Yesterday Lou Ann joined Tom Pahl at Donald Davis' kitchen to learn the art of Donald's delicious bread making. At several different times during the day (each lasting 5 - 15 minutes) Donald demonstrated and explained all of the details, from ingredients, rising, baking, & misting.
I was lucky enough to join them, along with Merle and Carol, on their last excursion. This was when the loaves, during their final rising, were slid into the hot oven and baked to a crispy, golden brown. While we waited, Donald poured a delightful red wine, and we chatted....about thirty minutes. Finally Donald plucked the bread from the oven and laid it on a cutting board. We took turns cutting slices and slathering them with creamy French butter.
Lou Ann and I agreed, as we rode home on our bikes, that this was an experience virtually impossible to explain to anyone else. A combination of learning, relaxing, camaraderie, fellowship, and good food & wine....you just had to be there, I guess.
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