Yea, well, ok, it is confession time. All the recipes I post are not how I cook. I am a pinch of this and a dash of that type of cook. To put together real amounts to share with you all isn't exactly easy. The whirling dervish flying through my kitchen has to s-l-o-w down and conscientiously put the items in measuring cups and sometimes I just put down my best guess.
When my friend asked for the recipe for bread, what could I do? There is so much more to making bread than measurements. There is testing the water to make sure it is right and will activate the yeast. There is the different textures dough goes through that you just cannot adequately pass on the experience through a recipe card. There are the different ways of braiding or not braiding the dough. There are different things to do to the top of the bread. There is the steam coming out of the oven from the pan of water I add before hand. And there is that specific smell and hollow thump that comes with the finished product. Nope - this was not a time to make a recipe. It was time for an email.
"Hey, girly. Well, I'd love to give you a recipe. But you see, I just simply cannot do this. What I can do is to invite you over Friday morning, bring your pans, and we'll have fun in the kitchen." She was delighted and readily accepted my offer.
We had so much fun. I made the first batch and walked her through each step. We talked, laughed, and just had fun doing this. I placed my dough in the oven to rise, washed the dishes, and about half an hour later, I had her try her hand. She had learned quickly and did a lovely job creating her dough. Soon enough it was time to take mine out of the warm oven, punch it down, do a braiding lesson and let the rising begin. We removed her dough and let it rise on the warming oven so that I could bake my bread. It was finishing about the time that we were ready to braid a loaf of hers and make a traditional slit top style for the second loaf.
She now had an experience that was fresh in her mind to take home with the dough. She finished the process at her house and later posted pictures of how hers came out. She and I spoke briefly. The family had already eaten half of a loaf and was amazed by the smell that lingered in the house.
This experience is something a recipe cannot capture. I can safely say that we both agree it was worth getting together and playing in the kitchen. It is something I would love to do more of. So, if any of you are local and just need a hand with a recipe you want to try, let me know. There are so many foods Ariella and I have posted that have unique qualities that we just cannot capture in words when we create recipes for them. I'd love to see what can be done to bring cooking to life for you. You can email me from Facebook or go to our Services section and leave a message there.
All the best.