Thursday, November 17, 2011

a modest sourdough

What a struggle it has been to get any work done this week. Meetings and moments of quiet reflection were constantly interrupted by the ping of imagined incoming emails from readers imploring me to share a photograph of my homemade sourdough bread.



Feed no shop-bought bread to progeny, battalion or beast
(Don John of Austria is measuring the yeast) 

Hesitantly, modestly, humbly, I do so.

At airports worldwide, illusory demands came plaintively through the Tannoy, seeking only a single close-up shot of the inside of the loaf, displayed, ideally, on a cheerful cottage-style pink tea towel.


Pause the ruin of Europe and be deaf unto its dread 
(Don John of Austria is buttering the bread)

Blushingly, I comply.

43 comments:

  1. I fear that soon it will become compulsary, by European blogging law, to read PFW only when clad in an home-made apron, of vintage Liberty fabric, and dusted with wholemeal organic flour, ground by hand in the garden shed-cum-studio. I will then be relegated to those who listen to snippets of what Others have read on PFW. Until then, I am avid! You are divine!

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  2. I would love to spend just one day inside your head.

    p.s. love the bread.

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  3. I would love to spend one day eating your bread.

    P.s. love your head.

    xo jane

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  4. Oh so glad to see your comment option back up! I love the smell of a good sourdough. My aunt used to make sourdough pancakes made from starter she kept on the kitchen counter. Mmmmm.

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  5. A parody of Chesterton, and sourdough ... would you care to opine on cheese?

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  6. Hello Mise:
    The Middle East may be in chaos, Italy ruled by technocrats and the Euro on the point of collapse, but as long as there is a loaf of 'modest' sourdough bread on a pink cloth somewhere 'Pretty Far West' in Ireland, then we can, and will, all sleep easily in our beds.

    How we wish that we could creep into your kitchen right now and whisk that delicious looking loaf away to have for our breakfast. Homemade bread - can there ever be anything better?

    Dear Mise, jó hétvégét.

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  7. Mise you are priceless. I am so glad I found your blog. The sourdough bread looks wildly impressive, but it is your humour that tickles me pink.

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  8. Geez mate thanks for this. I'm back on the No Fat Ever Again diet with MOTH & just the sight of this glorious loaf has made me weak at the knees. Off to think of appropriate pay-back, watch out.
    Millie xx

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  9. Cruel to show photos of bread at 10 a.m. EST to those of us who have none. And to turn off commenting on previous post, thus eliminating opportunity for witty word play on ghetto/gateau, now lost to memory.

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  10. I really am losing the plot, I read the title as Soda Bread, looked at the picture and thought 'how did she get her soda bread to look like that?' I'm jealous, I want bread like that.

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  11. I'm so relieved that the sourdough is modest. The immodest kind is much less welcome.

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  12. Truly a master of bread making, amongst so many other, amazing things.

    I bow down to your yeast and flour skills oh masterful Mise.

    Glorious weekend to you my Irish friend.

    xx Deb

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  13. Crikey - Do I risk sending you the beer bread recipe? OK Here goes: 3 cups of plain flour. 3tsp of baking powder. 35ml beer (I reckon you should try Guinness just to see!), a small spoonfull of sugar. Mix together and put into a bread pan. Pour over some melted butter - with added salt crystals for flavour and French twist - then cook for 50-55mts at 180°
    Warning - may not last long enough to be able to take a photo on cottage style pink tea towel ;-)

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  14. Sorry that I'm so late with my comment Mise but, I had to go and change into my hand knitted cardigan, Bohemian maxi skirt and Peruvian hand knitted hat before I could feel properly dressed to even read your sourdough post.
    Now I am worthy. XXXX

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  15. You are slowly but surely drawing the girl I once was out of this soccer mom facade. I am in love with this blog - there is way too much blue in my life, thank goodness for Mise. Love that bread but especially love the pink tea-towel.

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  16. Magnificent. I bought some organic sourdough the other day and it looks somewhat like yours, Mise, but of course, not as good. And they failed to display it so fetchingly, so I must impose a further points deduction from their efforts.

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  17. i know the efforts, twists ,turns, jumping through loops and somersaults that are the prerequisties of sourdough making , i have been that solidier and i have lost that battle ..
    there is nothing modest about this , NOTHING !

    can i have 2 slices please

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  18. Dearest Mise

    Soudough, Soda Bread, Welsh Cakes, fairy cakes, pancakes what delightful breads you tempt us with. I would even be happy visiting you and having some fried bread. I would only demand a napkin of pink linen embroidered with the flowers of the Burren.
    Slan
    Helenxx

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  19. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos of your bread. It looks like you've mastered sourdough! I certainly haven't.

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  20. Wow Mise, that looks amazing! Very impressed, you have inspired me to go and make bread!

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  21. Come here and make me some. Oh, wait, I meant to say please.

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  22. impressive. clearly you rock. that is all
    ~laura x

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  23. Hey Mise
    You make it impossible to keep of wheat!! Please airmail me one loaf pronto!! xxx Julie

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  24. I am in love.... (A becoming vision of me blushing coyly leering over the computer screen.)

    Stephanie

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  25. Adorable you. Your fans are waiting in the wings. I'm among them.

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  26. man you make me stinking jealous. that is something i am never going to be able to do!!

    or perhaps when the day finally comes that i have a decent kitchen, i might just have a transformation. xx

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  27. I am so glad you headed the calls Mise!
    Thank you and so much for this!
    Pause the ruin of Europe and be deaf unto its dread
    (Don John of Austria is buttering the bread)

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  28. Mise you are hilarious! Your sourdough is making me hungry : )

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  29. Well I am really impressed Mise. First with the yoghurt perfection and now with the sourdough. That bread looks amazing - modesty be damned. So next I think it should be the raspberry jam to go on the warm bread, straight from the oven. Have you styled that one up yet?

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  30. Sorry I have not called by for awhile but we have been busy with the olive harvest, your bread certainly looks tasty.

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  31. Ahhh what is more heart-warming than a loaf of (rather delicious looking) homemade bread? Said (delicious looking) loaf on a cheerful cottage-style pink tea towel.

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  32. I had Saturday all planned out with Targets and Lists and everything .
    Ah well , where's my pinny ...

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  33. hummm lovely!
    as lovely as your blog. very very nice! :)
    big hug

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  34. Thanks for the comment left on my blog about Hugh F-W. I am such a beginner at all this, I have no idea if you will see my reply! So here it is:

    'No - sadly I don't, but I bet it was delicious! Some of your sourdough bread would have gone down a treat! With the wonderful yoghurt cheese I buy at our market - Lebanese recipe I think.
    I'm in Sligo - a pretty wild Sligo tonight.
    Very nice to hear from you - love your blog - am hooked into following!'

    I also love the comment under 'Leave your comment' above - wish I could find a way of doing similar on mine. Still a long way to go...

    All the best

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  35. I'm so glad you gave in to public demand Mise, I can now sleep safe, knowing exactly how the ideal sourdough should look!
    thank you
    x

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  36. That looks amazing, Fair play to you!

    Take care

    Denise

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