Hey Foodie Friends! Yes, I have come out of retirement! Why? Because the earth is completely fucked right now and you got me through hell so many times so I am here for YOU. I am here to support you, answer your foodie questions, offer suggestions and I just realized that my food blog started on April 6, 2009! Eleven years ago TODAY I wrote about Caraway Rye Bread as my first post because I was losing my fucking mind in Nova Scotia being housebound for almost six months a year. Food helped keep me sane and so did you.
I knew last night that I was going to post again and be here for you during this hellish period but had no idea that the anniversary of my blog would be today. Clearly this is what I am supposed to do.
Just a couple of weeks ago I moved into an apartment with friends and their cats, right after the pandemic was announced. I had no idea that once I moved, that would be it. Since then I have not explored the neighbourhood so I am living in a place I have not even really seen.
I left not knowing when I would see my family and friends again. I am still in Toronto but I am on the other side of the city which, for a non-driver, might as well be on the other side of the moon. Just like in Nova Scotia, stuck inside and far away from my loved ones. Bloody hell.
Back To Basics
It took me a long time to feel human again. So many moves in such a short period of time. Packing, unpacking, packing, unpacking…
The other day I finally started to feel human and when I feel human, I want to bake. We had stocked up on some flour and yeast so you know what that means… BREAD!
I decided to go real simple and make my French bâtard bread. This actually required dusting Rebel, my mixer, since I had not used her since I was in BC.
I shared the process on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to help inspire people to get baking. I mean if you run out of store bought bread you can make this with just water, sugar, salt, all purpose flour and yeast. You do not need a mixer, just some muscle to knead the dough for 10 minutes. Bread making is time consuming and what do we have now? Time!
And what to do day old bread? Get some milk, splash of vanilla, sugar, salt and an egg and make…
French toast which browns so nicely in a cast iron pan! I also sprinkled it with a little cinnamon. Yum!
You all got me through hell. Hell of living with chronic anxiety that the outside world was going to kill me, bone twisting physical pain from the cold, my move back to BC, my marriage falling apart, my move back to Toronto, my fall down the stairs…
Now I am here for you. Let me know how I can help. What do you want to know how to make? What will help you get through this time of isolation? I can tell you right now, it is possible. I know it is overwhelming and terrifying but you can do this. We can get through this together.
How can I help?