Breaking Bread (after Baking it)

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by Nandita Iyer on Saturday, January 4, 2014


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"Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food" says Micheal Pollan in his Twelve Commandments for Serious Eaters. Check the nutrition label at the back of a storebought bread and you'll be surprised at the kind of things listed- such as Mono & Diglyceride, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ethoxylated mono diglycerides, calcium peroxide, azodicarbonimide - just to name a few. Now, these don't even remotely sound like food to me, let alone my grandmother.
All it takes for a loaf of bread is flour, salt, yeast and water and using these basic ingredients, I'll show you how EASY and fulfilling it is to make your own loaf of bread. I must also add that no gift is as impressive or intimate as a handmade loaf of bread :)


"Breadmaking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.” ― M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition

I would like to do a demo on baking your own bread - show how easy it is with just a handful of ingredients and using a (un)fancy pair of gadgets that are your hands. The joy of baking your own bread, knowing exactly what went into it and tasting it as soon as it comes out of the oven is an experience not to be missed. I conduct 'Breaking Bread' workshops from my kitchen in Bangalore and I'd like to take this opportunity to share it with you at the Goa project.


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Speaker bio

I'm a medical doctor who veered into nutrition who veered into teaching how to cook, among the other things I do.
Last year, I finally go into executing my long standing dream of teaching how to cook - this includes healthy eating such as salads, occasional indulgences like desserts and basic life skills like baking bread.
I've been a foodblogger since 2006, food writer and columnist with several publications and also conduct workshops on wellness and nutrition for corporates.


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    [-] Nandita Iyer 6 years ago

    If you have any suggestions for me on anything specific you'd like to see related to this demo, do leave me a comment! Thank you.

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