A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness–
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
Translated by Edward FitzGerald (5th ed)
Omar Khayyam was not wrong, the best pleasures are the simple ones. My favourite simple pleasures, like his, include a loaf of good bread. However, I like a little cheese with it and perhaps some pickle, and beer will oft take the place of wine when I dine with my loved one.
I too am fond of verse — alas my dearest and nearest is less enthusiastic.
Bread is featuring large in my life right now and it seemed like a good idea to dedicate a blog to my pursuit of perfection in the home-baked loaf. Of course there are many bread-based blogs these days, so what is my particular USP and why should you bother to read me?
I include cheese!
That is, I plan to include some home-made cheese and some chutney. I may as well season it all with a little verse and the odd apt quotation.
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