On Sunday night, Manatee and I watched Food Inc. for the second time. Just like last time, this led to both of us having the exact same response as our first viewing.
1- Major mixed feelings for me. For once, me being happy that we do what do in terms of our food choices. Trust me, this isn’t always easy, but I watch movies like that and feel better about what we are able to do, but sad about how our country feels about food, and angry about how big government controls the food industry. Darn it, it should not be easier and cheaper for people to buy hamburgers through a drive thru instead of fresh produce at the grocery store. It’s not right!
2- Manatee begging me to go vegetarian (again). You’d think I’d be the one, but I’m not. And no, we are not going vegetarian. Been there, done that (several times in my life), not doing it again. We don’t eat a ton of meat, but I like having the option.
So where am I going with this?
I am excited to share this recipe with you, because bread is yet another food that is often packed with chemicals. Prior to Baby G, we just avoided bread. We don’t eat a lot of grains as it is, so it wasn’t hard. But I realized that I wanted to expose her to it, and let’s be honest, babies often like bread and lately, I’m desperate for something for her to like and eat.
So, is this easy?
The short answer is yes. If you have a stand mixer, this is a ridiculously easy, hands off recipe.
But as Manatee reminded me today, it’s not as easy as buying bread. Sorry folks, it’s just not.
So, why do it?
2-There’s nothing better than the smell of baked bread.
3. Baking bread is really cool. Very few ingredients come together to form something totally different from its individual parts.
4- This is one of the best bread recipes I have ever made, both for ease and taste. You should try it!
A few notes:
My bread is never perfect. I don’t know how much you can tell by these pictures, but I had perfectly risen bread, and then it fell. I guess removing the towel from on top of the dough, putting it by the window, taking pictures, moving it again, taking more pictures, and then putting it back is NOT good for rising dough. Oops.
But look at this crumb people…
It’s so tight and wonderful. This is an amazing bread and it makes the BEST toast. Just ask Baby G. She devours it in the morning. And so do I, but I prefer it untoasted with a healthy smear of hummus.
So, two loaves of bread for a family that doesn’t eat a lot of bread, how do we do it? I divide each loaf into thirds. I wrap each third in plastic wrap and foil, then throw it in the freezer. We have “fresh” bread for 2-3 weeks.
Who else has seen Food Inc? What did you think?
What do you like on your bread?