procrastibaking pp. Putting off an important or urgent task by baking. https://t.co/1M44Yj17d2— Word Spy (@wordspy) June 27, 2018
In St. Vith, Belgium, there’s a most unusual library. Unusual, that is, because the objects on its shelves need to be fed every few months. Burbling away in refrigerators are 105 sourdough starters from around the globe. The Puratos Sourdough Library is the only one of its kind. pic.twitter.com/JV1bFWlOgg— Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) May 24, 2018
A baker and his wife proudly show off their freshly baked goods. An old inscription on the back of the painting gives the couple's name. The boy is also mentioned; he is the painter's son. Jan Steen combined several genres in a single painting. It is simultaneously a portrait, a depiction of a profession, and a still life of bread. The Baker Arent Oostwaard and his Wife, Catharina Keizerswaard, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1658 #rijksmuseum #amsterdam #art by @rijksmuseum
The process probably hasn't changed much in the intervening years. I wonder if those are pretzels hanging in the background. They're one of my next baking projects.
I haven't made very much challah lately, but there's an article in this week's Times that shows a way to braid a loaf with six strands of dough (and the ingredient list includes orange juice and olive oil). That's an invitation to get busy once all the holiday baking is done with.