At the start of the quarantine, many non-essential shops had begun closing as the world ventured out to their local grocery stores only to find that certain supplies were in short supply. Products like hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes, toilet paper, rice, beans, and bread were picked clean as families stocked up on essentials.
Although perishable, having bread in the home is essential for many families, especially those looking for ways to feed more mouths now that schools had begun to close and children were home during the day. If there’s no bread on the shelves, customers had only one other option: getting familiar with the baking aisle. Although once a common practice throughout time, baking bread has not received much spotlight in recent years because most of us do not have the time to sit down and knead bread dough for thirty minutes to an hour in our day to day lives.
Suddenly, in the wake of COVID-19, many Americans found themselves with a lot more free time on their hands and collectively decided to replace that with flour. Making bread at home is not new or novel, but millennials seem to have taken a shine to bread-baking as their new quarantine hobby. While we're all stuck inside, I've found myself becoming self-reflective and slowing down to appreciate some of the small things in life, including my connection with food. Although I was gluten-free for a time, I opened my mind to new ideas and found myself in love with sourdough and what it brings to our bodies. Read more about just where I got my start with veganism, PlantX, and healthier eating on my other blog, "Veganism -- How I Got Started."
As we all continue cooking at home more often, I believe it's essential to keep meaningful relationships with the food we take in no matter what kind it is. Uniting and coming together around good food, family, and friends is what life is all about.
By baking bread, we slow ourselves down, take a moment to reflect on the lively yeast bubbling, and create a beautiful pillowy soft loaf that we can feel proud about. Having fresh bread with your meal is like magic. I don't know about you, but it certainly brings a smile to my face. Plus, baking bread is a relatively inexpensive hobby. Let's face it, making bread isn't always as easy as it looks and can sometimes have a steep learning curve. Posting about the best way to knead the dough, progress on yeast starters, and bread scoring techniques allows people to connect online on the universal desire for something warm and comforting.
Try not to worry too much about the carbs and take some extra time out of your day and see what the hype is about. Fresh bread makes a great accompaniment to healthy plant-based meals like a tasty bean or lentil soup. For some other nutritious meal ideas, check out the recipe section on PlantX.com