mmmh … there’s a bit of a theme going on here – lots of yellow and honey on the brain. Must be the lack of local sunshine.
I have to confess to being a soule-mama groupie and on long, quiet nights, can be found sitting up in bed, tea by my side, reading her archives. See, I didn’t find her until the second half of last year, so I’ve got a lot of reading to do before I catch up. Now – the other night, I found an entry about baking bread with honey, and it sounded so good, I had to try it.
And it IS so good. I didn’t follow her recipe because I buy a beautiful bread mix from one of the last family owned mills in Australia - Laucke of South Australia – it is so delicious and pure and good. So last night, when making bread for this morning, I added a tablespoon of honey to my regular Whole wheat dough, basted the top of the loaf with warmed honey, then sprinkled it with rolled oats. :: Quick intake of breath ::
It is beautiful – so moist – so yum! I don’t know if honey does something to the bread – you know, like added vitamin c keeps it fresh for longer. I did a quick google but didn’t find anything. Maybe you know?
Such beautiful bread needs a bread bag – especially since Carol-Ann now has my first one. Out came the osnaberg – I had more luck googling this – don’t you love the name! – it is named after the German city, Osnabruck and is a coarse, durable fabric. It has been made from flax, jute and tow (a mix of flax, jute and hemp) and is now made from short bits of cotton and waste cotton – sounds very practical and thrifty. And perfect for a bread bag.
I added a sunny hunny dresden plate with some wee owls in the centre (it’s that gorgeously perfect Alexander Henry fabric – or Henry Alexander – you know what I mean) …
and after appliqueing it on, pulled out the hot-favourite crochet cotton, and added some olde-worlde quilting. I LOVE it! Makes it look like the dresden plate came from an old cutter quilt. I reckon so :-)
I trimmed the top with some beautiful Finnish lace – thank you Anne! - and added a sneaker shoe lace. Julian has a fetish for coloured converse and replaces the laces with elastic for quick on and off – so I have bundles of pristine laces. Perfect for a bread bag drawstring. Don’t you just love the pretty lace with the workaday osnaberg.
Now our lovely sunny-hunny bread is nestled safely in it’s bag. I love adding crafted bits like this to my home. Makes my kitchen look so cheerful every time I walk in- like it’s winking at me, reminding me that good things happen here, and gives the place a stamp that declares “Lily lives here”.