Bagel Day

Anyone who knows me, knows I can’t follow a recipe. So when I’m asked “can I have a copy of the recipe?” I never know what to say. I read recipes, I just can’t follow them. Sometimes it’s because I don’t have all the ingredients or equipment, sometimes it’s because I think I know better, mostly it’s because I’m lazy and can always find a short cut. But the Bagel is a different beast, I did throw the dough recipe out the window and use my standard bread one, but I found it hard to cut corners with the method until it came to forming the rings. I just could not be bothered making perfect little O’s, so they came out a little “rustic”. 

So here is my take on the bagel. 

4 cups of bread flour, Pinch of salt and a good glug of olive oil. One sachet of yeast activated in some warm water with a pinch of sugar, and then mix all ingredients together with enough warm water to form a soft but not sticky dough. Knead for ten minutes (or three songs on the radio) until smooth and stretchy. Let rise for an hour or two. Then punch out the air and knead again for a minute or so. Divide into twelve portions and roll into, in my case, not so neat balls. Poke your finger through the middle and twirl it round to form the hole. Place on a oiled baking tray to rise. Whilst they are having their second rise, bring a big pot of water with a table spoon each of bicarb and sugar to the boil. Carefully place the bagels in the rapidly boiling water for a minute and a half on each side. Drain. Dip in milk then top as desired. I rolled half in sesame seeds and the others had jam poked into them. Bake on the greased tray for 20mins. Easy, right?



Happy Birthday to Us!

We almost forgot, well, actually, we did forget. We knew it was coming and then we miss calculated and missed the “official” 1st birthday, so we are going ahead with celebrating over the Easter Long Weekend.

As part of this belated celebration we are giving all our Instagram followers the chance to win a prize pack chock full of all our favourite Yardsale goodies (valued at $250!!!). All you need do is pop over to Instagram, follow us at @yardsaletradingco, regram the picture below on your feed and mention #yardsale1stbirthday and @yardsaletradingco in the comment. We will draw a winner at random on 21st of April… so like share and win away! Bon Chance!




So Close To Home


You sometimes forget to make the most of where you are. Lately i’ve been cursing the fact that we live in such an industrial city, especially when the shunting coal trains wake me at 3am. But this week we were reminded just how beautiful this area can be.

Autumn has come and so has the rain. The recent wet weather and warm temperatures made our recent trip to the Watagan National Park all the more spectacular. We started our little hike late in the afternoon and were struck with the immediate “coolth” that enveloped us once we penetrated the canopy.  The rainforest  was dipping and verdant, the path shrouded in a think layer of humous, fungi bursting out of the decaying timbers and of course and the leeches were stretching out with all their might to latch onto us as we passed. The track winds its way through the forest and under a sandstone overhang tricking with water before plunging down to the base of the falls. It was a slippery decent at times and we were starting to question the tracks “easy” rating, but the cool spray hitting you in the face as the waterfall toppled over the cliffs into the cool pools below made it more than worth it (now for the climb back out!). Hard to believe this piece of paradise is only 45mins drive from the centre of our city.

Breakfast is a Good Thing



They say that it’s the most important meal of the day, but I have never been a fan of cereal for breakfast, but this Granola with Natural Yogurt, Honey and Poached Starfruit has helped to change my mind. I recently tried this wonderful morning combo at Kitchen by Mike, and I think I’m going to try and recreate this at home using the Urban Hum Honey we stock. I really think the presentation helped to win me over (I love that canteen vibe) so I’ll probably take home a pack of our Falcon Enamel Wear plates as well.

Chemex How To


So these new coffee filters arrived and although i had the general idea on how they worked, i thought i should do a little bit of research to make sure i was doing it right. Lucky the amazing guys at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland OR have posted this straight forward explanation (with pictures!) on how to get the most out of your Chemex.

Click here to view their website: Chemex How To by Stumptown Coffee Roaster