Daily Archives: Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Reparations after Bread Wars

Mock Monsieursummary: effects of weather changes on bread made with wild yeast; bread wars; counter-intuitive behaviour; rescuing failures and turning them into major successes; Mock Monsieurs; Avocado Toast; Winning;

“If you have a lemon make a lemonade” – Dale Carnegie, after Elbert Hubbard“Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways.” – Twyla Tharp

We were so thrilled to finally have fabulous wild yeast bread from OUR kitchen this summmer. We were so proud of ourselves. It was as if we had invented it. We even contemplated not bothering to replace the jar of “expired” (but oddly still viable) commercial yeast that was languishing in the fridge.

We don’ need no stinkin’ active dry yeast! -me, OUR kitchen, sometime in early October

So it has been quite disheartening over the last month or so to be making flat loaf after flat loaf.

You can imagine the tears of frustration when I pulled the bread out of the oven on that lovely sunny morning in November. The bread that was supposed to be showcasing stew for dinner that night….

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