Tiny specks of thoughts / Karin Schmidlin's blog
Karin Schmidlin's blog. Findings from my online and offline travels.
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Making Christmas gifts. All hand-made, paper, glue and a lot of time.

Making Christmas gifts. All hand-made, paper, glue and a lot of time.

Here is a good quote coming from Jeffrey Zeldman, Usability Expert:

"Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration."

lauricesolomon:

Lol, what Delma’s gonna miss the most.

lauricesolomon:

Lol, what Delma’s gonna miss the most.

Banksy, Biplane Loveheart, Liverpool via unurth.com

Banksy, Biplane Loveheart, Liverpool via unurth.com

Let’s start out by saying that I am not the most patient person. I want results, and I want them now. I have a hard time sitting around for things to unfold naturally and have a tendency to jump in headfirst. Then I came across this article in the New York Times about a baker who is applying a 6000-year-old approach to baking a loaf of bread. It’s beautiful in its simplicity; it is so easy that I didn’t believe it until I tried it myself.

There are no tricks, no kneading, no special ingredients, other than the usual suspects; yeast, water, flour, a bit of olive oil and time. Lots and lots of time. That’s where the patience lesson kicks in.

Here you go:

Sponge

1 cup of four

1 cup of water

1/8 of a teaspoon of dry yeast (dissolve in a tiny bit of warm water first)

 

Whip together and pour the almost liquid substance in a bowl. Cover with plastic, an empty plastic bag will do, and put on a dry place for at least 12 hours. I let mine sit for 24 hours, remember, I’m teaching myself patience here.


 Dough

¼ of a teaspoon of dry yeast (again, dissolve first)

2 cups of flour

I teaspoon of salt

1 gulp of olive oil

2/3 cups of water

 

Add to the sponge and mix with a spoon. Let sit for another couple of hours or until the dough doubled in size. Then pour into a baking dish (or cast iron pan) cover! That created the moisture for a delicious crust! Bake at 400 for about 1 hour. Take the lid of, and bake uncovered for another half hour. That’s it! Best bread baked and lesson learned.

These are the wonderful guys who did my move. Great company, cool Van, and really cool Tshirts.

These are the wonderful guys who did my move. Great company, cool Van, and really cool Tshirts.