Saturday, February 3, 2024

Cross-traffic in the kitchen

Today was one of those days when all three of us had projects in the kitchen.

Don was making bread. I was frying down bacon bits. Older Daughter was making lunch as well as working on tankards. By the end of this, the kitchen was absolutely – almost comically – trashed.

Thankfully a little elbow grease went a long way.

Bonus photo: Don's bread.


  1. Does Donald make the dough in a bread machine?

  2. Nope, by hand. He uses sourdough for the flavor, but also a bit of yeast.

    - Patrice

  3. I love fresh baked bread. It is awesome if it looks great, nice crusty brown top, but what matters most to me is fresh from the oven, tastes good and lots of butter. I can make a meal of just bread and butter. Day old; still good. Home made bread doesn't stay soft like the cheap white bread from the store so it is a little too 'firm' I give it 15 seconds in the microwave. Two days old; still edible, just not nearly as good as fresh bread. Older than that and I toss it or find a different way to use it. If I was hungry I'd still eat it.
    When I was a kid we were poor and often we would eat bread that had gone moldy, just cut off the moldy part. We even ate cereal that had bugs, put milk in it stir the bugs float to the top and you take them out. And we ate cereal with water when we didn't have milk.
    But back to bread, it is the staff of life, after the crash being able to make bread will be important. That means have flour, or grain with a way to grind it. Have yeast or starter. Have an oven or another way to cook it. And in the worst case scenario have a way to cover up the smell so your neighbors don't take it from you. Yes, those times are coming.

  4. I know all three of you used elbow grease.

  5. Your kitchen looks comfy. It's also the first time I've noticed the cabinets being white, which I like. We girls had a Home Ec teacher in grammar school who taught us to choose white in the kichen because it shows dirt. That makes it easier to keep clean because you can see it, and food prep requires cleanliness. That really stuck with me.
    Yes, Home Ec in grammar school. I'm telling my age. The boys actually had to go out and "farm" the field and learn about tractors. None of it was intense, but being a rural community was very practical for kids to learn. I dare say we probably were all called upon at home to use the things we were taught. I think the boys were already helping their fathers and girls their mothers. Nowadays everybody pitches in with everything instead of chores being designated by sex.

  6. Dear Don:
    Would you be so kind to share your sourdough/yeast bread recipe, technique, and any tips. We have jumped on the homemade bread wagon, and take it a step further by milling our grain kernels into flour using an electric mill. Our bread consists of 100% whole, hard red and/or hard white wheat. We have the “regular” yeast bread recipe down pat but miss a sourdough tang. We live in Florida and tried once to get a starter going but it went moldy, even though we thought we did everything correct. I have heard from an officially trained “gourmet” neighbor that producing a sourdough starter down here is difficult. With your help we would like to try again. Oh, by the way, please say “Hi” to Patrice, and Older Daughter for us :-). Thank you.