A busy day today. While making 100% whole wheat bread (you know how hard that is!), we answered business and social emails, listened to our newest Mozart CD, checked our new herb garden and prepared an invoice for a client.
See our progress photos on the breadmaking below. One technique we are using is the little-known fold and stretch, rather than knead, the dough. IFO highly recommends the following website for the best info, complete with videos, on this subject: http://www.sourdoughhome.com/index.php?content=stretchandfold
Well, we were feeling amazingly sophisticated and talented. Then we read an article about Gianni Agnelli in the WSJ. The writer called him “The Godfather of Style.” Here is the sentence in this wonderfully-written article that stuck with us, describing Agnelli’s essence:
“That slapdash manner is what people tried to imitate: the casual grace, the carefree quality that suggested Agnelli was living the life you would live if only you had the money, the pedigree, the confidence, the luck.”
Since IFO has three out of those four qualities, she can only conclude that pedigree is the critical factor in achieving this high style. That’s no problem. Oriana Fallaci is IFO’s top Italian hero. Fallaci had style, chutzpah and major writing talent. We aspire to her courage and intelligence and, yes, style.
Oriana Fallaci in Part 2 of an interview with Charlie Rose. There’s also Part 1 below, but it isn’t as good. What do you think?
P.S. The bread pix aren’t ready yet. Had to solve a number of problems on the fly. First, we didn’t have enough dry yeast, since we had used half in a McMinnville Bakers Dozen baking project – Babka!
Next issue was not having an egg with which to make an egg wash for the two loaves. We put poppy seeds on them hoping that the plastic wrap wouldn’t stick to the dough too much. Watch for the solutions in the next post!