Digging into the familiar
15 years ago I took the evening to relax digging into the familiar: changing a flat tire and cleaning my chain. Today I took comfort in mixing up some bread dough and tucking it into the refrigerator. I've always baked bread and been around people baking bread even from a very young age, but early pandemic I picked up a new book: Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day. He really does have a way of baking bread that I find easier. Mostly this is because many of the recipes have you mix up the dough with an electric stand mixer one day and bake it off another. However, I found reading through the paragraphs a bit challenging to follow while actively mixing and baking. So I started writing simplified versions of the recipes. Here I've written up a recipe of my own that follows a basic process Reinhart uses, but with the flavors of my family's Swedish rye bread. And when I was working out this recipe, I didn't have any rye flour in my house and it still turned out great. Lots of compliments at Lent soup supper a couple weeks ago.
Pairs nicely with Beef Stew.
Originally Posted March 28, 2007
Starks - 37.37 miles
"Best Coffee in the Kingdom"
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I said goodbye to Texas today. Texas in turn left me with the taste of a flat tire and a cockroach hotel in my mouth. But aside from these recent memories of Texas, I enjoyed the state. However, I am glad to be in Louisiana. I was starting to feel like I wasn't getting anywhere. Here in Starks, where gambling is legal and the swamps look like alligator habitat, I will sleep. No worries, I'm inside the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church and I'm 27 miles from the KKK capital of America. They had a rally in College Station about 200 miles from here about a decade ago. See what all the people who are stuck on the Adventure Cycling Association map are missing out on. My fist glass flat wasn't realized until I rolled into town. The good news is that I spent the evening relaxing by changing my tube and cleaning my chain. The bad news is that it is now 71 miles still until Basile. This is where a package is waiting for me patiently. We'll see if I make an early enough start tomorrow to make it by 4:00pm when the post office closes.
9.4 ave - 21 max - 3:57:26 time - 2042.3 odo