Saturday mornings are my favourite ‘me-time’ . My husband normally sleeps in after a week of getting up at 5am, my daughter is usually playing with the kids next door, or listening to music and reading or drawing in her room, and I get to do my own thing. But it feels different to the rest of the week when Rory is away and Dakota is at school. It feels less alone.
Some weeks I get up early and visit the local farmer’s market. It is a small but satisfying treasure trove of fresh Cornish fish, organic fruit and veg, artisan olives and cheeses. Often I round this up with fresh baked almond croissants from the health food shop, or a quick Italian coffee and a flip through OK! magazine at the local coffee shop. Other Saturdays I stay in my jammies and settle down to trawl the blogosphere with a cup of hot coffee and a slice of toast with homemade marmalade, and some mornings I bake. I always do my best cooking when all is right with my world and for me that means:
All the people I love are close at hand, the house is full but peaceful and it is the perfect time for making bread. Today it was a quick process. I let my sourdough overnight in the fridge and all I had to do this morning was bring it to room temp while the oven heated, slash it, spritz the oven and bake. A quick refreshment for tomorrow’s loaf and I’m set.
An hour later and I am sitting at my kitchen counter with a hot cup of coffee, a pile of recipe books and the heavenly sweet sour smell of a warm loaf offering me inspiration for lunch. My mind wanders over the contents of my fridge and quickly settles on all Rory and Kody’s favourites.
Charcuterie, cheese, homemade piccalilli and fresh salad leaves. Shavings of Parmiggiano Reggiano, a sprinkling of Maldon salt, a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar on the Parma ham and a drizzle of grassy green extra virgin olive oil on the Bresaola. Easy peasy, now I can concentrate on important things like Jamie, Yotam and Hugh, booking flights to Cape Town, and what to make for dessert.
Sigh! I love Saturdays.
As I make bread so often I have decided to start a bread page. So please visit it for a recipes and inspiration on a selection of my favourite loaves. Starting with today’s French country sourdough. (coming soon)