Hi there, I've been a solitary, eclectic pagan for about 20 years, off & on. I have always felt the draw of the Goddess & have acknowledged Her even when I really wasn't practicing. I'm not Wiccan & I really don't strictly follow a Celtic or Asatru path. I'm not into a lot of New Age hoo-ha that has infiltrated Paganism. I'm currently reading into the 1734 Tradition & Clan of Tubal Cain. I read books on Traditional Witchcraft, the Occult, The Robert Cochrane Letters, Evan John Jones, Doreen Valiente, Robin Artisson, Peter Paddon. I'm on a few Yahoo groups devoted to these topics, as well as others. I tend to stay away Llewellyn books, as I tend to find them on the "Fluffy" side of things. I'm currently learning all about the lost art of Enchantment through gesture & Visceral Magick. I am also a student of Southern & Appalachian Conjure.
I decided that I would try my hand at baking bread. I haven't baked bread in over a decade and those loaves were considered lethal weapons (if ya know what I mean). The other day I went to my local bookstore and got a copy of Betty Crocker's Cookbook. I figured it was time I amped up my cooking repertoire. The first thing I made was homemade mac 'n cheese, simple. Then yesterday, after returning from the Farmers' Market, I cooked up a lovely lamb steak for my son & I. 2 for 2 in the cooking dept.
Today I tackled bread making. The loaves you see pictured are Honey Whole Wheat. It took me about 3 1/2hrs to make them from start to finish.My son was mommy's kitchen helper, doing the dirty dishes as I finished with them. He also helped pour in the flour as I mixed. Oh yeah, I don't have a bread machine (hate them) so this was done the old way. We played the Wii while the bread rose, to pass the time more quickly. I was worried that I didn't knead the bread long enough or if the dough was too doughy, anxiety when you're new to this whole bread making thing.
After cutting the dough in halfI made2 tubes of dough that went into the pans. They had to rise again, so more Wii time for the 2 of us (btw, I kick butt at Wii bowling). After baking in the oven for 45 min, my apt smelled like heaven, the bread came out and cooled. Now mind you, being a natural blonde under my auburn hair, I only then realized that I should've been taking pix, so I grabbed my camera & got these 2 lovelies taken. My son & I had a few pieces of warm bread, butter melting with a drizzle of honey that we got yesterday at the Market. It was a great mid-afternoon snack.
To the lovely Goddess who aided me in the kitchen, there will be an offering of bread just for you tonight.