BREAD, BRAS AND POLITICS...
Sep. 4, 2009 7:57 pm
Updated: Sep. 29, 2009 6:51 pm
It never ceases to amaze me that when I get together with my girlfriends, the conversation can go from bread to bras to politics over the coarse of 30 minutes! Never a lull in 4 hours...always something to chat about! Women are wonderful. We come together depressed, exhausted, numb....but always when we leave we are laughing, hugging and ready to return to routine.
Such was our story today. I was exhausted with little sleep the night before, Elaine's lost the hearing in one of her ears..hopefully temporary, Amy was feeling blue,Becky had been running around all morning, Tracy was spinning with too many things to do before college starts........and then we started making bread.
The kitchen aid whirled and buzzed as the 5 of us peered into it hoping to witness the pulling away of the dough...indication that it was ready for the first rise Chatter rose more than the bread. Of course we had to make Panzanella and pan fried potatoes to eat while the bread did it's thing....and so we laughed and talked and laughed and talked and devoured Elaine's amazing Chocolate pie for dessert.
After punching the dough down we retired to the famous brown couch in my living room realizing that we had all eaten way too much! Feet up, slumped in various positions we yakked and yakked about everything under the sun.....why bras never fit, what Obama is doing with Health Care, when would our children all find their paths, why are we all getting thicker around the middle despite exercising and eating right......on and on and on. We sampled our bread with some of Becky's canned apple butter...yum!
We all had smiles on our faces at the end of the day.....friends are great. Friends and food, even better!
One day I'll figure out how to put pictures on this blog.....you should see our bread!
So, here are the recipes from today...........
Panzanella 6 good servings
1 cup olive oil
2 1/2 TBSP good quality WHITE wine vinegar...ie; Pinot Grigio(Italian Wine Vinegar)
3 large cloves garlic, minced.
2 English Cucumbers unpeeled, large dice
8 Roma tomatoes, large dice
16 basil leaves..chiffonade
4 TBSP capers
1/2 cup red onion, small dice
2 red bell peppers med dice
4 cups cubed baguette plus a little olive oil
Kosher or sea salt and fresh ground pepper
toss the bread cubes with a little olive oil, S&P and fry in pan , stirring until golden, set aside
In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic
Add everything else and toss
Add the bread cubes and toss again.
Let this sit maybe 10 minutes or more before serving.
I also serve a little fresh mozzarella cubed for adding on top.
The Bread Recipe was from All Recipes...search for Whole Wheat Seed Bread...it was great and yielded 5 med loaves and 9 med buns. I used a total of 11 cups of flour.
A great day of food and friends!