For your reading pleasure this weekend, here are several articles I’ve read this week and found useful, thought-provoking, and otherwise helpful. I’m a day late this time due to an avalanche of distractions. I think I’ll try publishing these on the weekend for a bit and see if my schedule works out better that way.
Last Monday, I set out some goals for the next few months on my path to getting my novel The Gideon Effect published and some objectives for the week. Today, I look back at last week’s list, see how I did, and give myself some new assignments for the coming week.
Last week’s objectives:
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For your reading pleasure this weekend, I’d like to share several articles I’ve read this week and found useful, thought-provoking, and otherwise helpful. It’s been a busy week both in terms of the beta read for my novel The Gideon Effect, and in terms of my numerous research projects as I figure out the next steps on the route to eventually publishing the novel. Last week I realized there may be some value for others in collating the articles I find useful as I go through the process.
I have only recently branched out from baking all-wheat sourdough breads to adding other grains. It all started with a reconstructed recipe for 2000-year-old Pompeiian bread. For this recipe, I used a variety of grains available to the inhabitants of Pompeii, including rye and spelt as well as whole wheat flour. The bread had a rich flavor and hearty consistency. And I had a pantry full of flours with which to explore new recipes. My very next loaf of bread was a sourdough rye bread recipe I found on Breadtopia. Almost as interesting as the recipe itself were the videos that Eric had prepared to demonstrate the recipe techniques. I was quite taken by the Romertopf clay baker he used to baked the rye bread, and vowed to acquire one for myself before attempting the recipe.
I was in luck – one of the thrift stores nearby actually had a clay baker on the shelves. Though there wasn’t as much luck involved as you would imagine: Romertopf and other clay bakers are perennial favorites at wedding showers and such. Usually, the poor recipient has no idea what to do with it, and it’s put away on an out-of-the-way shelf. Eventually, it may wind up on eBay or in a thrift store. Since buying mine, I’ve seen several for sale in various states from cracked to pristine. The one I bought was nicely seasoned and in perfect condition. If you price them online, you’ll find that new clay bakers run upwards of $60.
If you decide you’d like to try baking bread in a clay baker, you probably won’t have to shell out $60 or more if you have second-hand shopping available. And you’ll give a marvelous piece of cooking equipment a second chance and a new home.