Thursday, November 12, 2009

Daily Bread

I don’t mind stealing bread... if I could find any. Until that day comes, you can keep your bread boxes unlocked. Health food stores and supermarkets have an entire aisle dedicated to this staple. Unfortunately, they are bastardized versions of what we used to eat (and what most cultures still eat). How hard can it be? There are only four ingredients necessary to make bread: water, salt, yeast, flour. That’s it! Just like beer, only four simple ingredients are needed to created a plethora of breads, each with their own unique flavors. Instead, there are at least twenty ingredients in today’s everyday bread, half of which are preservatives, half that are unpronounceable, and of course... sugar!

In my quest for decent bread, I have come to realize that I am to blame as much as the food industry. For instance, there is fresh bread available (not widely, but it’s there). I do not buy it because I don’t consume my daily bread. I love my sandwiches and toast, but not on a daily basis. I love fresh bread, especially fresh sourdough bread (*ahem* Boudins). Unfortunately, when I buy fresh bread, it becomes as hard as a rock in one or two days. Hence, the abundant ingredient list of preservatives necessary in sandwich and toaster bread. Yes, they’re there for people like me.

I think this stems from our culture. I am not in the habit of going to the local street market to purchase my daily supply of bread, like the French. Again, I would not be able to eat it all. Also, we do not have daily farmer’s markets here. They are growing and improving, but not nearly to the point where that would be possible. I dream of the day when I can walk a few blocks down the street and purchase that day’s supply of fresh fruit, veggies, and bread. Until that day happens, I have a challenge on my hands.

For example, I have two loaves of Orowheat. They’re still edible despite the fact that they have been in our fridge for a month, now. This picture needs to change, but until I consume my daily bread (won’t happen), or they sell smaller loaves of fresh bread, I am doomed. I may just need to start making my own bread. Next month’s challenge, perhaps?

Speaking of challenges, this is day two of my sugar-free month. Instead of sugar, I put some cinnamon in my Americano this morning. It still tastes like the motor oil I’m used to, but now it’s less sweet. Not a big deal. However, I am going to be in San Francisco for three days; this is where sugar-free is going to be a challenge!

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