I have a routine medical procedure on Monday and there are a few days of dietary prep involved. I wish I could say I was a happy girl today, but I can’t be joyful after several days of white food. Whole grains are forbidden, as are fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. I can have canned vegetables and fruit, which are awful by the way. I can also have Jello, clear broth, applesauce and smooth peanut butter.
In a word: boring. I’m also really hungry all the time, since most of the food I eat falls unequivocally into the “forbidden” category. Actually, the worst is yet to come, but I won’t subject you to that. Let’s just say that I’m really looking forward to Tuesday.
Well, okay! They’re out of the oven and that was easier than I had expected. I’m used to fancier breads that require more time and care. Maybe I’ll mix up a batch of sour, so I can knock out a few sourdoughs.
Hope they’re okay. They look fine, but my temperature gauge has gone missing. They look and smell done. I’m used to both of those as criteria.
Yes, it certainly takes its time, although I’m a bit surprised at this recipe. The dough basically rested for 10 minutes after I’d finished mixing it, then went right into the pans. Of course, this being a sponge bread method, it took about a half hour to 45 minutes at the very outset so maybe that’s where the first stage ended up taking its time.
Anyway, I divided and shaped the dough into two loaves, which are patiently resting, covered, in a warm spot.
Today I am baking. I haven’t baked a loaf of bread in years and now that 2013 is behind me I want to give myself more fulfilling activity. Last year was tough – actually, the last year and a half. A lot fell by the wayside, including aspects of my health. My doctor is telling me I need to de-stress and I’m taking her advice, with health and fitness activities and meditation. So, I’m hoping for a better, healthier and more prosperous 2014. Today, bread will be my guide.
I’m starting out small. No fancy whole grains or anything else, just a simple, white loaf that’ll come out of the oven this evening, just in time for dinner.