Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

homemade breadBread has been prepared for at least 30,000 years. The development of leavened bread can probably also be traced to prehistoric times.

For Healthy Eating the inclusion of bread in one’s diet is very important, as bread is a staple food prepared by cooking a dough of flour and water and often additional ingredients. Doughs are usually baked, but in some cuisines breads are steamed (e.g., mantou), fried (e.g., puri), or baked on an unoiled frying pan (e.g., tortillas).

It may be leavened or unleavened (e.g. matzo). Salt, fat and leavening agents such as yeast and baking soda are common ingredients, though bread may contain other ingredients, such as milk, egg, sugar, spice, fruit(such as raisins), vegetables (such as onion), nuts (such as walnuts) or seeds (such as poppy).  In fact you could say bread of this variety is not only one of the healthiest foods to eat, but for those on the run who are very hungry, one of the healthiest fast food choices!

Sometimes, the word bread refers to a sweetened loaf cake, often containing appealing ingredients like fruit, chocolate, nuts and spices, such as pumpkin bread, banana bread or  lip smacking and delicious gingerbread.

Who doesn’t like the smell of Fresh bread?  Whenever I come across the smell of fresh baked bread or bread that is baking, I think back to when I was a child watching my grandfather who was a master baker, prepare and make the various types of breads. One didn’t have to think about healthy eating as the food was not over processed like it is now, crops were grown on soils that were fertilised naturally, where home vegetable gardens were in abundance and we had time to cook quality food.

To me that era was special, the bread had time to rise and did not have the same amount of yeast one finds in the loaves of bread purchased in the supermarkets of today.

To me the only bread worth eating is that found in “Family Bakeries” baked fresh and prized for its taste, aroma, quality, appearance and texture, hmm, healthy eating bread at its best

Hmm Enough!  I am getting nostalgic now, back to the present!

I could go on and on about what you can do with bread. One way I love to eat a crusty loaf of Rye bread, is to get a very small bowl of Virgin Olive Oil, another small bowl of Soy Sauce, and then another dish with some Dukkah (A blend of Moroccan and Egyptian spices).

Poor a Glass of chilled fruity white wine, pull the Rye loaf apart and dip little pieces of the bread into the Olive oil, and then the Dukkah. The taste is sensational.  Another piece of the bread, dipped in Olive Oil, then the Soy Sauce and then the Dukkah – Oh my stars you’re floating in Taste Heaven, then sip the wine.

Gosh, I must stop there, otherwise I could write all night, I have so much to tell you so in my next post, I will discuss the different types of bread available and link you to a video, that teaches you how to make a delicious loaf of wholemeal bread – can you bake bread at home?

Yes! Just follow the simple recipe that will be revealed to you –

So for now, all of us at say goodbye for now, and see you soon!


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