The last few days have been so beautiful, weather-wise, that I’ve spent all my free time outside instead of tidying up all the boxes the movers brought last week. I’m resigned to having a mess in the family room for a while, but I wanted to get the upper level fairly tidy before Rob arrives tomorrow. So I decided I would dig in today, since it was gloomy when I woke up and rain was expected.
I had to make room in the cupboards for the stuff I brought up from Minneapolis, which meant rearranging the pantry a little. Half an hour into my cleaning ‘spree’, I found the bags of German bread mix I bought last year (I was disappointed with the first loaf, so I hadn’t made any more) — obviously making bread right that minute was more important than dumb cleaning! It actually didn’t take up much of my time, although it definitely resulted in more dirty bowls for the dishwasher.
I went for a free-form loaf this time, baked on a cookie sheet (not in a loaf pan), and it worked better than before. It still didn’t rise much until it hit the oven, but the texture seems better this time around — it’s more like dense German bread should be. I had two thick slices for lunch, one with a sloppily fried egg and another with sharp Cheddar. I guess some people have a problem with partially-melted cheese (I just put it on the hot bread and let it do its thing) — I feel like cheese loses some of its flavor when it’s melted, but a little heat brings it out just right. (Plus attractive cheese sweat.)
I did get the kitchen cleaned up, in the end, but now the sun has come out, and I do have some broccoli and other starts to plant. So much for productivity.