My hiding-out excuse (the woman who's doing our drapes would really love to chat!) is that I'm packing for a few days on the island, visiting friends -- and between the noise and the getaway planning, my blogging time is very limited this morning. . .
So I'm offering up yesterday's page from my Illustrated Journal -- and advising you of my resolution to learn how to draw and paint (here, I used the watercolour pencils) a loaf of bread!! I can bake the bread well enough. . .
this post, in which I also wander through my personal and familial bread-baking history. . .
I'm happy with, especially since I continue to reiterate that Process is as important as Product . . .
So with no further ado, I'll transcribe the text on that journal page:
Left-hand page, top right: Luckily, it's cooled down enough that the 500degree oven wasn't intolerable.
Top left: I built the dough for these loaves on Friday, when it was warm enough still that I wasn't sure how to manage the first phase of the fermentation. But I've had a slice (the heel, deliciously crunchy), and I'm calling these successful.
Bottom right: Silicon Oven Gloves. . . Huge! Awkward! & Life Savers
Right-hand page: Given that the recipe calls for this Dutch oven to warm up for an hour (!) in a 500F [Note: the oven reaches 500 before the hour begins] oven before the dough goes in, this is a very hot, potentially dangerous baking project & I'm so glad I bought that pair of silicon gloves.
The trickiest part is when I first take the very hot Dutch oven out of the oven, remove the super-hot lid, and drop the loaf in as gently and carefully as possible, replacing the lid and popping the heavy pot back in the oven -- Stand Back!
20 minutes later, it's relatively easy to reach in and grab the lid off -- 10 more minutes at 465, and I have the satisfaction of pulling the pot out and lifting the golden loaf onto a cooling rack.
Mmmmm. . .
Soon I'll leave my guy behind here in the city where the temperatures have settled at a comfortable 23 to 25 degrees (although there's an Air Quality Advisory due to drifting smoke from the province's forest fires). I've just checked the weather for the island I'm heading to, and apparently it will be 27 to 30 degrees, with even more smoke, from even closer fires, so I didn't time that well, did I? But I'm looking forward to visits with a number of good friends, perhaps even an ocean swim. . .
bye for now,
looking forward to reading your comments,