Monday, March 10, 2008

A Bonanza o' Breads...

Yesterday, Sunday, I had a lot on my "to do" list. Well, a lot for someone who hasn't been doing a heckuva lot for 8 weeks! We are having a surprise birthday party this weekend with the guest of honor and another couple staying overnight. This means not only the birthday dinner (and cake! yay!) but breakfast and lunch the following day. I planned rather easy, mostly make-ahead recipes and I decided that Sunday would be bread- baking day. I needed a bread to go with an Italian tomato soup for lunch, and a French bread for French toast for breakfast that day. In addition, Jack requested another loaf of no-knead bread, and I only have 3 slices left of the loaf I made with frozen bread dough.

As a result (clockwise from upper left):

2 loaves of Rosemary-Garlic bread, No-Knead, 3 loaves of 5-Grain, and 3 boules of French bread

I need to sharpen my bread-dough-slashing knife-- it was fine for the Rosemary bread but pulled at the boules a bit. And I forgot to make the cornbread for the birthday dinner! Oh well, I'll do that later in the week when I bake his cake.

Anyway, I started my 5-hour bread-baking marathon wearing the aircast but soon discovered that my back was starting to complain about lugging it around. So I removed it, wrapped my foot and ankle with an elastic bandage, and pulled on a high slipper. My first time walking around without the aircast in 8 weeks! Needless to say, even though I tried to take frequent breaks and sat down as much as possible, I was awakened several times during the night with pain in my legs and back (but surprisingly, not my foot).

Today was spent doing errands (I've become quite comfortable with using those motorized carts at the grocery stores and KMart), but mostly waiting at the orthopedists office. He told me to start to wean myself off of the aircast, and I shall follow his advice happily!

More recipes to follow as the week progresses...


Laura said...

Wow, Vicci, your Rosemary boules are gorgeous!!!

Kitchen Queen Victoria said...

Thanks, Laura. :) They turned out a bit darker than usual because I was baking a pizza on the bottom rack at the same time, but I think I'll be doing that from now on. And it's a CL recipe, something like Rosemary and Walnut Loaves. I left out the nuts and subbed garlic powder. I've been making this for about 5 years now and it never disappoints!


Nicolette (Nikki) Miller-Ka said...

Have you ever tried to make pita bread? I saw a recipe for it last week and it seemed easy enough...

I don't have the patience it takes to proof good bread. I just want to cook and bake right then and there. I hate sitting aorund waiting.

Kitchen Queen Victoria said...

Hmmm, an extrovert-type who likes to be doing doesn't like to wait around for bread to rise? How surprising!!! ;)

The only pita recipe that ever worked for me was from Cooking Light

Alas, it requires a 2-hour rise!

Have you ever tried to make chipati? It's an Indian flatbread, whole wheat, but not a yeast bread, so you just make and cook on a griddle.

Let me know if you make the pita (or want to try the chipati-- it's great with curry dishes!)


Kitchen Queen Victoria said...

Oops. Here's the rest of the url for the pita if you should be interested:


(I wonder why Blogger "forgot" half of the info?)

Or you might be able to go to the CL website's recipe finder and type in the recipe id #709856...