I am currently a college student that spends her time between studying geology, escaping to the mountains, climbing, gardening, and baking bread. For the first three years of college I lived in a dorm. This meant that I had to be creative with my bread baking, carting dough to any available oven I could find and explaining to roommates that the strange looking blob in the glass jar was actually sourdough starter and should not be thrown away. For my last year, however, I will be living in an apartment with my own oven(!) and a hungry boyfriend who is always willing to try my new bread creations.
I attribute my love of baking bread to my mom who always made sure that there was a fresh loaf somewhere in the kitchen. I remember kneading the dough and then letting my mom take over once my little arms got tuckered out. I remember eagerly watching the dough rise, constantly asking my mom whether “it was time,” and slowly learning the value of patience when it comes to good food. And I remember those thick, whole-grain slices with butter and jam in the morning for breakfast. Indeed, making bread with my mom in a warm kitchen is one of my quintessential memories of childhood.
My love for bread really flourished though when I met my boyfriend. An appreciative foodie himself, he is always supportive of my baking and eager to accommodate my hobby. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship where I bake him bread, he bakes me pies, and we continually support each other in all of our endeavors. A bit of love is always an important ingredient in my recipes.
I started this blog to reflect on my experiences crafting bread and to share them with others. I also believe it is important to help foster a food culture where people are active in the preparation of their meals, can fully appreciate where the ingredients come from, and can feel a deeper connection with the food that nourishes them.
I hope to share with you my thoughts on baking bread and recipes that I have tried and enjoyed. Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions or to ask questions.
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