For some, a freshly baked homemade bread is a delight to be had everyday. As for me, my vivid memory of home baking spins back to when I was a little girl, pacing around a hot kitchen, insisting on helping my mother. I haven’t baked bread ever since and I won’t pretend to be anything less than a convenience loving consumer. In this day and age, it is so easy to buy convenient foods from the supermarket rather than cooking hearty homemade meals. This was exactly my case until I watched a TV programme that made me evaluate my ways.
I watched Michael Pollan’s Cooked – water episode, where he narrated changing consumer eating habits post 1940’s. It is true that we work more and spend less time in preparing home cooked meals. The pleasure of cooking and devouring a homemade meal has been replaced by the simplicity of readily available convenient foods. Convenience is not without a cost however. The package bears a hefty load on our health namely: too much salt, fat, sugar and uncountable additives.
I decided to start cooking more, especially staples that we consume daily. Incidentally, I met my tandem partner and our discussion led to organic food and home cooking goodness. My friend told me about a home baked bread recipe which does not require kneading. It worked like a charm. I was sold immediately to the idea of simplicity. The next day, I made my first batch but the results were debatable. The second time was a victory.
Homemade is best
We love our multi-cereals homemade bread. We can not go back to industrial, unless under mitigating circumstances of course. My forward thinker has already asked for extra batches to be made, with the possibility of freezing, in case we run out ;-/
Now that I’ve crossed that bridge, I can not wait to try out lots of other kinds of breads. Are you also a fan of homemade bread? Hope you’ll be persuaded to create more homemade healthy meals. I’ll leave you with some cooking tips from Gordon.