Cooking in your 60s is different than when you are younger, don’t you think? When we would younger, we cooked because we had to put food on the table. Our kids were hungry during the day and our husbands came home hungry. So, we would just throw something together to make sure that everyone was full and somewhat happy.
If you were a “housewife” back in the day, you had numerous things to do. Dinner, at the end of the day, was just one of those chores. That said, I can’t say it wasn’t fun. I loved sitting around the dinner table and talking with the kids about their day!
Now, in my 60s, I am loving my time in the kitchen! I make what I want, when I want it. Sometimes, I eat breakfast for dinner or a salad for breakfast. It’s all about me at this stage of my life! Chuck, my husband, goes along with it. Hey, he does want to continue to eat, after all.
Now, I take my time and make dishes that interest me and my taste buds. I look for different recipes, and I combine the ones I like to make them my own. Also, I can take my time and even make my dishes look pretty. I can make them spicy… or not. It’s totally up to me!
So, now I’m really getting into bread. Yes, it takes time and effort. But, the end result is so rewarding and comforting.
It’s a hobby now – one I truly enjoy. It’s also something to do if you’re bored or need space to think.
It fills my head with joy. Here are a few of my recent creations.
The first step is adding the yeast to the water. It’s a simple task, and it’s the first step into your science project. It will foam and become yeasty smelling.
Now, add the flour and, sometimes milk or an egg, and salt. You’re already on your adventure into the stuff of life… oh, unless you are gluten intolerant that is! Stop now and check out my savory dishes.
It takes a little muscle power, but you can do it. All of your ingredients come together into a soft and slightly sticky dough. Add more flour, a little at a time, until the dough becomes soft and you can smell the yeast.
By now, your arms are probably tired, and it’s only been 8 to 10 minutes of your life. These could be the most zen minutes of your life, if you let them.
Rolling the dough with the heels of your hands and pulling back with your fingers, it’s mesmerizing and relaxing. It’s almost an art!
Sometimes, I can’t think of anything better than a slice of homemade bread and some soup. Or perhaps I have a graving for a slice of hot bread, fresh out of the oven and smeared with butter. You really should wait until it cools… but I never can!
Ok, I think I’ve said enough about my love of bread. Let’s get baking together! Here’s my favorite recipe for skillet bread.
The following ingredients will make two loaves
Here’s how to get started
Now, you’ve made a beautiful loaf of bread at home. Enjoy!
What did your cooking look like back in the day? How is it different now that you’re over 60? Do you think you might start cooking or baking something you really like? What is your favorite bread recipe? Please join the conversation.