Now, the last time I made bread was when I was in my 20's. I wanted to make something special for my mom and dad, something with a little artisan flare. I wanted to show the world that I could conquer yeast and kneading and rolling and punching. When I took it out of the oven and accidentally dropped it on the kitchen floor, I think it cracked the floor tile. Needless to say, dad passed on taking a bite for fear he'd end up at the dentist with broken teeth. That was the first and last time I made bread from scratch. I didn't want to hurt anyone with my baking.
Oh but today, now today was fun. After watching Chef Kusuma Rao make a few perfect loaves, I think I can try it again. It looked so easy and if at first you don't succeed, wait 30 years and try again, right? Oh and the variations are endless! Olive bread, cheese bread, garlic bread with whole garlic cloves! The ideas are like a painter's palette waiting for an artist to come along and create beautiful art...or in this case, beautiful bread!
We were also taught how to make a great Cumin Cauliflower Pate and a sort of beet hummus that was to-die-for but the chef wouldn't give us her recipe for that. I guess chefs have to keep some secrets.
If you want to find more information on Chef Kusuma Rao, her website is ruchikala.com.