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Joie de Vivre - A little less than a happy high
komos
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Joie de Vivre
Necessity has overcome my fear of making yet more yeasty goodness. I'm baking bread tonight.

Given all of my other experimentation, you wouldn't think that I'd be intimidated by something as simple as bread. It's almost as though the concept of bread has taken on a nigh-mythical importance to me. This goes beyond enjoyment or entertainment or even philosophy. Here is the place where one stops playing in the kitchen and sets about the very serious business of creating nourishment. Here is the place where one steps away from the pre-treated, the pre-sliced, and the pre-packaged and begins to embrace self-sufficiency, satisfaction, and simplicity.

The line is crossed.

Strangely, it doesn't seem like such a big deal on the other side.


Update: My loaf is a little misshapen (it almost looks like it wanted to be round, free of the bread pan) but otherwise serviceable. As an added bonus, the house smells fantastic. Come visit. We'll explore more.
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From: ex_sjc Date: June 8th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
My loaf is a little misshapen

That happens to all men sometimes.
komos From: komos Date: June 9th, 2004 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
We've nothing to fear so long as they're golden brown and fluffy inside, eh?
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: June 8th, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmmmmmmmmmm, it's chilly tonight. Fresh bread and soup would be tastey.
komos From: komos Date: June 9th, 2004 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Curried vegetable soup perhaps? Such was my evening.

Except for the chilly. Summer has hit hard.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: June 9th, 2004 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I think this may be the land of eternal Spring, not eternal Summer...
komos From: komos Date: June 9th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
In the meantime, our climate is shifting ever more towards something in the realm of South Carolina.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: June 9th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Except, y'know, when it doesn't, and it's predicted to drop 25 degrees or more in the next 16 hours or so.

Naw, we haven't done *anything* to the ecosystem. (grr...)
komos From: komos Date: June 10th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Curiously, if you pay a scientist enough money to find facts to support a given conclusion, they will find a way.

'Course, it doesn't matter much that their reports appear to be more in the way of "faith-based intitiative" than hard evidence, but why split hairs?
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komos From: komos Date: June 9th, 2004 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
It's always about starting somewhere. There's nothing I'm doing that's producing master works, but a) I have to start somewhere and b) knowing what's possible gives me something to strive for. And don't worry... that you have an appreciation for good things is enough.
From: missmelysse Date: June 9th, 2004 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always found the baking of bread to be extremely theraputic. The smell, the act, all of it.
I experimented with sourdough a couple years ago, but didn't like the starter I managed to make.

Btw, have you read The Tassajara Bread Book ?
komos From: komos Date: June 9th, 2004 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't. I'm working from Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice and to a lesser extent, The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book. I've got a lot to learn.

Doesn't sourdough starter need to go through a few generations before it actually starts acquiring its own character?
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komos From: komos Date: June 9th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Sorry love...

Many sacrifices must be made if the intent is to cleave to family traditions. The other alternative would be to start tinkering and eventually to come up with something that works for you.

Wanna start baking with me?
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komos From: komos Date: June 10th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sorry love...

We'd best get crackin' then.
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