By: Revanche

Catching up and Cookery Sunday: Crusty Bread

April 8, 2012

A change is as good as a rest. But a change and lots of rest is WAY BETTER. It’s been a year since our last break from work. I haven’t taken more than a day off, if that, barring regular holidays which tend to be eaten up by chores and obligatory trips home that are like work, for that long. That’s leaving aside SDCC which is All Things Wonderful but also go-go-go, so I forget what it’s like to be without an agenda, without a schedule and without early mornings unless you really really want them.

This year between vacations strategy is Doing It Wrong. It’s making me really really want my fat cushion of vacation time back so that I don’t feel like I have to wait a year to squish together enough days for a respectable amount of time off.  Of course that was because I didn’t take more than two days off in 3 years or something like that in the first place… ew.  There must be a better way to store it up like a barrel of nuts for winter.

I’ve been drained to the verge of breakdown for weeks, nay months, now and a rest was really very much the ticket. I always forget how much that can help.

And go figure, someone, not sure who but my boss ‘fessed up as a possible culprit, was a disease vector for small child germs which we all know are 150x more potent than adult germs. *eyeroll*  If it’s not one thing ….

Anyway, with the exception of one set of numbers I’m still waiting on (shaking fist in PiC’s general direction), I could finish our taxes but since I can’t, I’m actually considering filing an extension. That’s pretty depressing for someone who’s always filed by February 15th.  Le Sigh, another victim of marriage compromises: my above average tax filing sprints!

Posts for Perusal

My posts at the Carnival of Personal Finance: 3 new habits: baby steps to better health & When mind and math meet: making dreams a reality

CS Daley asked Are You Happy?

Frugal Babe says Negativity Gets Us Nowhere, making a similar point to my fairly grumpy version of the same point in I’ll take Bootstrapping for $400 please, Alex: If you want something, figure out what worked for other people and make that your own. Saying “well, but..” only prolongs everyone’s agony.

Below Her Means‘s former, let’s be honest crappy, psychiatrist, is depressing. And that’s private practice! Health care being offered is rather shambolic, and the quality of health care even when you pay hand over fist is terrible. Ugh.

Little Miss Moneybags is about as good at answering the door as I am. (Minus a big brave dog peeking between her legs.)  And then forgetting about it about ten minutes later. We must be cousins!

A Recipe

Thanks to @ShaiUnfiltered’s Pinning, I was introduced to this revelatorily simple Crusty Bread recipe. I even got to break in the new Le Creuset, the Lamborghini of our kitchen that has been in the cupboards for months because I couldn’t think of anything good enough to try. Go figure, I’d use it for the world’s simplest bread recipe. Note: It’s flippin’ heavy. (The pot)


3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours. Overnight works great. Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

2 Responses to “Catching up and Cookery Sunday: Crusty Bread”

  1. Shelley says:

    Gosh, that crusty bread sounds delicious! We’re just back after six weeks in Australia, so I’m waaaay behind on reading and commenting. Looking forward to catching up on what you’ve been doing!

  2. Thank you for including me!

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