Daily bread

I find that when it’s tipping with rain outside, and you’ve got to wait in for a delivery, and you’re shattered from a very demanding thirteen hour shift the day before, and everyone else is at work or school, one of the nicest things to do is to spend the morning pottering around the kitchen cooking and baking.

This morning I made yogurt, two loaves of bread, a cake, sweetcorn fritters (for the freezer), tomato pasta sauce (also for the freezer), and bolognese sauce.

I had a pot of coffee in one corner of the kitchen, the radio in another corner, and the back door open so that I could hear the chickens grumbling about the rain out in the garden. Radio 4 had some very interesting programmes this morning: the bishop of Gloucester guest editing Woman’s Hour (I particularly loved the piece by the seamstress who designed and made the new bishop’s cope and mitre), Stella Rimmington doing some detective work about the World War One nurse Edith Cavell’s links with espionage, and then a sweetly old-fashioned dramatised Miss Marple story.


After lunch, I retired to the sofa with a slice of new bread and jam to watch a film (Amélie) and do some knitting. Fresh brown bread and jam is one of the nicest things to eat, don’t you think?






4 thoughts on “Daily bread

  1. I saw your instagram photo and came straight over. My first time commenting, (though I’ve often read your blog) and your post has nudged me out of lurking -finally – because your writing conjured up such a contented morning in your kitchen, especially as it was fairly similar to mine. Bedraggled hens, radio 4 and baking – carrot cake and de-stoning a glut of plums. Then a bit of knitting.
    That bread looked good, and yes, bread and jam is hard to beat.


  2. Yes indeed..especially with black currant jam! I’ve had a baking day, two fruit cakes, shortbread, a tea and honey cake (Pinterest special) and a raspberry Bakewell cake. All for the local tea shop! But satisfying none the less.x


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