Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Let Your Soul Delight Itself in Fatness

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? ... hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
"Let your soul delight in fatness" is excellent advice which I have, knowingly or unknowingly, been following since early childhood. But of late I have rarely been spending money for that which is bread, because we discovered that baking bread at home is immensely rewarding, and the ingredients required ‒ flour, commercial yeast, salt and lukewarm water ‒ are virtually costless.

We've baked only twice so far, but I love the whole process ‒ the precise measurements, the kneading, gluten on my fingers, the yeast frenziedly feeding on sugar molecules, the physics, chemistry and biology, the miracle of the first rise, the punch down, the second rise, shaping the loaf, scoring the dough, oven spring, the hollow-sound doneness test, the smell of freshly-baked bread from the oven.

Here is a photo of a Sunday brunch with home-baked bread, but also some other things. For it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but also by cheese (preferably of more than one variety) and tomato soup.


The knife in the photo is the Serrated Knife ‒ one of two knives in our kitchen. The other knife is the smooth-edged Champion Knife, so called because it's sharper and therefore used a lot more. But it turns out that serrated knives ‒ even not-so-sharp ones ‒ work really well on bread. I was thrilled to discover that the Serrated Knife has its uses after all. "The best thing before sliced bread," Anasua called it.

6 comments:

Lalanti said...

So fancy! I have never attempted to bake bread. I find it too intimidating.

The Reluctant Rebel said...

I attest that it tasted awesome! Much better than sliced bread.

I have never understood that saying anyway, there are so many better things than sliced bread. Say, Nirmalyan watching a Germany game. Is that not better than sliced bread? I ask you.

Pratiti said...

You guys annoy me.

Shrabasti Banerjee said...

WOW. :')

Priyanka said...

Did you just call Ana fat? :D

AHAHAHA (please prove you're not a robot) WORD VERIFICATION: anaorg. Ana the cyborg, ominous. Haha.

Sroyon said...

@Lalanti: I too used to think it was really complicated, but it's not! Try it.

@Saha: Thank you for your valuable testimonial.

@Pratiti: My purpose in life. :)

@Shrabasti: Just so.

@Priyanka: And not for the first time! :D