It is interesting how those of us remaining in our homes in respect for limiting the spread of the coronavirus are coping. From face book I realize that many of us are using the time to go through stored things and decide what is worth keeping. Just as many of us are staying in touch with friends through face book. My blog last week about childhood piano lessons generated not only many visitors to the blog but also more comments on face book than any other blog I have posted. Obviously, I was not the only one to take piano lessons from a teacher who used the Thompson's Piano teaching series of which I posted a picture! I loved the comments, and I hope everyone enjoyed last weeks' blog.
A photograph from a very special niece and her husband inspired this weeks' blog, especially since the text sent with the picture included the fact that the bread was made with their last package of yeast. (For privacy reasons, I have cropped the picture, but our niece is lovely!) Here is my slightly modified reply to her and her husband:
What is it about the idea of homemade bread that sent so many people to the store for yeast during this coronavirus threat? Bread has not run out...like toilet paper...but yeast has. There must be people who haven't baked bread for years who remembered the comforting aroma of baking bread and wanted to fill their homes with that comfort in a discomforting time.
A few months ago,, I decided to get out the bread machine (remember when those were so popular?) that was gathering dust in storage. We bought dry yeast and I tried a few new recipies, but when the yeast ran out, we didn't buy more. Yet, in the early days of our nation's recognition that the coronavirus had reached America, when my husband went to do our shopping, I added yeast to the list. I was too late. Already local shoppers had emptied the stock of yeast from the shelves. Was it shoppers who were experienced bread makers, or did some unknown "expert" suggest stocking up on breadmaking ingredients?
We have frozen bread, so we are not close to running out. My husband likes sandwiches for lunch, but I only eat a slice or two from most packages. What was it that made me add yeast to the list? Why am I slightly discomforted that, even with our frozen loaves, we can't buy yeast?
I think it is really the comforting aroma of baking bread that I want more than the bread.
But it is also the comforting memory of past times and the feeling of family that is part of that aroma. When I received the photograph of Tonia and her baking, it was almost like a visit. I could practically smell the aroma from their kitchen.
I hope this blog awakens memories of the mix of aromas from family kitchens of all of you who follow this blog--followers that come from countries around the world. What a delicious mix of fragrances that would be if all the cooking from all the countries of readers of my blog could only reach my kitchen. I can almost smell the loaves being baked, the pots being stirred, the fish being fried, the spices used for seasoning... Stay safe and healthy, wherever you are.