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Bread of life

I have been missing a cathartic activity while the football is in recess. I am also looking to tighten the food budget just a fraction, without food compromise. In my wanderings down the supermarket aisle, wondering how I could do the latter, I came across the bread flour.

Now, although bread is considered a staple, we don’t really eat a LOT of bread, unless we are on a constant diet of sandwiches, which I try to avoid. And if you run out, according to Erma Bombeck (an astute US newspaper columnist), this happens:

“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”

I know you’re nodding your head in agreement, just as I did. So, to avoid the shopping trolley explosion, I decided to try my hand out at making it instead. And then a thought crossed my mind. What am I? Some sort of reverse Marie Antoinette? Let them eat bread, rather than cake? Good old Erma has something to say about that too:

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” (Note to self – find some more of this woman’s writings – she’s great!)

However, in a small consideration of our waistlines, bread it will be. I am liking the advantages of making bread at home, of which there are a few.

– Cathartic-ness!! I know that’s not really a word, but it suits me fine right now. Knead? Yes sir, I will bash this poor innocent flour ball to get rid of some frustration. What? Only ten minutes? Looks like I’ll have to make another loaf …

– I can make a half loaf (250g) for just over a dollar, with only ½ hour cooking time, and as a bonus, good old yeast does most of the work for me.

– I am supporting a local business.

– I can make it when we need it (pretty much …)

– I know exactly what is going into my loaf of bread, which is not choc-a-bloc with preservatives.

– Hey, eating fresh bread, straight out of the oven. All that rubbish about giving you indigestion? Not this little creature with her cast-iron tummy!

– I don’t need a lot of equipment, and so there’s not a lot of washing up.

Have I convinced you yet?

So, the flour of choice is from Laucke – a crusty white loaf, which comes in all recycled and recyclable packing.

1.  All I need is to weigh out half the flour, add my (supplied) yeast and 145ml of water at a yeast-friendly temperature.  Mix it up

2.  Knead it for 10 minutes and leave to sit to contemplate life for a while

3.  Re-knead (treading gently this time – after all, it’s feeling very sensitive after all that contemplation)

4.  Leave to again consider life

5.  Cook

6.  And EAT!!

 

I’m happy with that 🙂

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My first reverie

A philosophical collection of thoughts

Our modern world and our reliance on the internet fascinates me. The irony of musing on this topic via an internet blog has not escaped me – be assured of that!

I went travelling in my younger years – without a mobile phone or an email address. Can you imagine such a thing! Mind you, this was before September 11 or the Euro was a live currency …

The concept of a smart phone was very much in the future, and as for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc … unheard of words in the late 90s. After all, the World Wide Web had only been in our world for less than a decade at this point.

My family and friends were reliant on postcards until at least a month into my journey, and it took another for me to make it to a country where phone calls weren’t prohibitively expensive. In my early 20s, I wasn’t concerned too much about how worried my parents may have been. They were nothing but supportive about me heading off. Yes, travelling alone, although meeting up with people along the way. This is when I know I now live in a different world.

 

That was then; this is now …

Our different world, where children learn on tablets and seem to know more about computers than their parents; where Google is a commonly used verb (not just a search engine name). Funny how one word catches on and others don’t, isn’t it. We don’t ‘Bing’ it or ‘DuckDuckGo’ it, (that second one is a real thing by the way), but just as in the UK, they hoover their homes, in the US they blow their noses with Kleenex and we Aussies wrap food (less frequently now) with Glad Wrap … but I digress …

Like many things in our world, there are advantages and disadvantages. But still, whether we like it or not, email and the internet are constant features of our lives now. We interact via text, Messenger and tweets, and I feel that, all too rapidly, we are losing the art of ‘old-fashioned’ ways of making contact.

So as I end these musings, I find myself longing to go out to my letterbox and see if I have got mail, have a good, long, phone-free catch-up with a friend, or just find myself a black spot where I can sit down under a tree and read a good book.

 

 

Photo: Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens. © Rosemary Rogers 16 April 2017