I am a huge bread hound. Love the stuff and can't get enough of it. I also love baking it, but with 4 kids running around it can be really hard to find the time required. And no, don't EVEN try to sell me on breadmaker bread. I've tried many different recipes and two different bread makers, and feel quite comfortable saying without apologies that in my opinion breadmaker bread sucks.
Yay for Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day! After reading about this book on a few blogs I decided to break down and give it a try. It's super easy, and yep...super fast. Oh, and most importantly, super good. Basically the idea is to mix up a load of wet dough that keeps up to 14 days in the fridge. You just pull out what you need when you need it:
Throw it on a peel:
And bake those suckers up (ignoring the fact that your bread is all puffy/crazy shaped because you slashed it too deeply):
I highly recommend eating it buttered with homemade chicken noodle soup:
This was the first time I'd ever made chicken noodle soup *face palm* and OH MY it was good. Sadly, my devil children still prefer the Campbell's crap in a can. They are evil with obviously malfunctioning taste buds, I tell ya.
And while we're eating good here, people aren't eating so well everywhere. The horrible situation in Darfur has been on my mind (and The Mister's) for quite awhile now. I recently read an article describing a presentation by Mia Farrow at a local university (I sooo wish I'd known beforehand). She spoke of villages where 100 percent of the girls and women had been raped. In other villages countless infants died because their mothers' breasts had been burned purposely to prevent them from feeding their children. It shames me that this is happening in a world where I live. I guess shame isn't even the right word - it's a combination of horror, sadness, and the terrible feeling of not knowing what to do to make things better. I look at my children and comtemplate raising them in that environment and I stop...because it's just too terrible to even consider.
It's not a huge thing, and it won't make the Darfur genocide stop, but it's something - which is always better than continuing to do nothing. For my January charitable contribution I made a donation to the Jewish World Watch Solar Cooker Project . This project helps women living in refuge camps after fleeing Darfur feed their families. Please check it out and consider making a donation yourself!