I was talking to someone recently and I asked them if they liked to cook. After a lengthy pause they replied with I hate my answer to this but no, I don’t really cook. Why would you hate that answer?, I asked.
They told me because cooking makes people happy.
And that really is what cooking is all about isn’t it. If you were going to simmer down the whole reason behind what’s so great about cooking, it comes down to that. Happiness. And it’s a never ending circle of happiness really; the cooker is happy, the person eating is happy, which again makes the cooker happy … on and on and on until someone serves liver and brussels sprouts.
When I was thinking about what I could give to you this Christmas season as a gift, a thank you for being devoted readers, I knew it had to have something to do with food, yet not something that could possibly harbour salmonella. Because nothing kills a “you make me happy” moment like realizing you have exactly 10 minutes to get home from wherever you are, before the stabbing army of Japanese Samurais in your stomach prod every single thing inside of you, out.
So I nixed my idea of giving you the chicken breast that’s been sitting on my counter for 3 days and decided to go in a new direction. Bread.
The one thing most of us can agree leads to happiness is a warm, crusty loaf of bread, fresh out of the oven. In a tragic turn of events it can also lead to hippiness. But what the hell.
I’m giving one reader my 3 favourite things for baking bread. A Rough Linen bread proofing cloth (which is a collaboration between myself and Tricia Rose from Rough Linen), a Danish Dough Whisk and The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook.
You can enter by leaving any comment below. No hoops to jump through. Which is good, because, you know, … the whole hippiness thing.
The winner will be randomly selected so no need for sucking up, although sucking up is always appreciated. Winner announced Monday!
** this contest is now closed**
Have a great weekend.
Yours in carbohydrates,