a journal of my days,,

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

simple cherry jam on bread under the trees.

We're leaving the city in a little while to spend some time at our property where there are no cars, no people just tress and all who live among them.

As most of my blog friends know we lived all our lives in the country and just moved to the city when Garry became very ill.
We never know what's waiting around the bend and our lives can change on a dime.
Our lives would never be the same.


Adapting to life in the city has not been easy and we still refer to our land outside town as "home".

So I'm packing our loaf to bring, looks all posh doesn't it lol,, oh what we do for blogging,, but in reality I just made a small loaf of bread last night,  flour water ,salt, butter, yeast and sugar , kneaded it up, set to rise, punched it down and then let it rest in the fridge all night, this morning I baked in our convection toaster oven out on our balcony lol.
I have always made bread just as mum and her mum, I find the kneading therapeutic, it calms me,  it's one of the things I can still do with limited sight, I know by the feel if its correct and I have the ingredients saved in my memory so it's more muscle memory than anything, just a simple loaf. I know many say they can't make bread but you can really, you just need to slow down and use your senses, stop concentrating on the recipe and feel the ingredients, the warmth of the water, the feel of the dough as it changes under your fingers, you will know when its done, its a process that uses all our senses.
So then I made jam. Just a pot, cherries, a bit of sugar, a piece of apple and a squeeze of lemon, set slow to simmer, test after a while on a plate from the freezer, does it wrinkle when pushed with your finger when cold? Then its set.
Just simple jam.
You see,, 
we bought cherries yesterday and they weren't as nice as they should have been, still tasty but a bit sour so last night I cooked them down to make a small pot of jam.
So today we will feast under the trees on bread and cherry jam and leave the city behind us.
I hope you all have a wonderful day as well!

20 comments:

only slightly confused said...

Sounds like a little slice of heaven.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Your bread looks so good. How do you get such a lovely dark crust? There's only me now-a-days so I don't bake bread much any longer. But I do love it.

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds wonderful, enjoy, have fun! Hugs, Valerie

Chatty Crone said...

Your bread looks delightful.

You know the art of bread making really takes a lot of talent.
Have a nice trip.
Love, sandie

justjill said...

We have two fruiting cherry trees. It is a race with the Blackbirds to see who gets most, they are winning.

Anne in the kitchen said...

I have never seen your blog before and it is lovely! I have added you to my list of blogs I follow.

Latane Barton said...

There are things in our life that bring us calm, bring us peace. Hey, maybe I need to knead some dough. What you say?

Catalyst said...

Oh, boy, that sounds both relaxing and delicious. Love your bread and the way you make it.

Elephant's Child said...

Your simple pleasures sound pretty close to perfection.
Enjoy your day under the trees.

bill burke said...

That bread and jam sure sounds delicious. Enjoy the country, peace and nature is a lovely combination.

William Kendall said...

Enjoy the time away.

Susie said...

Laurie, I love reading your blog. The making of bread and jam and going home to the country... all things that give you comfort. Blessings to you and your sweet Garry. xoxo, Susie

jaz@octoberfarm said...

with all of my bread baking i have never made a loaf that beautiful! do you put the piece of apple in for the pectin? what a great idea!

Christine said...

Sounds like a wonderful picnic!

Adam said...

I lived in a very uban area of a small city for most of my life. But we got a house now more out in the country. I enjoy less people around.

acorn hollow said...

sounds pretty yummy. So glad you can get away.
I do not know what your husband's health issues are but we were in the same boat 7 years ago a 2 hour drive for a Dr's appointment or for me when he was in the hospital.
cathy

NanaDiana said...

Sounds like a bit of paradise at home to me. What a blessing that you still have your land and can run away from the city when you feel called there. Your bread sounds wonderful and OH fresh cherry jam!!! What a delight!!! xo Diana

Magic Love Crow said...

I hope you had a great time my friend! The way you described making bread, even making the jam, I could feel and smell everything you were talking about! You describe everything so amazingly Laurie! Big Hugs!

tammy j said...

I had the strangest feeling reading this. it's as if time had gone backwards. and it was another century. it was lovely.
I can imagine the smell of bread baking on your balcony delights your whole neighborhood! it's one smell that everybody loves! xo

TheAwakenedSoul said...

The fresh, homemade bread and cherry jam sound scrumptious. Something about tasty food is very healing and therapeutic. (Especially when you make it yourself.) How wonderful that you still have a spot in the country. My front patio and garden give me that feeling. It's so important for mental and spiritual health.