With the economy slipping into the great abyss here’s a couple of ideas that might just save us all.
1. Bake a loaf of bread everyday. Debbie’s been doing this and I guarantee if everyone does it we will be living in a different world. It is basically an adaptation of the “no-knead” bread recipe from New York’s Sullivan Street BakeryÂ with a few modifications. (It’s Debbie here now with the details) I have found the flour and yeast used to be very important. I use King Arthur bread flourÂ and SAF instant yeast.(which you can buy from the King Arthur site as well or from Surfas. For my 2nd rise, after Â shaping I place it on a greased sheet of parchment paper and invert the bowl over it fro 1-2 hours. I also deviate from the recipe in cooking time. I bake covered at 500 degrees for 40 minutes and uncovered a 350 for an additional 15. Voila, pretty darn good, very easy home made bread.
2. Teaching 5th graders wood carving. There’s something about passing out little carving knives to 10 & 11 year olds and Â giving Â them a piece of plum wood to start their first project with.Â
Well, maybe things like this won’t save us but they will teach us all to slow down, perhaps even stop, Â and start small.