How to make bread.
700 gms plain flour
a sprinkle of salt
a small scoop of dried yeast
700ml warm water
a big splash of olive oil
some pesto, pinenuts and cheese.
Mix it all up together with clean hands in a bowl and knead until a lovely, warm elastic dough is formed, then put it into a bin bag or cover with a damp cloth and let it rise.
Do some painting for a while then come back into the kitchen to discover the cat helping with the washing up.
When the dough has risen knead it a little more then roll out on a board.
Gather together all the jars of pesto that the young people living in your house have opened every time they were hungry and made themselves pasta with pesto, opening jar after jar. Spread this onto the dough.
Sprinkle with pinenuts.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Roll the dough up.
Cut the dough into wide pieces, then…..
……cut through the middle, almost to the bottom and ……
… open up the roll so that you can see the swirl of patterns.
Put them into the pan and leave to rise, covered again in a binbag or damp cloth and go for a walk on the beach.
Find the place where waves and time and rocks have rolled and shaped stone bowls.
Watch the dogs stand in the light as if between heaven and earth. Get soaked as a fierce storm lashes in.
Then home and turn on the oven to warm and put the risen rolls into the oven at 190 degrees for 25 minutes.
Blog while the smell of bread cooking makes you realise that you forgot to have lunch and then take out the oven and put onto a cooling tray out of reach of dogs until cool ( after burning mouth on at least one, testing to see that it is cooked.)
Photograph at all stages and inbetween all of these things…..
Then take the bread to the laying up supper of the Porthgain rowing club that you have gatecrashed, and been allowed to do so because although you did not row this year, you are quite good at making bread.