I have started a new photo challenge, 30 days of gratitude. Â Yes, I know I am already listing things I smiled about each day. Â And doing an alphabet photo challenge. And thatâ€™s all good, because thatâ€™s exactly how I see these things, as challenges. Â Challenges to think outside the box, challenges to be creative.
Todayâ€™s gratitude topic is â€œfavorite food.â€ Â I am sure it will come as no surprise when I tell you my favorite food is bread. Â Bread is kitchen alchemy. Â Think about it, itâ€™s just flour and water, basically. Â Fried it becomes fry bread, staple food of the First People. Â Boiled, bagels (staple of the Jewish people) or pastry/dumplings (comfort food of the South). Â Baked, it becomes…bread. Â Carbohydrates to provide the body with the necessary energy to function. Â And we havenâ€™t even started adding things in yet!
Add a little fat and you have biscuits. Â Or pie crust, which you can wrap around sugared fruit for a dessert, or meat and vegetables for a savory main dish. Â And what about adding fruit or vegetables right into the dough? Â Banana bread and zucchini bread are still what? Â Thatâ€™s right, bread.
And this is why the first thing I did this morning after I got my kids up for school, before I started my laundry, was to take my sour-dough dough out of the fridge where it rested overnight, divide into two loaves, shape it, and stick it in a barely warmed oven for its final rise.
I will serve it tonight with home-made beef stew. Â And it will be delicious.