Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bread at Home



Mom?
Yes?
That bread that Jamie made?
Yes?
The braided one?
Yes?
And that stew she made?
Yes?
With the juices from the beef?

Yes?
When you soaked the bread in the juices?

Yes?
It was so good.

That's my picky nine-year-old son talking, the one who's never agreed to stew before, and certainly not to the concept of dipping bread in stew juice. I totally agreed with him, but my amazement is reserved for the fact that this woman finds the time to bake -- and braid -- bread. Anyone with three kids under the age of ten who can get through two risings, never mind braiding the dough, has my eternal admiration.

As my brother said, when he was 13 or so, holding up a loaf of homemade bread in my mom's face: "Hello! Mom! it's the 1980's. They sell bread in the stores..." I mean, it's not like she doesn't have choices.

Thanks for educating my son, Jamie! The bread was delicious, and we all love beef stew now (even me!).

Any other bread bakers out there?

2 comments:

Theresa said...

y kids are more likely to eat things that they've helped make! YOu need to get your hands on the book "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" and it will revolutionize your bread-baking life!!

Larissa Phillips said...

In FIVE minutes? I'll do anything for five minutes. And I'll keep my eyes out for that book. Thank you!