Monthly Archives: February 2021

Photo-less not-Friday: what did we do before plastic was invented??

summary: we’re shirking our responsibilities; reflections; still staying at home; reading, reading, reading, reading; bread cookbooks galore; why do we need all that plastic wrap? …an entry for Photo-less Fridays;

I’ve always read a lot. In fact, one of the things I heard most often as a child was, Are you up there reading again? Get down here now to [fill in the blank with] a.) practice b.) set the table c.) cut the grass d.) take out the garbage e.) etc. etc. But these past weeks and weeks and weeks that started last 13 March, all that reading practice as a child has really paid off: I’ve read novels, non-fiction, memoires, short stories, magazine articles, history books, and bread cookbooks cover to cover.

Now, as we are at the beginning month number twelve of Staying at Home, I am about half way through “Bread Illustrated” and, while most of the book so far gives excellent instructions, I keep finding myself gasping at how many times they talk about the need to use plastic.

Cover the dough on the counter with plastic wrap […] Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature […] Cover loosely with greased plastic
– editors at America’s Test Kitchen, Bread Illustrated

(Please don’t get me started on the fact that the ATK editors claim a heavy-duty stand mixer is necessary for kneading bread, because “kneading dough by hand can be messy [ and] takes up to 25 minutes — and some well-developed forearm muscles — to knead dough fully by hand:stomp: :stomp: )

I’ve learned a lot from all this reading. But I cannot believe how many of the authors – many of them renowned bread bakers – advocate the use of plastic. Often prodigal use of plastic. :stomp: :stomp: (continue reading )

Stamp! Stamp! Stamp! (BBB February 2021)

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let's keep baking! summary: an overly elaborate example of verbosity (how do you spell ‘blue pencil’?); recipe for Naan (wild yeast) with Bread Stamp, scissors, wooden skewers, fondue forks, cookie cutters, cake onion combs; still staying at home… coming up on a full year; lots of reading, including “Samarkand” by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford, and “A Blessing of Bread” by Maggie Glezer; rabbits have been very busy, but they are not very good at hiding their holes; fun choosing which recipe to use; we love this style of bread; information about Bread Baking Babes;

нон дар нондону, калдаш дар осмон [non dar nondonu, kaldaş dar osmon] (The bread is in the basket, the key is in heaven.)
– Tajik saying

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) Baker’s Dozen Anniversary: Nan with Bread Stamp

Uyghur Bread

This is our 13th anniversary! Can you believe it?

Because some people are strange about the number 13 (there is a house in our neigbhourhood that is number 15 – directly next door to the west is 19 and the houses directly to the eastare 11a and 11! How confusing it must be for taxi drivers and delivery people….)

So. (heeheheee – I LOVE starting and ending a sentence with “so”) Let’s avoid that number 13; this is our “baker’s dozen” anniversary. (I was quite proud of myself when I suddenly thought of this.)

Our fearless leader, Tanna (My Kitchen in Half Cups), chose the bread we would make because, like me, she read “Samarkand” by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford, and like me, she felt compelled to get bread stamps to make Uzbek Uyghur-style bread, or “Non”. (continue reading )