Beer Bread, Staying Connected and Being Creative – The Essentials for Self-Isolation
When you have time to create, bake bread.
I’m feeling slightly weird… Most of us are aren’t we? I’m used to working from home, but not having the freedom to see my family and friends or even buy toilet roll, is bizarre. I feel like I’m in a film and I’m just waiting for that final scene for when this is all over – but it’s not going to end anytime soon.
Other times I feel comfortable. I like this change of pace – I like having time to be creative instead of commuting – I like that, along with many other people, I’ve released the importance of our local farmers and how they don’t rely on big chains to get things to us, so there’s no delays for them. They know when and where they’re getting their produce from, and they can be reliable in a time when things are so uncertain.
How Things Have Changed
Tomorrow we’re having milk delivered to us by the Milkman. I’ve never had milk delivered to my house before but this was a regular thing when Mum was younger. I wonder why things changed and I’m saddened it’s taken something so drastic for us to realise this.
Although I’ve been busy with work, trips to the hospital and moving Nan into her retirement home (just in time I may add), I’ve had some time to think about the things I’m grateful for.
I’m grateful for my family and friends – I took on a lot looking after Nan. I thought I was a long time off having to care for someone but everyone has supported me whilst I have been her rock. I dodged this virus, hired a mover – without knowing fully what I was moving (I forgot the fridge – how do you forget to move a fridge!?) and ran all around North Wales doing her errands so she didn’t have to worry about a thing. But every single time I picked up my phone, someone was there for me.
I’m grateful for technology – without it I wouldn’t be able to talk with my friends, I wouldn’t have been able to look after Nan and I would have definitely lost my sanity. Last week I put up a post about donating old iPads and tablets to my local hospital so the patients and staff could stay connected. I wasn’t disappointed! The hospital is now trailing the iPads and tablets I managed to collect to show how they can benefit the hospital, patients and staff – now and when times are easier!
I Realised I Gained Time
Finally, I’m grateful for time – For the past two days I’ve started my morning being creative in the kitchen. Yesterday was soup, which looked like pond water but tasted amazing, and today I mixed up my normal bread machine recipe and added beer. Why not hey!
Adam’s family have been making bread for YEARS. Sometimes the bread maker comes on holiday with us, so when I saw someone selling a new one on Facebook a few months ago for £20, I bought it. I’m so bloody glad I did too! Being able to bake my own bread at the moment has been amazing. I love fresh bread so I’m grateful for my little purchase a few months ago. Also, it was easier to buy bread flour than actual bread! Winner!
If you’ve got a bread maker and would like to give this ago, my amended recipe is below. It creates a soft, fluffy loaf that smells incredible and tastes it too.
|500g||Strong White Bread Flour|
- Place all your ingredients into your bread machine. I have a Panasonic SD-2500 so I put it on Menu 1, Medium Size and a Dark Crust. This is about a 4 hour bake.
- Allow the machine to knead, rise and bake your bread (my favourite bit).
- Remove from you bread machine and allow to cool before cutting.
- Enjoy with a slither of butter and the rest of the beer!