“I’d been eating commercially produced bread for so long I’d forgotten what real bread tasted like”. That comment set me on my own voyage of discovery to make my own bread that tastes like real bread.
I’ve been interested in artisan bread for many years, initially as a keen consumer and in recent years as a maker of bread myself. After attending a bread-making course under Andrew Whitely at Bread Matters at his Melmerbury Bakery in 2004 and later in 2011 with Tom Baker at LOAF in Birmingham I have become a firm advocate of better daily bread.
In my working life as a Methodist Minister bread plays a starring role at the Holy Communion or Eucharist in memorial of the Body of Christ. Over the years I have experienced some sorry examples of bread brought to be offered to God for blessing, breaking and sharing with the community.
Although in our fast-food world the consumption of food has lost much of its power to help us be families, friends and communities, I am convinced that there is an intimate link for many people between food, community and spirituality. It seems to me that this link has so often been broken. This is especially so for OurDailyBread.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen