O HAI, it’s Punday Monday! Har har har.
No, but seriously: after an afternoon spent trying to rid my apartment of aphids, courtesy of the Christmas tree*, I was a bit of a space-case when I finally made it to the grocery store.
And although “bread” was the first thing on my list, I somehow forgot to buy it. Which left me mourning the fact that I would not, in fact, be having a grilled-cheese sandwich for dinner, as planned.
Unless I could make bread.
Don’t you need those little packets of yellow powder that smell like wet socks? And isn’t it like…a lot of work? With kneading and punching involved?
Not if you have beer. (And…of course I have beer!) Somehow I remembered Rachel’s post on beer bread from a while back and looked it up. No yeast. No kneading. Five ingredients. Alright, then. Maybe even a total bread virgin like me could handle this.
I’m not going to lie when I say that this was one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. And completely and totally delicious.
Uhh…what store bought bread? This is way batter than anything the Whole Foods bakery has to offer. Ba-dum-bum.
Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week.
*Yes, gross. Gross gross gross. Apparently they are harmless, and should vamoose now that I’ve doused their tree-house in (organic + pet-safe) bug-killing soap. But….they look like tiny spiders. Not a fan. At all. Time to rethink that whole real versus fake tree thing.
Today’s EAT: I got the grilled cheese I’d been craving all day!
Beer bread is a little more dense, so I didn’t want to try to fry it. Open-faced under the broiler was perfect. I suppose you could add a tomato if you’re in to that sort of thing (I’m not) or some bacon (definitely in to it, but that’s another forgotten purchase from today’s distracted grocery trip).
Plus a huge salad and a glass of wine = simple, flavorful, fresh dinner. Tres bien.
Today’s DRINK: I don’t normally buy $4 Cabs.
Fairly or not, I tend to give the bolder reds a wide berth when it comes to gambling on a cheap bottle. Cheapo Pinot? Sure, all the time. Cheapo Cab or Zin? Ehh…that’s just asking to be disappointed.
This Three Wishes Cabernet Sauvignon was on sample at Whole Foods, though, and I never would have pegged it for a $4 bottle when I tried it in the store. Of course, I added a bottle to my cart. Opening it at home tonight, I decided on first sip that it definitely needed to breathe a little. And thirty minutes later, it was quite enjoyable.
Today’s RUN: 3 quick ones on the treadmill. I just…eh. Didn’t feel like running today. I told myself I had to go at least 20 minutes, and then I decided to just finish off that third mile. 23 minutes and change.
Today’s QUESTION: Are you a bread baker? Do you have a favorite recipe? Please share! I’m very excited to explore bread-making a little more. And I might even be willing to deal with kneading and yeast. 🙂