Going Organic – Baguette Bread Recipe
Going Organic – Baguette Bread Recipe is my first attempt at bread making with good quality yeast. This formula and my efforts to make it correctly marks a new life chapter as well. A bookmark, in which illness features prominently, and triggers rearrangement of people, perspective, and prospect. Whether personally afflicted or as caregivers, disability and struggling with sickness is a concept many understand. Regaining the sense of well-being requires patience, optimism, faith, and strong-will. Ironically, these are some of the same characteristics borne by a stubborn person.
Yes, I Will
At the onset of debilitating illness, it is helpful to understand the impermanent nature of the situation. Therefore, forbearance will engender calm and clarity. Optimism protects against disappointments. Faith is the constant guiding Light. Finally, strong-will is the determination to replace the sound of an unpleasant diagnosis with the coda “To Be Continued. My Story Does Not End Here.” For instance, the story from elementary school, The Little Engine That Could, has an oft-repeated phrase, “I think I can.” This slogan becomes an inspirational maxim; “I know I will.”
Every physical act was an achievement over a body afflicted with agonizing pain. Cooking a meal became unstructured physical therapy, a benchmark of recovery, and imminent independence. Through the act of meal preparation, I learned to safely stand-up for more than 15 minutes at a time. Contrasting, a period lasting nearly two years, I subsisted on cold cereal, rice with beans, and pasta prepared in pre-made pesto sauce. Standing up relatively safely and cooking a repast without collapsing in writhing pain was a significant milestone. From here on, I vowed to change my dietary regimen to include wholesome and nutritious food. Regrettably, it often requires a catastrophic event or loss to bring about necessary change.
Throughout this journey, healthcare providers and nutritionist raised the alarm about the deficiency of readily available foods. Many are familiar with the expression, “someone else’s experience is a great teacher.” No doubt, learning this lesson and heeding its warning has its benefits. Among them are mitigating against unnecessarily discovering the novelty of a well-worn, but perilous path and its accompanying trials.
In the USA, the term organic applies to food and agricultural products that lack a measure of chemicals or genetic change. In contrast to some, the concept of organic is amusing. The reason is chemicals are expensive, therefore less costly and traditional methods are the norm. Strangely enough, clean, pure, and natural foods are difficult to find in our modern society. By the same token, the pre-made, processed, and chemically laden types are widely available. To the chagrin of the health conscious, they are less costly. Being homebound disable, in this current chapter; presents many challenges. Oddly, life’s challenges are exciting adventures against boredom.
In my opinion, food is medicine, however, when confronting serious illness, a wise approach is better. Arguably, proven academic methods should take precedence over untested theories such as an apple a day. As a result, I now make every effort to forgo polluting my body via foodstuffs. It is paramount to take the best care of our body, both inside and out. That attention and care should occur before any observable signs of illness. It is also important to follow a balanced lifestyle, spiritually, socially, mentally, and physically.
- Sickness is unpleasant not simply because we are experiencing imbalance. It is also because we lose control of our lives, socially, financially, psychologically, and sometimes spiritually. Illness is akin to being in a suspended state of animation. A state whereby the afflicted person vacillates between the realm of the living and the non-living. You are alive, but you do not function normally. Your body functions still, but so poorly at times, you may wish your existence was no more, but not entirely. Instead, one fervently prays each day to pass quickly, anticipating the phase called Recovery to arrive.
- Declining health is the body crying for attention, respect, and love.
- Cooking at home yields better-tasting food is less costly, and there is more room for creativity.
- Your body, unique among our possessions, is a sacred temple. Therefore, sacrifice at that altar the best quality food.
- Confronting illness also lends itself to time for self-reflection.
- Incidentally, sickness, especially if sudden and protracted, also serves as a dissociating and cleansing compound. Those who were superficially attached to you or your life during healthier times, often break those bonds. They incidentally offer you more clarity and vision.
The human organism functions as an environmental filter. Consequently, it always undergoes repeat onslaught by foreign substances; and inevitably, abuse. Nevertheless, the inside of the body still requires the attention, love, and nurturing we give its exterior.
Baguette Bread Recipe
Beginning something new often involves a measure of angst. However, we can arrive more quickly at the goal, Recovery, if one attempt to rank himself. As a result, we find liberation from the trivialities of the mind. The choices are to live, recover, and express gratitude for another chance at life.
Organic living begins with homemade bread. At the start of this bread making odyssey, I shared my progress and saga with Silvia, my very close friend. She said, “Sa, once you eat homemade bread you won’t want to eat the store-bought stuff ever again.” Her sentiment is now part of daily living. The initiation was with recipes for the French baguette. These long, narrow loaves can go with the soup, pasta, the main course, or holds the ingredients for a favorite sandwich. After losing its freshness, you can reconstitute baguette into croutons, breadcrumbs or blend into desserts.
Bread is a blessing and furthermore, making it is fascinating. Combining the ingredients, experiencing risen dough, and marveling at its intoxicating aroma are some of the factors which make bread production satisfying. Additionally, knowing this food throughout the ages has and still sustains much of humanity, is humbling.
The bread making escapades went on to include flat bread and Neapolitan style pizza, of which both were gastronomical successes. Going Organic – Baguette Bread Recipe is a step toward Recovery and living out loud. It is several years of facing illness. A time when often experiencing exhaustion with my body and confronting the lethargy of the health care bureaucracy. Now, the feeling of excitement reigns. This elation stems in part from overcoming an initial fear of making bread and the meaning of conquering fright. Emerging from a fog of medically managed pain and near death, I am ready to move headlong with exuberance, reclaim my life, and live a better, wholesome, and a healthier lifestyle, insha’Allaah.
Spread Love, Kindness, Cheer, and Bon Appétit, insha’Allaah.