reduced price 400g toasting loaves from Planet Leicester Bakers.  Lots of ways to get in touch – so drop me a line!

Michelle2 Infographic for Sourdough Sept 2016

Promoting Togetherness with a ‘Loaf of Love’

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In these troubled times, is there someone near you who is maybe feeling a little less safe just now?  Small actions of togetherness can mean a lot.

” Feeling powerless last Monday, so did what I can do – baked a ‘Loaf of Love’ for our Polish neighours. They are worried, so are we. My partner and I said when we popped by with our offering that we are horrified by what is happening in the country. I cried. Their little girls liked the heart. #‎Togetherness‬ 

Loaf of Love

PS: They’ve said it was delicious!

Michelle

The EU Referendum Result, Togetherness and the Business of Bread

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Planet Leicester Bakers has been created and carefully nurtured with very clear aims and principles.  At the very core of the business is a desire to use and exploit a common, much loved food stuff, to bring people together.  People from differing communities of common interest, not just those identified by ethnic or religious characteristics.  To build strength, mutual support, togetherness and understanding.

Exploiting bread to bring communities together

Exploiting bread to bring communities together

Along the way it is an opportunity to raise awareness of modern food production, to encourage people to question the food choices they make, and to empower people to take more control over their food and therefore their health and wellbeing; food really is the most basic stuff of life.

Not only that. For me, and therefore my very small business, to be truly part of a wide, diverse community demands building understanding and working together. It’s a no-brainer.  Whether that is at local, national, European or global level. And by doing so you reap benefits for yourself and others. Read More

Footy and Bread: Bringing the City Together

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Wild - The wild yeast, named 'Claudio', built from fine Italian flour

We’re Backing the Blues next Friday 29th April!  It’s a day for the whole city, and county, to get behind the Leicester City football team as we reach the climax of an amazing Premiership season.  Will they do it?  Who knows!  But the tension is mounting and the Leicester Mercury is promoting a day of support and appreciation for Signor Ranieri’s team.  So what is Planet Leicester Bakers doing? Read More

Local honey in local bread for local people

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People who’ve worked with me  over the years probably know how much I value a bit of collaboration.  There is so much to be gained from teaming up in any way possible, big or small, with like-minded folk who share your ambitions.  And especially those working in different areas with different skills who make you look at things a little, well, differently.

Local honey from Leicestershire/Derbyshire border country.

Local honey from Leicestershire/ Derbyshire border country.

So I’m delighted to have met with The Bee Farmer, David McDowell, based up on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border country around Ashby de la Zouch.  Read More

Nothing ‘faux’ about School of Artisan Food

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I spent part of my childhood in Nottingham, but had never heard of the Welbeck Estate, and certainly not the more recently established School of Artisan Food, until I started on this bready journey.  I can now firmly say it’s a corker of a place – and if you ever have the chance to try one of their courses, on last week’s evidence I’d say ‘Do!’ – it’s the real deal.

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2016: A Happy, Bready, Tasty New Year!

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So much happened for Planet Leicester Bakers in 2015 that it’s hard to imagine 2016 being even better – but it will be!

Looking back, 2015 was the first full calendar year for the start-up, with tremendously exciting developments.  Securing a place on the Lloyds Bank Programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs was a major achievement. Coupled with the launch of the flagship ‘Sharing Bread’ community project it made for busy times.

Sharing Bread has been wonderful.  Every group has embraced the sessions with laughter.  We now have over 50 Silver Star Planet Leicester Bakers and 7 Gold Stars from all corners of Leicestershire.

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