Monday, January 1, 2018

one day into the new year and i've already cried about bread

At the beginning of 2017 I decided one of my goals for the year was to bake some bread from scratch.  For 364 days that didn't happen, and then last night at 11:45 I threw together some dough, left it on the temporary plywood counter to rise, and kissed 2017 goodbye.



This morning Matt and I talked about our goals and plans for this year, and then his brother Dave came over to help him do some work in the kitchen while I sat downstairs and enjoyed the Rose Parade and bowl games like God and the NCAA intended.

When I would hear things from upstairs in the kitchen like "I don't think that burning smell is anything to worry about," and "I'm almost positive this beam isn't weight bearing" I just turned up the volume on the TV because ignorance is bliss.

I did pop upstairs to make myself some Ramen noodles for lunch because I LOVE Ramen noodles and I'm not even one bit sorry about it.  My sophisticated culinary palate is unmatched.  When the water started boiling I dumped the noodles in and went about my business, not realizing that I also dumped in the seasoning packet which was boiling and melting away.

I tried to cover up my mistake but Matt and Dave saw it before I could dispose of the evidence.  Matt shook his head while Dave thought it was the most hysterical thing he's ever seen.

Later in the afternoon I popped back into the kitchen to put the bread in the oven, but first the directions said to pull it out of the bowl and onto a well floured surface.  I dumped probably at least a cup of flour on the counter and proceeded to spread it into a nice thick layer, when Matt glanced over and exclaimed "WHOA what are you doing?"

It turns out my flour application was a little liberal, and when Dave turned around to see the state of the counter he laughed so hard I didn't think he was going to be able to catch his breath.  I promised him that I am a halfway decent cook, and to please not judge my cooking abilities on my Ramen noodle mishap and flour overestimation alone.

An hour later I pulled the bread out of the oven and despite all of their earlier laughter, the crowd legitimately went wild.  I am not kidding, the boys LOVED it.  We spread some butter on it and all stood at the counter devouring our slices.



Matt's brother left a while later and Matt was brave enough to man the grill in the 6 degree temps while I stayed inside and got the side dishes ready, except I couldn't find the bread.  When Matt came back in and I asked him where it was, he said, "Dave loved it so much that I sent the rest home with him."

And that's when some emotional, carbohydrate loving reflex kicked in and I STARTED TO CRY.

Matt immediately said "I'm only kidding! I would never give it away! It's in the oven to stay warm!" but it was too late. 

He'd seen me cry actual tears over a loaf of bread.

It was a low point.

But I bet there will be more tears tomorrow at lunchtime when it's back to reality and I'm eating a salad instead of warm bread and butter.

20 comments:

Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real said...

I'm so glad the bread turned out well! One time I almost cried over making truffles. We've all had a moment like that girl.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

No, one should not even joke about giving away fresh bread. Unless there's lots more on hand. I gave away several loaves for Christmas, but I make four loaves every couple of weeks, so we're never going to run short. If I made it infrequently, I would totally hoard it.

Yay for you making bread. It looks awesome. There is nothing better than fresh bread with butter melting into it.

Danielle said...

Would you be so kind as to share the bread recipe? :)

Once when I was hungover I dropped my leftover Potbelly sub on the floor (it rolled right off the cookie sheet I had warmed it up in the oven on) and I sat on the floor and cried. Then I ate it anyway. I feel ya.

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

Sounds like some amazing bread!

Rebecca Jo said...

I'd cry too. Ive always wanted to try it... & yours turned out so beautiful. Look at you Domestic Goddess

Julie said...

I think I would have cried too!

Nadine Lynn said...

I am crying about bread right now as I read this and wonder why I am doing Whole 30 when there is bread to eat?? LOL

BLovedBoston said...

I mean could it have turned out any better?! Way to get it done! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

Audrey Louise said...

Oh noooo!! (But yay for making bread!) At first I honestly thought it was sweet of Matt to send the bread home with his brother because he loved it, but then I thought it was ever sweeter that he knew better than to do that! Lol! Bummer about those escaped tears, though. Lol!

rooth said...

Homemade bread is the best, isn't it!? Good job!

Abbey Peralta said...

I would have cried too! That bread looks AMAZING! Yay for completing goals in the last minute :)

Michelle said...

Homemade bread is totally worth crying over!

Ali Arnone said...

lol, awwww! i totally relate to this because hormones do weird things. i was watching the end of the movie Sister Act last week and got weirdly emotional and it really confused me. that bread looks bomb, though!

Mimsie said...

I love your blog. You are a great writer. Happy 2018, and many more baking successes in your new kitchen.

Susannah said...

Woohoo for making bread from scratch!! I've made it in a breadmaker but ever in an oven! And BBBBBBOOOOOOOOO for even joking about giving it away!!!!!

julie @ a hopeful hood said...

Hahaha I love your writing so so much!! My sophisticated culinary tastes are also unmatched, as seen in how I also love Ramen. It's the best. And I would have cried too if Devin gave away my 2017-goal-completion bread!

sara [at] journey of doing said...

That's the most beautiful loaf of bread I've ever seen, so I definitely think tears would be in order. That's just mean. lol

Rachel said...

Homemade bread is pretty much the most amazing thing ever...and yes, I can imagine crying over being told that the rest of the loaf was given away and I don't get to eat it all myself.

Hena Tayeb said...

aww..
glad your bread turned out good.. it looks great.. got my mouth watering.

Faith said...

Hahaha, to be honest that would have been my reaction too! Don't mess with a girl and her bread! And now you have me wanting to make bread from scratch. Adding it to my goals for this year!