Long time no see! Hope all is well and Happy New Year! I have been away from TFL for quite a while. During this time, I stopped baking bread, got rid of all the starters and bags of grains that I had accumulated, and devoted my very limited free time to pursue other hobbies.
A turning point came during this past holiday season, when I received a new oven as a Christmas gift from my husband. When I found out this oven has a new feature - proofing, I said to myself: Maybe this is a sign that I should start making bread again. So I "fired up" this new oven and baked my first loaf of bread in years on Christmas day. This day became the happiest and the most memorable Christmas ever!
Since that day, something related to bread is always in the works, either nurturing my starters, designing a new formula, spouting the grains, or pre-fermenting the flours, the bread making process has been non-stop, so has the flow of joy that overwhelms me. Everyday is happy day, as long as my bread making is going well, and I have not been disappointed so far.
For the first time, I have systematically utilized all the equipment I had acquired to produce bread. Every mixer, from my Zo to KA to SP5, has been put to use either to test a formula, mix a sizable preferment, or to mass produce bread dough. In this one month following Christmas, I probably have produced more bread than the few years combined when I was active on TFL. I not only provide a steady supply of varieties of breads for my family, but I also have plenty to share with my friends and colleagues. From scratch, I create a dream, a love story, a gift, a memory that will be etched in minds as heartwarming moments. Sharing has made bread making one of the most rewarding experiences in life. I hope you'll feel my joy when seeing the pictures of my bread. Happy Baking!