Sourdough Companion were fortunate to be able to work with Poh and the ABC crew when they visited Tasmania early in 2011. Poh toured Callington Mill and made sourdough at Companion Bakery. The bakery is run by Graham Prichard, who operates this website.
This forum post is for anyone that has questions or comments about stone milling or sourdough baking shown on Poh's Kitchen season 2, episode 2.
First broadcast on ABC1 (Australia) at 8PM on Wednesday August 31, 2011.
If you miss that screening view Poh's episodes online at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/pohskitchen/episodes/
Poh's blog: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/pohskitchen/pohs_place/
Well done Graham!
Not sure how many loaves a day you produce but I reckon you'd be built like a weight lifter if you make them all using the kneading technique shown in the episode.
It's the method that I use though I don't normally fling it so high. Is that essential?
Glad you liked the show. I hadn't seen it either until last night....Poh certainly brings out the best in people.
The 'fling' is another opportunity to stretch and develop the dough / gluten strands. Agree that it is not entirely necessary as there is a better opportunity to stretch by pulling, when the dough hits and sticks to the bench. I guess the fling movement is an important part of setting up the bench stretch.
There is something very 'French' and performative about this method....and here is the Frenchman that first demonstrated it to me: http://sourdough.com/video/hand-kneading-demonstrated-french-baker-simon-gosset
It's certainly very theatrical - but I have a sinking feeling that trying it on my tiny kitchen bench might produce unexpected results...
That was a great segment Graham - and nice to put a face to the name, as well as to see Ben, the miller. Just a shame we couldn't see a bit more of the bakery. The rest of the show, using your flour, was most enjoyable too.
I don't know who was behind the restoration of the mill, but I think it was a fantastic idea. Towns like this can become a bit of a pastiche, a tourist theme park... just look at Hahndorf in SA and Richmond in Tas, so it's good to see something real which brings life back into the town.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a moving picture (particularly with the lovely Poh in attendance) is a whole library of information. Well done Graham and here's hoping you will get some more appearancess on the telly as time goes on.
Watched on tape last night - great show.
Poh seems the most enthusiastic and least pretentious TV cooking personality going around, although I do also really like the food safari series with Maeve O'Mara.
Mill was fascinating, and I saw the answer to my query in another thread about how developed are the bubbles in Graham's bulk fermented dough, on scaling...
I loved the way Graham said something along the lines of the whole process being basically out of control, and the notion that you just ride that through. So many people seem obsessed with the minute detail of one aspect of the process where there are so many other variables that will affect it anyway.