Why Bread Baking During a Pandemic?
Two mysteries about scarcity shopping at the grocery store during a pandemic. First of all, why toilet paper? And why bread baking?
Why Not Pickling? Why Bread Baking
Overnight, our two local grocery stores were completely emptied of every form of wheat flour and any form of baking yeast. It was almost like those flocks of birds that seem to just know which way to fly innately.
Social media was also chock-a-block full of posts about sourdough starters, and sumptuous photos of freshly baked bread. All of a sudden, I can’t scroll through Pinterest without being gluten bombed multiple times. And even the home-bound desserts people are making are dough/yeast creations, like cinnamon buns. Or hot-crossed-buns.
But why bread?
It’s not keto. People could have gone with home pickling, canning vegetables, making gallons of soup, or making beef jerky in your home dehydrators. But they all chose bread. Or if you needed a break from low-carb, why wasn’t it pies or cakes or cookies? Or teaching ourselves Thai food cooking? No, everyone chose bread…seemingly spontaneously. It was freaky, no?
I chalk it up to people looking for some semblance of safety. Bread is the very symbol of life itself. Our most basic food-stuff. So, I guess it’s no surprise that people were drawn to it when life got scary. Especially in this country where we have incompetence in our Federal government.
In case you care, Thaddeus and I didn’t take up bread baking.
Thaddeus is very good at meal planning and cooking. And I sometimes share in the cooking for some dishes. But his shopping and planning for our food was challenged. We tried to limit our grocery visits to every three weeks. So he had to plan three weeks at a time instead of one week. We had to work around missing ingredients. Like corn tortillas. Another mystery. Not a corn tortilla in grocery stores for the last six weeks. Plenty of flour tortillas. Just no corn.
Anyway, Thaddeus has done a fantastic job of keeping us fed. We’ve actually both been able to lose a few pounds during this time. And we have plenty of toilet paper.
On a personal note, Facebook cruelly reminded me that I would be heading up to Easton Mountain today for the 2020 Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat.
This has left a bit of a hole in my soul for the moment. Or at least it feels that way.
I just can’t seem to stay faithful to one project. Even when it’s a test-knit for someone who assuredly wishes I could. I did get some additional work finished on the Danao Cowl.
But not as much as I might have. I did finish all the stranded knitting portion of the design, so the remainder should go rather quickly. It’s a great design that will be published in 11 days.
Shortly after I took delivery of my Urth Uneek Fingering yarns, Doug, from The Perfect Purl sent me this photo.
It’s the “Close To You” shawl by Justyna Lorkowska. It’s a kit on The Perfect Purl web site using two skeins of Uneek Fingering!
Fortunately, the pattern is free and I started my own immediately.
Evidently, progress on the new GORGEOUS shawl took some knitting time away from Danao. Sorry Crafty Lukas.