It all started when I was listening to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver. A book on CD my wonderful wife got for me so I would have something to listen to on my way to and from work. Well…she also got it before we took a trip back to the states so we could listen to it while we traveled around the country visiting to several National Parks. Anyway, Steven L. Hopp, Barbara’s husband, makes bread. He has a bread maker, I don’t, but he makes bread for their family. The book really affected us and helped us to realize that there are other options, more helpful/healthful options to our health and the environment. (While I don’t believe global warming is a thing, I do know that our supply of fossil fuel is finite and we should conserve what we have, but that is another post)
Steven L. Hopp makes bread almost daily, according to the book. I’ve only ever seen Mrs. B make bread, my mom also had a few attempts but I never really got into eating that kind of stuff. Hmmmm. Since we are trying to know where our food comes from and pay a bit more attention to Organic and Local foods I started, also, making bread for my family. I’ve had pretty good success, experimented but not to much, added some stuff took some stuff out, in fact I would say today was the first time I really screwed up.
The AC is on in my house all the time because it is so dang hot here, which makes my kitchen cold. I have to turn on my oven for a minute so it is warm enough to help my bread to rise. Aaaaaauuuuuugh, I put the bread in to rise and thought I had turned the oven off but didn’t. Just now when I went to pull it out after the first rise, the heat hit me and I realized I hadn’t turned off the oven….
Trying to salvage something out of that but I don’t know how successful that will be. Of course it’s fresh bread…how bad could it be? Uneatable? Probably not.