There are few virtues a man can possess more erotic than culinary skill. Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses by Isabel Allende
Starting in November of 2009 Michelle at theBig Black Dog formed a group to bake its way through Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Dayby Zoë François and Jeff Hertzberg. I loved Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, so I signed up with the group. Michelle first had us do a couple of warm-up assignments, which were my first attempt at blogging. The first "Official" post was on January 15, 2010, and it was followed by 41 more, on the 1st and 15th of each month. When I signed on I said I would bake the whole book, and like Horton (the elephant) I meant what I said and I said what I meant. I finished baking the book on October 1, 2011.Having completed that challenge, now I am just going to do some stuff, and post about it. As part of that stuff Michelle is posing a new, and different, challenge for us each month.
But I am still baking bread, mostly the Five Minutes a Day kind, and if you would like to try the Five Minutes a Day bread method there are some links, with recipes, in the right hand column to get you started. Please give it a try.
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This day be bread and peace my lot. Alexander Pope
How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex? Julia Child
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven. Yiddish proverb (And some are only half baked.)
There is no love sincerer than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw, via Sharon
Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt. George Herbert
Be the frog
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
All the Way Home by David Giffels
Cooking Dirty by Jason Sheehan
1421 The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
The $64 Tomato by William Alexander
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
What's the Worst That Could Happen by Greg Craven
The Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian
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I am a big fan of this method
Quotes I like
Never pray for justice. You might just get some. Margaret Atwood
Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the problem. Edward R. Murrow
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
If you have been in a poker game 15 minutes, and have not figured out who the patsy is, it's you.
Be careful in casting out your devil 'lest you cast out the best thing about you. Friedrich Nietzsche
The happiest times in life are the first week of marriage and the week after you butcher a pig.
For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner ... on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. ... That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that. Carl Sagan
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. Thomas Szasz
It's much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem. Malcolm Forbes
Life is tough. It's even tougher if you are stupid. John Wayne
"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted, but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known." Garrison Keillor
OK, so this is not an HB in 5 recipe, it is from the first book, AB in 5, but I made it during the hiatus between bonus recipes.
It was really outstanding, and makes a terrific holiday date nut bread. And it is certainly more healthy than my regular date nut bread, much lower in calories and fat. I took about a pound of the dough (I use 14 ounces when I make recipes from the first book since that is about 1/4 of a batch) rolled it out, covered it with chopped dates and walnuts, perhaps a few more than called for, rolled it up, let it rise and baked it. Notice that instead of using the cornstarch wash I just dusted it with four before slashing. I think it makes a nice contrasting effect. I highly recommend this bread, especially for the holidays, but any time. It makes great toast, too.
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