The other day I made three loaves of bread, although a comedy of errors in the process, that is if it qualifies as a comedy. It began well enough and everything was ready in the mixing bowl for the flour, but upon opening the bag, the bag ripped which set into motion a string of missteps. The rip caused spillage and difficulty pouring into another container, so I stopped and cleaned up. I scooped the flour from the bag but used the wrong sized measuring cup, discovered upon mixing and seeing it so sticky. Naturally, I added more flour but not enough since it was still sticky but decided to go with it and set it aside to rise. The two-hour rising period turned into four hours and the dough had over risen the bowl, but placed it in the three bread pans and set aside to rise again. The half to one hour rising period also went way beyond… an extra three plus hours, but good fortune, only one had risen out of the pan. Parred it back some, put it in the oven with the other two loaves and baked.
The thing about making bread is that the process is so forgiving, a virtuous action in many religions. I have made bread for fifty years with and without leavening agents and to me, they have all been a success. On this occasion, the bread is light but perfect to put into a toaster and toasted on the dark side. I like carbon on the edges, and with butter and Current Jelly, the taste is outstanding. I served a friend a couple of slices in the way I like it, and she even asked me for the recipe.
Indoor dining is not happening here now, but look forward to eating at one of my favorite restaurants, a Middle Eastern buffet. I just love to look at the loaves of bread, so many different kinds, and all look so tasty, but with all the other wonderful foods to enjoy, I just look at the bread.
Bread making goes back many thousands of years, grinding stones have been discovered that are 30 thousand years old. Bread is a staple all over the world, and every country has their specialties. There is something spiritual about the simplicity of eating bread with wine or water, and bread and wine comprise the Eucharist, a Christian sacrament. The Jewish Religion utilizes bread and wine in their rituals. During Roman times, bread was used as an offering to deities, and today in Hinduism for the same purpose.
The stomach of a person is called a breadbasket. A fruit and vegetable basket would also be appropriate, but definitely not a meat basket. The Holy Teaching of the Sacred Veda is very clear on that. Do not kill any creature that cries and breathes the same air we breathe. To serve a righteous meal according to the Holy Teaching of Heaven this Thanksgiving, serve bread, fruit, and vegetables. Wine is optional, but no turkey or meat of any kind. Heaven will certainly look more kindly upon you on judgement day if you do not commit the highest offense and help spare the life of the 46 million holy turkeys set to be killed and eaten on Thanksgiving Day.
Here is a verse from the Veda opposed to the killing of turkeys and other creatures.