So, I began to make a list of the things I love doing.
The simplest method I use to decide whether I like doing something is the “time flies” (AKA -“I’m in the zone”) test.
In my opinion, anything you do and get so immersed in that you lose track of time is something you probably enjoy doing.
My current list consists of:
*exercising. (not 100% of the times though).
*cooking. (again, not 100% of the times)
*gardening. (100% of the time!)
*tidying up and cleaning. (def not 100% of the time!)
*experimenting in the kitchen.(100% of the time.)
*others- sleeping, eating, reading, etc.
My latest experiment was a challenging mind game :
Will I be able to overcome my fear of baking bread?
To make a boring story short: I baked the bread. won the mental game.
But was it worth it?
I used a simple recipe, and whole spelt flour.
Yes, it’s the same picture as above.
It did rise nicely and tasted really nice the day it was baked, but then I realized slicing homemade bread (at least my homemade bread) is not as smooth as cutting store-bought bread.
I couldn’t slice thin slices, so now every time someone wants a small piece of bread, they end up piling on a huge piece instead.
That’s definitely a downside- the bread isn’t that cheap to bake at home if you end up finishing it in 2 days instead of a week, and no need to wonder why you feel heavier either.
The other thing is-
The thing about homemade bread, in my experience, was the hassle of babysitting the bread while it bakes, so as not to miss the exact minute it is fully baked but not too dry.
Unlike buns, which are simple and easy to check on (tap the bottom side, it should be brownish and hard and make a hollow sound), bread is more complicated to handle, so I ENDED UP SITTING IN FRONT OF THE OVEN THE WHOLE TIME AND CHECKING AND RE-CHECKING.
This was too much for me.
Add to that the stress of worrying the bread would stick to the pan, the inside will be soggy, it won’t freeze well, and other worries about where the world is going to-
It wasn’t worth it.
I think I will continue baking my spelt buns, and let bakers do their thing.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.