Saturday, August 4, 2012

Back to Center

Thank you all who left comments on my last post with such great suggestions on how I could regain my inspiration. The one I heard most clearly was: don't force it. Just have fun with it all! That's when I realized that I simply don't feel like painting at the moment. I might again this afternoon or tomorrow or in a month, but right now, I don't. 
And then I thought about what always brings me back to center. Always! Even as a teenager. And that is baking. It doesn't really matter what. Baking puts me right back into my happy place.  It's the process that calms me, that orders my thoughts, that allows me to be in the moment.
And nothing more so than bread. Not the quick bread I usually make (see here for recipe), but the slower method.
It's the measuring, mixing, kneading, waiting while it rises, kneading again, forming the loaves, waiting again for another rising, and again while it bakes that is so soothing to me. I can't really describe it. It gives me the feeling that all is well with me and world around me.
The resulting loaves of delicious, fluffy, crunchy bread are just a happy side effect of the process I love so much. The bread I made here uses 7-grain-cereal and is wonderful! Click here for the recipe. It's well worth making!
This morning I had a slice of it toasted with some honey. Heavenly!!

And with that I wish you a most wonderful start to your weekend!



  1. Liebe Silke,

    ich wünsche dir viel Freude und Sonnenschein.

    Alles Liebe


  2. You've made me hungry - I can even smell that bread!

  3. I feel the same way about baking bread. The whole tactile experience brings me into a simple world :-)

    About painting: "ride the horse in the direction she's going"

    Love love

  4. Oh that bread looks so yummy!!! Wish I was there to share some with you!!

  5. Liebe Silke,
    das Brot sieht sowas von lecker aus. Am liebsten würde ich sofort alles aufessen. Aber geht ja nicht. Kann ich mir schlecht aus deinem Post klauen.

    Deine neue Malerei ist übrigens wunderschön geworden.
    LG Sabine

  6. Dear Silke,
    Richard made some of his gluten free cheese rolls today. They are so good. He has baked for many years too, he has had to because of his gluten free diet. You can buy gluten free bread but it's not very good.

  7. Glad you're doing better, Hon! Echat soon xxoo