February 07, 2004

Cottage industry: people making cottages.

I am, as Kristen has pointed out before, precisely one motherfucking baking machine.

There are the muffins, and cookies, and cakes, and gingerbread, and puddings, and more cookies. There are the casseroles and quiches. Now? Now there's bread. In the last week I've made two loaves of dark sweet wheat bread, one giant loaf of Pugliese (a round Italian country bread), and am currently working on a loaf of Polish rye bread. This brings my bread repertoire up to, well, some large quantity of breads. Split pan loaves, Grant loaves, naan, French bread, French wheat bread, crumpets, milk rolls, focaccia, onion bread, cheese and onion bread, and some random freestyle experiments that can be neither duplicated nor adequately explained. And as if that isn't enough, I fly in the face of American baking conventions and make it all vegan.

My roommate Katie has now turned me, as the title of this entry suggests, into a cottage industry. In the interest of frugality and deliciousness, she's contracted with me to fill her bread needs at $2 per loaf ($2.50 for loaves that require special ingredient purchases). I think I win the bad-at-business award for continually arguing for lower prices, but let's be honest, I don't have 30 years of baking experience and an every-loaf-perfect guarantee. I do, however, have a pretty good track record for the last week.

"Wouldn't you," Katie asked this afternoon while I kneaded rye dough, "like to do this for a living?" Just at this moment, I really can't imagine that a better idea has ever been vocalized since "let's see what happens if we evolve some legs around here".

Posted by dianna at February 7, 2004 06:26 PM

go apprentice at a bakery! mmmm tasty smells and getting up at like 4 every morning!

Posted by: michele at February 7, 2004 06:37 PM

But I don't want to get up at 4 every morning! Can't I have the tasty smells in my own metaphorical cottage and bake from 10 am to 10 pm instead?

Posted by: dianna at February 7, 2004 07:07 PM

yes! yes, you can!

Posted by: michele at February 7, 2004 10:25 PM

wow i am so jealous. for the past few weeks i've been saying i want to quit my job and be a baker. (because i am reading a book about baking. not because i can bake.)

Posted by: didofoot at February 8, 2004 10:12 AM

You put my baking achievements to shame.
I've often fantasized about selling my baked goods to little local mom'n'pop cafes. Maybe you could do that?

Posted by: robyn at February 8, 2004 03:53 PM

i'd be willing to bet that at least some of the delicious irresistable scrumptious (damn you, release your grip on me!) vegan cookies scones shortbreads etc at some of the cafes here in santa cruz are made in someone's very own kitchen between 10 am and 10 pm. i just bet.

and yours are often even better.

Posted by: katie at February 11, 2004 12:46 AM

I need an agent. Free delicious baked goods to anyone who can convince others of the necessity of not-free delicious baked goods?

Posted by: dianna at February 11, 2004 01:06 AM

Also, dude, what are you doing awake at this hour? You have school tomorrow, young lady!

Posted by: dianna at February 11, 2004 01:07 AM