Though we're patiently waiting for Autumn to arrive, it still hasn't.
And that's a shame because to me Autumn is about bowls of soup, cool evenings, and fresh baked bread - three things I love.
On Monday Blossom and I decided to go ahead and create a soup and bread lunch, pretending the 24C air flowing from the air conditioner was our cool Autumn evening. Desperate? Us? You bet.
Bloss brought a pot of her freshly made chicken noodle soup over to my place, and I baked yummy light rye bread and a few rolls.
My sweet pregnant girl has had a tough time with her health these past few months, and in answer to those beautiful emails arriving in my inbox asking how she's going, the news is that she must rest a lot and take life much slower over the next 14 weeks until her little cherub arrives.
As I heated her delicious soup on the stove Blossom rested on her daddy's sofa, waiting to watch the first episode of Poldark (which was wonderful!)....
...then we sat around the coffee table and feasted 'Autumn style'.
This was a new bread recipe I found in one of my baking books, and it was so good that Blossom took some rolls home, as well as half the loaf.
Her DB loved it too, so I guess I'll be baking it again.
On Tuesday, after a morning spent working at the computer, I picked up Bloss and we headed over to the pool for our Tuesday swimming break. The water is so relaxing that it's hard to leave and go back to work, but we do make time for lunch together before I take her home again.
I still had some bread left from the day before and wondered how to use it, which stirred some interesting conversation on the drive back to my place about what can be made from stale bread - not that it was stale, but what would we make if it were.
We came up with...
* bread and butter baked custard
* French toast
* toad in the hole (cut a hole in the middle of a slice of bread and fry it in butter with an egg in the hole)
* grilled cheese and avocado on toast
...so for lunch I made French toast and Blossom was so excited because she hadn't had it for years.
It was yummy, and she returned home with a big smile on her face.
Wednesday morning I used the last of the bread to cook 'toad in the hole' with ham and tomatoes for Mr E's breakfast, and he also wore a big smile as I waved him off to work.
Simple things like fresh baked bread and homemade soup create smiles.
Blossom and I thought you might have some stale bread ideas you'd like to share with us 'cause we're going to be baking a lot of bread.
It might nudge Autumn into finally arriving!
What do you do with bread that's a few days old?