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Bread Is The Staff Of Life

This will be my first post on ‘Beth Fish Reads’, Weekend Cooking meme.

As I haven’t participated in the meme before, I stopped by to see what the general topic of conversation was.

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There are a whole variety of culinary links there, but Beth has chosen to write about bread, which I happen to love.

By coincidence I have a book near the top of my ‘list for sale’ pile, titled “Bread – River Cottage Handbook No.3”, by Daniel Stevens, introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

A thoroughly practical guide to baking bread of all shapes and sizes at home. Seasonal, Local, Organic, Wild – take the Slow Road  to River Cottage with this, the third in a series of essential books about food and the great outdoors”

Just flicking through the pages, the book is a comprehensive guide for the complete novice bread maker, it’s chapter’s include:- Why Bake Bread?;- Getting Started;- Bread Making Step By Step;- The Basic Bread Recipe;- Beyond The Basic Loaf;- Bread Made With Wild Yeast;- Bread Made Without Yeast;- Buns, Biscuits And Batter Breads.

What else could you need to know? It’s a great book, with easy to follow instructions and loads of clear, mouth watering, colour plates.

As I say, I love bread of any description, but it something that I rarely buy, as it would disappear too quickly, only to be replaced by all those lovely calories.

Who can resist the smell of freshly baked bread?

I can remember well, when my two nieces were young, that the first stop for their parents, when supermarket shopping, was the fresh bread counter. They would pick up two French Sticks, one for the household shop and one for the girls to eat, on their way round the store. By the time, they arrrived at the checkout, there would just be the empty bread wrapper, to scan!

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  • I adore bread and bake 3 or 4 times a week in the cooler months. I buy from one of the local bakers at the farmers’ market in the warm months. Even though I’m experienced, I have a soft spot for bread books (probably why I highlighted the bread chapter of the book today). I am adding this one to my wish list — right.this.minute. Thanks so much for joining in this week. I hope we see more of you.

  • Hi Mary,

    Same here, this is the first time I took part in Beth’s meme. I haven’t had my blog up and running for very long and I am still searching for all the good sites, that I may want to revisit and Beth’s is definitely one of them, as is your own.

    As there are only the two of us, I don’t tend to bake much, mainly because I know we would eat it all and that just wouldn’t be good for either of us, neither of us can afford more unecessary calories!

    Bread of any description, is something very difficult to resist and I feel so sorry for anyone with a wheat or yeast allergy. I did try gluton free bread once, as I know someone with an allergy and wanted to know what kind of food she could actually eat. I have to say, the bread was disgusting, so I didn’t bother with anything else.

    I do love good food though, so I shall be looking to contribute on a regular basis

  • Hi Beth,

    I think your blog is great and the idea of the Weekend Cooking meme is lovely, I hope to stop by often with my contributions. It’s a great way to meet new people and swap ideas.

    I must admit to being quite impressed with the book I selected. It gives such clear instructions, that I think even I could cope with producing a passable effort, if I followed the steps closely!!

    Farmers Markets are very popular here in the UK. Of course, the prices they tend to charge for produce, can in no way compete with the large stores, but for quality and choice they really are in a different class. I live in a part of the country which is quite rural, with lots of small ‘market’ towns, so finding a Farmers Market somewhere, is never difficult.

  • I love all kinds of bread too but never actually made anything. But now that our house has a baking oven I really want to try baking, either breads or cakes, whatever fancies me.

  • Hi Violet,

    Baking can be fun and very therapeutic, but recipes always seem to end up being far too much for two people.

    Not that two people wouldn’t want to eat it, but it’s all those calories!

    Just make sure you have plenty of friends to share your lovely recipes with

  • Hi Maragaret,

    People I know, say that their breadmaker takes an age, to produce a very small loaf, is that what you find?

    Actually, if we want to be really eco-friendly about it, the book also has a chapter about building and using a Clay Oven.

    Is there anyone out there who wants to rake up the challenge, or who already has????

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