Living by Bread alone..yes, possible.
I know I started off saying I will be posting everyday but as is typically, as soon as I had decided that, I fell ill. Of-course I did! The most important things is that I finally realized what an important role Oxygen plays in our life. I see life differently now. Air pollution, erosion of the Ozone layer, global warming.. I think I see a bit of what they mean. I have to admit I have always selfishly thought that all the conspiracies are true but never really been too bothered. But when you gasp for breath and see parts of yourself turn an unflattering shade of blue, see your lips and hands and legs quiver and imagine that you will now only get posthumous recognition for your undiscovered talents; you realize how much difference this unseen, intangible substance can make.
Besides the sudden craving for fresh country air, my past few months have been significantly marked by our house hunting and my bread mania. The house hunting has revealed all shapes, sizes and types of houses; not to mention agents. The vision of a glorious, airy, relaxing, calming, peaceful home keeps us going as we rush around Andheri scrambling for loans. and houses. I have seen the inside of more houses in the past 3 months than i have in the past 7 years in Mumbai I think. The brush with the banks was interesting, enlightening…and maddening. Apparently the government and the banks still live in the middle ages and think that women should not be getting loans with their fathers. Of course.. men are allowed to do that. After all they will always belong to the same family.
Have also been baking bread like a crazy person, curtsey my favourite bread book : The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger. If you havent baked bread, please do take my advice and give it a try. If you don’t bake then do beg, threaten or blackmail someone you know into baking bread for you. You will find love, see god, have an encounter of the fourth kind and discover the meaning of life….the fragrance and taste of freshly baked bread straight out of the oven. And you will never eat the spongy white stuff that tastes of nothing and is called sliced bread. You will be sucked into a whirlwind of possibilities. Nutty whole wheat breads, Soft and fluffy white ones, flavoured breads with nuts/herbs/cheese, sweet dessert and festive breads, beeeautiful artisan breads. Breads with shiny crusts, soft thin crusts, crackly crusts, crunchy shattering crusts. Breads with large holes, uneven holes, even holes. Round boule shaped breads, rectangular block shaped ones, braids, rolls, flatbreads…
I wish I sounded more coherent and was more diligent and clicked the pics so I could share them with you. But that’s what bread baking can do to you…drive you to the point where you maybe baking breads and gobbling them at a pace that does not allow for any photography. Before you know, you have reached for the butter, slathered it on and dug your teeth into this godliness. And then..its 3 months down and you are 5 pounds heavier. Can you now blame me for not posting??
Here are the images though few and far between: