Bread has been around virtually since the beginning of time… A staple in many diets but also something to be avoided in many cases…I mean who has eaten that tasteless sliced bread which sticks together and makes for a very unappetising sandwich ?
Bread is made in many different ways and from many different flours it comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and is also prepared in so many different ways around the world…
Bread may be leavened by methods which have a reliance on naturally occurring microbes as in the process of bread making using sour dough, or by using chemicals which are used as is industrially produced yeast or even now high pressured aeration… In commercial breadmaking. Some of the bread making processes would now probably cause many traditional bakers to turn in their graves. Because of this there has been a revival and an upsurge of traditional Artisan bakeries springing up which is good for all of us who appreciate good bread rather than the mass produced unhealthy rubbish which maskerades as a loaf of bread …Whoever said this is the best thing since sliced bread was obviously deluded.
Bread is basically flour, water, yeast and a small amount of salt. If it is properly made and allowed to rise properly and yes it takes time but as bread rises it is also fermenting. Fermentation neutralises the part of the wheat protein that is most likely to trigger bowel disease and other auto immune diseases and inflamation which is a reaction to gluten.
Of course using traditional dry or fresh yeast and adding no preservatives or other additives means the shelf life of the bread is shorter and the bread is best eaten the day it is baked …
But who doesn’t love day old bread toasted ? It also makes lovely breadcrumbs for making stuffings or for coating meat or fish alternately freeze the odd bits and make a bread pudding there is no excuse for wasting good bread.
Bread can come with the addition of fruits, nuts and other fats it is also served in various forms with any meal of the day. It is eaten as a snack by making it into sandwiches, fried used to coat other foods in the form of bread crumbs when frying as it prevents the food from sticking it can be made into bread pudding as an addition to stuffing mixes it has untold uses it also plays an important part in religious rituals and secular culture many sayings or expressions in language refer to bread, in prayer ” Give us this day our daily bread ” or “He stole the bread from my mouth”
Adding other products to bread is fine such as honey, seeds, nuts or fruit as long as it is natural or naturally produced so if you have an artisan baker near you then you are very lucky and enjoy of course in moderation as too much…I am a party pooper aren’t I? but it can have that effect on the waistline…
Did you know that the lottery has funded a Real Bread campaign???
Now we come to the bad bread the bread you really don’t want to be eating …commercially produced bread generally contains additives to improve the flavour, texture, colour, shelf life, nutritional and for speed of manufacturing.
Most bread in the UK is made using the Chorley Wood Bread process which came into being in the 60’s and is still used in many bakeries to this day…The bread is mixed at high speed using intense energy, many additives and preservatives are added, increased amounts of yeast are used and the bread is given no fermentation time.
This modern practise of increasing the yeast element in bread and modern bakery practises have lead to many medical researchers believing that this is a factor in the extraordinary rise in digestive illnesses such as gluten intolerence and coeliac disease.
Who doesn’t stick a slice or two of this into the toaster ? Who hasn’t eaten cucumber sandwiches? the pictures look quite inviting don’t they? But they are empty of healthy ingredients and may aggrevate or cause any illnesses or disease you may have and for what?…They can and should be avoided at all costs…
As a consumer who reads the labels …Yes I do…The enzymes which are used to aid rising and give lightness and freshness to bread DON’T have to be declared in the list of ingredients…Why? Because they are processing aids …REALLY.?..One of the most common is called Amylase which is known to cause asthma and this is also one of the most common diseases among bakers…
So please when you buy bread think about what you are buying…I think it is about time that we all backed The Real Bread Campaign….Don’t you???
Or make your own… And here’s how…
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS
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Until next time…and don’t forget all will be revealed on Tuesday about my exploits in Phuket and how much I gained, lost or stayed the same x