“Food matters because it’s one of the things that forces us to live in this world– this tactile, physical, messy and beautiful world– no matter how hard we try to escape into our minds and our ideals. Food is a reminder of our humanity, our fragility, our createdness.” Shauna Niequest, Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes.
Perhaps the same could be said of Travel.
It seems that wherever I turned this past week, the topic was airplane behavior. From the Chris Loves Julia podcast to the Today Show to the Travelogue podcast, everyone had opinions and insights into airplane etiquette.
I have to say that I related most to the discussion about kids on planes on the Chris Loves Julia podcast. The gist is this … just be nice. We are all trying. Trying to keep our kids from kicking the seats in front of them, trying to tolerate the kicks, etc, etc. Let’s just act like a community and be kind to each other. Kids are part of our society, they are learning, parents are trying… let’s just cut each other some slack. Chris and Julia are considerably more funny when talking about this, so please please have a listen here. Also discussed is whether you take the opportunity to board early if you are traveling with children? I like for my children (and me) to be on the plane for as little time as possible so often wait to board. What are your thoughts and strategies?
While we are talking about mild annoyances, Travelogue had a podcast this week about different types of travelers and discussed each, including… “the pungent foodie, the arm rest hoarder, the inattentive parent, the Chatty Cathy,” etc. Take a listen and let me know your thoughts… Have you sat next to one of these travelers? Or are you one?
Another fun little tidbit came on the Today Show, where there were claims that the seat you choose on the plane (window, middle or aisle… well, not middle…nobody chooses the middle) reveals something about you. Check that out here. Which seat do you typically choose?
On a completely different note, it’s getting cold (still). Last week, I shared a favorite soup recipe here. This week, I have an accompanying bread recipe. This is an incredibly easy recipe, it just takes a little planning ahead. And all you need is water, flour, yeast, and salt. I’d recommend buying this book by Shauna Niequist, with all of its delicious recipes and amazing insight, including this bread. I’m not a bread person… as in yeast scared me for the longest time (I’m not at all frightened of flying but, yes, am very scared of yeast). But this bread changed all of that. Spread some Boursin cheese on its warm crustiness and you are all set for those chilly winter days. Of course, I didn’t follow the directions exactly, so here is my version…
Ingredients: 3 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of yeast, 2 tsp of salt, 1 1/2 cups of water
Directions: Mix all of the above ingredients together with a wooden spoon and then your hands. Roll into an imperfect ball, place in a mixing bowl, cover with a tea towel, and wait.. and wait.. and wait.. for about 12-14 hours. When you can’t wait anymore, heat the oven to 450 degrees and place an empty Dutch oven with the lid (I use this one) in the oven. While the oven and Dutch oven are heating, take the bread from mixing bowl and coat with flour. Sprinkle some flour on the counter roll it into a ball and make sure it’s covered in flour. Once your oven beeps that it’s ready at 450 degrees, take the Dutch oven out, put the bread in, lid on, and pop it back into the oven. Wait for 30 minutes, take the lid off, wait 15 minutes more (watching it so the top doesn’t burn), take it out of the oven, slice it, slather it in Boursin cheese, and enjoy.
And for a cabin renovation update…. here is a little progress shot of the kitchen 🙂
BEFORE-ish ( we had already taken out all of the furniture, appliances, and cabinets):
Somewhere in the MIDDLE (paint, lighting, doors):
Now to decide on a cabinet paint color…
That felt like a lot of random information– if you want to save it for later, here is a pin.
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