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#bakeforfreedom Thursday 24th July

July 24th, 2014

FFTlogoToday we’re making a special fund-raising loaf and selling it to raise money for Freedom from Torture as part of their Bake For Freedom week.

Here’s what Freedom from Torture do: Each day, staff and volunteers work with survivors of torture in centres in Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Newcastle to help them begin to rebuild their lives. Sharing this expertise with partner organisations in the UK and internationally, Freedom from Torture operates as a centre of learning and knowledge in the care, treatment and protection of torture survivors.

We’ll be baking a lavash flatbread, adapted from a recipe by one of the participants of their London bread baking group. Please pop down and try a flat bread today, and donate what you can to this very worthwhile charity. Loaf will match your donations and pass them onto Freedom from Torture!


July 21st, 2014

It’s the start of the school holidays, which means we have NO idea what will happen.
The shop might be quieter than usual.  Perhaps the opposite.  Lunches could fly, bread sales could slow.  It might be too hot for bread or too cold for salads.  I spend a lot of time wondering about these things.
In any case, we plan lunch as usual.  By wondering what is delicious, that people might want for lunch.
So this week there will be this:


Also on offer, stuffed croissants! Depending on what day…either Ham and Cheddar, Salami and Cheese or Stilton, Walnut and Honey (my favourite)

See you soon!


Brush up on your cooking this summer…

July 16th, 2014

We have a few places available on some great cookery courses running this summer so why not use the opportunity to brush up on some useful kitchen skills, whether it be cooking meat, filleting fish, preserving your garden and allotment produce, or learning to forage for free food. Here’s what we’ve got with availability between now and early September:

Kitchen Essentials: Cooking Meat – 23rd July, 7-9pm.

Visiting chef Dom Clarke teaches you how to make the best of good quality meat. Poach chicken breast, make chicken adobo, and learn how to make pork chop Ssam.

Seafood One: Fish – 13th August, 6.30-9.30pm. (Sold out 2 hours after posting this blog, sorry!)

Visiting chef Lap-Fai Lee teaches you all his fishy skills, including preparation and cooking of round and flat fish in both western and asian styles. Cook and eat grilled mackerel, roasted bream or bass, thai fish soup, gridlled prawns, deep fried sole goujons, and steamed turbot.

In a Pickle: Basic Preserving – 20th August, 6.30-9.30pm.

Visiting preserving expert Rachel Carter of Cuffufle Preserves, teaches you how to fins success making jams, jellys, cordials, mustards, relishes, and other preserves. Take home the bounty!

Butchery: Perfect Poultry – 2nd September, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Local organic butcher Steve Rossiter takes you through an enlightening night learning how to properly butcher poultry birds including chicken and poussin. Cook and eat  chorizo-stuffed chicken breast wrapped in streaky bacon, chicken tagine, perfect chicken stock, griddled poussin with lemon and garlic, and chicken liver salad.

Forage and Cook - 3rd September, 6.30-9.30pm

Tom Baker takes you on a fun and educational foraging walk around the local area where you can expect to identify up to about 20 edible wild plants. Return to the cookery school to cook up a delicious wild feast using ingredients you have foraged.

Seafood Two: Shellfish. Photo www.jane-baker.comForage & Cook Course with Tom Baker at Loaf. Photo: Jane BakerpreservesSteve Rossiter

Lunches this week

July 14th, 2014

As we’re set for another good weather week, we’re sticking with a trio of salads on Thursday, perfect for enjoying as a picnic in one of our local green spaces – Hazelwell or Cotteridge Park. We’re also moving pizza to Wednesday again to make room for the popular filled baguettes. Here’s the full line-up…

Tuesday 15th July: Tarka Daal with sourdough.

Wednesday 16th: Stoneground Sourdough Pizza! Roasted squash, kale, and Stilton, or chilli beef and mozarella.

Thursday 17th: Trio of Salads with real bread: Vinegar slaw, Grandma’s tomatoes, and buckwheat salad.

Friday 18th: Filled baguettes! Humous, roasted veg and harissa yoghurt sauce, or smoked mack, pickled radish and rocket.



