At the end of the day I am not a professional baker. I don’t own a bakery and certainly do not claim to be an expert in the world of bread or baking. However, I have taught myself to make a reasonable sourdough loaf over the years and this process has led me to all sorts of opportunities along the way.
Two weeks ago my patient husband and children helped to pack up my baking equipment and we hit the road, destined for Home Farm. Amanda and I had been planning and emailing for months and finally the day arrived for us to launch our inaugural Introduction to Sourdough workshop.
Home Farm is a beautiful location and Amanda and her husband Gerard had spent a lot of time ensuring that every tiny detail was taken care of. As the bakers gathered the cheerful kitchen came alive with warmth and productivity and just a tiny bit of flour on the floor and the benchtops.
The focus of the day was firmly on local and homemade food and an opportunity to share the simple things in life. Gerard milled some wheat that went straight into a sturdy loaf and Amanda made some luscious cultured butter with truffle salt that went straight onto our freshly baked bread.
Our group of happy bakers patiently listened as I did my best to share some bread making skills and techniques that I have learnt over the years.
Lunch reminded me of sitting down with nine old friends, although in reality I had only just met most of our participants. Conversation flowed easily between this diverse group of interesting women. We probably could have chatted all afternoon at the table as we enjoyed Amanda’s soup, butter and home preserved cherries and quinces all made with care and love. Oh, and of course bread and a glass of locally made prosecco . But, there were loaves to be shaped and a honey tasting session by Jude from The Feel Good Farm to enjoy.
Everyone who attended our workshop contributed to our day generously, thank you all for your kind contributions.
Bread will not change the world and bread will not fix the big issues. Bread will however bring people together and it is a starting point for conversations and friendships. Thank you to everyone who believes in bread and who attended and supported our workshop.
Happy Sunday, friends x
Thank you to Jennifer Precians for the second and fourth photo in this post.