If there is one thing that has surprised me most since I started blogging is how much I love to bake bread. It was just six months ago today that I posted my very first bread. I made a Fugasse Bread, and I thought I was on the top of the world! Just for fun, follow THIS LINK and read over what I did for that first loaf. If you will excuse the braggadocio, I was pretty pleased with the bread and my writing for that post. I was hooked, and I have been working on my bread skills ever since. Little did i suspect that those skills would come in VERY handy here in paradise. Bread has a couple of things working against it on the island. It is labor intensive to make, and it has a short shelf life. Bread from the states is several days old by the time it gets to the store shelves here. So, quality loafs of bread are expensive. Easily $6 for wonder bread and up to $10 or more for an artisan loaf. So, necessity and cost has given me a wonderful excuse to hone my baking skills.
Today, in honor of my 6 month birthday, I am going to give you several links to recipes I have made in the past week, but also I am going to show you what I do with the bread. Bread is a staple in my menu plans. So, I am going to show you the loafs with links, but also where they ended up feeding us during this last week...
So, i give you a week in the life of an islander bread eater...
Above is a loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread. This is Jackie's bread, as I am not a fan of raisins. She had a slice every day for breakfast.
I also made her some French Toast one evening for dinner... Jackie said it was out of this world good!
I now have a bread recipe memorized... I make MOOMIE BUNS every week. Moomie buns are incredibly easy, easy to adapt and fast. I have gotten into a habit of topping them with my sesame seed/sea salt mixture that adds a little extra once the seeds and salt are roasted. Chicken sandwiches and cheater shrimp po'boys are on the menu most weeks.
This week, I used my Moomie Buns for their intended purpose. I am working on a blue cheese bacon burger, but I have not gotten the blue cheese sauce correct yet, so I haven't posted the meal (anyone have a good blue cheese sauce for a burger???). I have posted the plantain fries with a lime zest/sea salt accent.
And finally, this week I made a loaf of Eng's Bread. Eng's bread is a sweetened French bread.
I love the rotisserie chicken that I get here cheap. SO, an open face chicken sandwich, with some smoked Gouda cheese, broiled for a few minutes to get the cheese that pretty toasted look.
I have already posted the sandwich I made above... My version of a bad Croque Madame!
I made some French Toast...
But you know, deep down, I am just a simple guy eating a simple lunch...
Next week, I will be making a ciabatta bread. I also plan on making some more crackers, and I am sure that a batch of moomie buns will be in the works. Bread baking is a pretty good skill to have.
I have always been a work in progress. Blessed with courage and ignorance, it's been a pretty good 6 months!