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Weekend Cooking – Saturday November 13th 2010

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend at ‘Beth Fish Reads’, Weekend Cooking meme. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page.

This week, in response to the Beth Fish post about Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, this is my contribution to this fun meme.

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“Breadbaking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells…there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.”

M. F. K. Fisher, ‘The Art of Eating’

This set me thinking about the therapeutic quality of many aromas in my everyday life, those that I don’t consciously think about, but that can change and lighten my mood and thought processes:

.A lovely piece of Stilton cheese just as the wrapper is removed;

.Freshly mown grass that is slightly damp;

.The pungent smell of seaweed that always assails you at the sea shore;

.My first cup of coffee in the morning, drunk slowly and savoured;

What are some of the aromas that give you that feel-good, satisfaction factor?

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • MFK Fisher is one of my all-time favorite writers. What a treat to see such a great quote from her.

    Stilton … sigh. One of the things I miss most about the UK. Even the imported cheese are just not the same. Fresh whipped cream from Guernsey cows raised by the neighbors. Ahhh.

    Yes that first cup of coffee. Soft sweet butter (unsalted) on still warm from the oven bread!

  • MFK Fisher is a fabulous food writer. I love that you featured her today. When I read something she has written I get hungry. It’s not the kind of hunger where you want to just fill your belly. She inspires my hunger for really delicious food. As for the aroma factor, there is nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread.

  • Hi Beth,

    Coming from the Somerset/Devon/ Wiltshire border, we have our own great line in clotted cream, just right with some locally produced strawberry jam, to make the perfect cream tea.
    Taken of course, with the fragrantly aromatic Earl Grey tea!

  • Hi Margot,

    Mary Fisher is not an author who is well known in the UK, but the product information from Amazon on the book I highlighted, intrigued me so much that I will definitely be adding it to my ‘wish list’.

    I’m with yourself and Beth Fish, on the mouth watering aroma of freshly baked bread, you just can’t beat it and it’s even more tempting with the butter that Beth prescribes, although I’m not so sure a health expert would agree.

    Oh well! a little of what you fancy and all that…..

  • Hello Gnoe,

    Great to have you visit the site,

    Apple pie is a good one, but a touch of cinnamon with it would be great.

    Baked onions sounds good as well, always tasty in a hotdog or burger, from a reputable mobile kitchen.

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