Did you grow up baking?
This morning, I wondered WHY I bake.
My mother did sporatically and my sister works full time and rarely cooks let alone bakes.
So what motivataed me to bake bread?
I still remember the first loaf I did, mid twenties. I decided to do this using the Joy of Cooking method for white bread. I purchased the yeast from the convenience store across the road. ,,,Bad mistake...I knew nothing about proofing yeast..and the results were two great smelling loaves, that looked like doorstops.
I dont remember baking much for the next five years or so.
We then moved from Ontario to California. I then started to bake and cook seriously to relieve boredom. I lived up a canyon, and we had only one car, so I was housebound. I can remember boning my first chicken and baking rolls for the first time for a dinner party.
When we moved to southern mexico, baking once again went on th back burner as I could not find yeast for sale. While there are many bakeries, southern mexican women of the higher classes apparently do not bake nor spend time in their kitchens..that is maids work.
Thankfully, regular visitors and shopping trips allowed me to get the things I needed for the kitchen. yeast and various spices being high on the list.
Some 13 years later, we actually have a baking supply store, which sells yeast. I am hoping it will be able to stay in business as they are located in a plaza and the rents are probably quite high.
Crusty bread is not available, so the NYT bread method with the chewy crust almosts completes my need for "unavailable bread experiences" here..now If I couldjust get them to bring in poppy seeds and rye flour.
Be well everyone.