everyone else baked artisan breads in march or april. we baked it in june. well, specifically, david baked bread in june. i merely had to watch the process, savor the wafting of baking-bread through the house, tear off a chunk and devour it.
he’d been talking about it for a while, that he wanted to bake bread. this loaf is gluten free – he adapted it from a rustic bread recipe of bill’s. bill baked bread in april and then moved on to homemade gnocchi. a bit trend-resistant, we picked up the dangling carrot at the tail end of bread baking so posting this picture feels somewhat passe.
we aren’t so much everyone-else-is-doing-it-so-we-have-to-do-it people. we are artists so that’s our first excuse. our second excuse is that we are often not pop-culture-informed. that was much easier for me when my children were right here, keeping me in the loop. if cnn or aarp aren’t talking about it, if it’s not in our itunes or the stacks of cds and records we own, we are swimming upstream. third, we tend to make do. as a child of the infamous soap-sock beaky-beaky, who had a mantra of saving new things “for good” and turned bottles of shampoo upside down for weeks draining the last vestiges out, making do is an inbred way of life.
baking bread was no exception. until june. when we wholeheartedly jumped on the well-vetted train, rice-flour-research in hand. voila. heaven-in-a-loaf-of-bread, we wondered why we hadn’t done it sooner.
everyone else had an iphone. i was one of the last dedicated razor-phone fans. i could text with my eyes closed, even using the phone keypad without an a-z keyboard. and then my children bought me an iphone. a convert, i wondered why i didn’t get one sooner.
everyone else has granite countertops. ok, or marble. our kitchen is old but i’ve made over 11,300 breakfasts and 11,300 dinners in it and this sweet old kitchen has had over 33,000 days nurturing its families. we chop and saute and mix and fry and bake and roast and pour – all successfully – in this old kitchen every day. maybe someday we’ll have different counters. and we’ll wonder why we didn’t change them sooner.