Luncheon this week…

June 30th, 2014

Tuesday 1st July – Tarka daal with sourdough

Wednesday 2nd July – Leek and stilton fritatta with focaccia.

Thursday 3rd July – Trio of salads with humous or feta

Friday 4th July – Stone-baked sourdough pizza! Lamb chorizo with mozzarella or roasted vegetable and Stilton.


June 23rd, 2014


Lunch this week is looking mighty fine.
We are having PIZZA WEDNESDAY.  Lots of reasons, but also – WHO NEEDS A REASON?! For the people that can’t make Friday – maybe you can make Wednesday?  Freshly baked, filled baguettes will be on offer instead on Friday.  Treats all round.



See you for lunch!


Sarah x


PS> Yes you can spell ‘Houmous’ like that.  It is my preferred way of spelling that word.  Each to their own.  (But the ones who wrote ‘Hummus’….definitely incorrect.



Lunches in the bakery this week

June 9th, 2014

We’re bringing back the roast beef sandwiches this week, check them out on Thursday day with stilton, walnut and honey croissants for the veggies.

Tuesday 10th June:        Tarka daal with sourdough.

Wednesday 11th June:   Roast beef, rocket and horseradish on sourdough. Or, Stilton, walnut and honey croissant.

Thursday 12th June:      Spring green cous cous salad with feta and focaccia

Friday 13th June:           Stonebaked sourdough pizza! Lamb chorizo and mozzarella, or roasted squash, red onion and stilton.

We’re open from 12 noon, serving lunches until about 3pm or until they sell out. We also do loose leaf tea, filter coffee, and cold drinks. See you soon!


Eat My Shorts – Film night in the bakery this Thursday!

June 9th, 2014


We’re proud to be teaming up with Stirchley Happenings to present a programme of short films in the Bakery, from 8pm on Thursday 12th June.

Tickets cost £10/£8, and will include a selection of filmic food from the Loaf kitchen, so it’ll be a good idea to come with an empty stomach. The shorts will culminate with Charlie Chaplin’s ever-hungry Little Tramp in ‘The Immigrant’, via archive Brummie footage, a singing fish, and a talking ham sandwich, with drinks available at the event courtesy of the ever-brilliant Stirchley Wines.

Tickets are on sale here.

Meet the Producer event at Loaf, Sat 21st June, 5pm.

May 29th, 2014

We’re really pleased to be hosting a ‘meet the producer’ event here at Loaf on Saturday the 21st June at 5pm. We’ll be welcoming representatives from Terra CSA from Spain. Terra CSA is a ‘beyond organic’ multi-farm project in Catalunya, Spain, building soil through permaculture, holistic management and regenerative agriculture techniques. Producing extra virgin olive oil, almonds, and wine, and selling direct to cropsharers in the UK. It has been spearheaded by Dan and Johanna  McTiernan who founded the Handmade Bakery in Yorkshire, from whom we’ve nicked most of our good ideas over the years! See the flyer below and come and taste their almonds, olives, and red wine for free!

Terra CSA event

Seasonal Cookery Courses for Summer!

May 28th, 2014

With the weather slowly improving (I think) we have some wonderful courses coming up, taking advantage of ingredients we have missed in the winter.

Crab clawsWe are really excited about our Seafood Two: Shellfish course, which is coming up on 1st July. Shellfish comes into season in the early summer and our tutor Lap-fai Lee (now in the kitchen at Peel & Stone) will show you how to select the freshest produce and how to transform it into a delicious feast. Shellfish can appear intimidating to cook but as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t get more tasty. Lap’s expertise will guide you through the trickier aspects of shellfish prep like dealing with crab and lobster but you will also learn how to cook simpler dishes with razor clams, how to shuck oysters and perfectly grill squid. You’ll be able to impress your friends and family at home with your new skills. You’ll do a lot of eating on the night too, it isn’t all hard work! Places cost £75 per person and the course runs from 6.30 – 9.30pm. We also run a Fish course if you want to cover the whole Seafood spectrum! Places are available on that course on 17th June and 13th August.