Practical Idling #2: Adventures in Baking Bread Pt1

Over the weekend I was catching up on the new River Cottage TV series, River Cottage: Summers Here. I am a terrible armchair downsizers, I watch all these TV shows and read the books and then don’t do anything about it! I remember starting “The Slow Guide to Downsizing” way back in October last year, which was meant to plot my attempts to grow my own veg etc and give you handy hits about what I had learned (partially to motivate me to do it!). Then I did nothing about it! And here we are in June and it is a tad late for any of that.

Which just reinforces my point that slowing down is not about being lazy or slothful. In fact it is the exact opposite. The fast lifestyle we live, with the convenience food and throwaway culture is the lazy, slothful way of life. Slow is about taking control and making the effort to reconnect with our lives and the things that our fast lifestyle is losing…

So, back to River Cottage. One of the things I have wanted to do for ages and I think a great place to start when reconnecting with our food (the current Slow Movement, after all, started with the Slow Food Movement back in the mid 80’s) and how it is made and where it comes from is to bake bread. It really isn’t that hard (so I have been told) and doesn’t take that long (there is a lot of hanging around and waiting where you can, if you want, go off and do other things). But I have never got round to it. Until now…

One of the episodes of River Cottage showed you how to bake bread and, inspired and motivated by this segment, I have decided to finally give it a bash. I have ordered “Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3 (River Cottage Handbook 3)” and will be posting my experiences, good or bad, on here, maybe even with some pictures and video!  More reports as events develop…

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