The dreaded weekends of March and a rye bread recipe to help it along the way
March is turning out to be much as I had expected it: my least favourite month in the whole year. I am glad to see it gone and can only hope that April will bring sunshine and mild temps our way, as well as less colds, less achy body, less sore throats. I mean, these past four weeks have been craaaaazy in that department. Especially where it comes to the weekends.
It's like you go through the whole week just wishing for that weekend to come round so you can do stuff together as a family, so you can go out into the world and have some fun, take some strolls, soak up the sun, enjoy yourselves. You go through the week craving the weekend together, for leisure time together, cooking together, eating together, with all the time in the world in front of you to just... well, be together.
And then, when the weekend finally comes round, either you're sick, or your husband is sick, or the kid is poorly, and all those carefully layed plans that you had set up, those go out the window, and you end up spending the weekends cooped up inside your home, and that's when the weather is good enough to get out there. Because, being March, if everyone is in their best, the weather is sure to be at its worst. Like gales and rain and storms and all.
So that's what we had these four weekends of March. The only weekend someone was not poorly, the weather was lousy. We managed to go out and only do the extremely urgent, like shopping for those indispensable items - I mean, you gotta have food! - because all through this month I have managed to be down with the 'flu two weekends in a row, husband was down one weekend, and now this last weekend, which happened to be a long one, I had a stomach flu to top it all off and prevent us from going away for the Easter hols. Can't be helped, March is as March will be.
Still, we managed to bake quite a lot these past weekends, and I recentlyr ealized it has been a while since I last posted a bread recipe. This one is a rye loaf with poppy seeds that was excruciatingly delicious, so I am repeating this take many more times. Or husband is, for that matter. If you'd like to tag along, this is what you'll need:
- 150 gr rye flour
- 200 gr strong bread flour
- 200 ml luke warm water
- 9 gr fresh yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-2 tbsp good olive oil
- 1/2 cup poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup mixed oats and nuts and dried fruits and seeds