Thursday, January 11, 2007

Breaking Bread on the Beach


I like gadgets. So one of the things I've usually put on my Consumer Fest list each year is a Bread Machine. Most of those here at home aren't that crazy about new fangled hi-tech gadgets, but they do like bread, so I've never been sure why I'd not been given a Bread Machine. Instead I would get things like pants and socks and books... So it was quite a surprise this year to discover that Santa had finally delivered the bread, so to speak.


I've been cooking up a storm since then, searching the net for recipes, scouring stores for exotic types of flour like spelt and kamut, mixing all kinds of things together to come up with something both edible and suitable as an heirloom item to pass along to my grandchildren when they show up. I've been really pleased with the results so far. Not a single door stopper yet!


I'm not sure it will fit into the kayak, but if it did, imagine waking up to a rosy sunrise, the sound of lapping water and the aroma of fresh bread, hot coffee... I'm looking up some ways of having it make dough which I could freeze and then bake en route using a Dutch oven set-up. I'm not sure anything like that exists, but imagine how great it would be if it does. Ideas, anyone? I've already got toutons on the list for next summer!

3 comments:

squidink said...

Michael, this is kinda funny, because that's what i got for christmas - and while i hate to be a downer, well, i said shag it, take it back - i've always made my own bread from scratch. Ok, so it's been a while - but since the machine turned up on the 25th, i've been baking break regularly (still gonna return it.....) sorry - i'd just prefer new skiis - or a drysuit....anyone listening?!!! boo hoo. silly me.
but glad you like the machine. a

clairesgarden said...

great christmas present! its on my list of wanted things too. the smell of fresh bread is just amzing, and coffee, kayak trips arraged with electricity points as the destination. . .
but also I agree with Squidink there, its after the dry suit etc. . .

Michael said...

Alison & Claire - The advantage of this machine is you can head out for a paddle while your bread cooks at home. It welcomes you back with a delicious aroma as you open the door!
Besides, your bank loan officer will get you a drysuit just for the asking. Two dollars a day in a cookie jar will get him off your back in about a year. Have your bread and paddle dry all at the same time!