There’s been a lot of discussion lately in the hacker community about cooking. There are plenty of reasons why cooking is important:
I don’t buy into any of these arguments 100% (or even 50%, some of them), but I think it’s enough right, enough of the time, that I should really learn how to cook.
I started off inspired by these guys and many others. But what I discovered was, things start out good, but eventually you get tired of beans and burritos day after day. I don’t mind 3-4 rice-and-beans meals a week, eating a salad every day, etc., but I don’t want to eat all salads or all legume-based meals. I wanted some fresh meat (more on this in another post), and I was also really missing bread.
I knew that whatever I wanted to cook also needed to meet these goals:
Surprisingly enough, bread is the answer.
If you are like me, “cooking bread” brings up visions of kneading dough for eight hours. Not so. The veritable bread machine, basically a combination of a mixer and a loaf-sized oven, makes bread this easy:
Revisiting my original criteria:
As an added bonus, most bread machines can also make homemade jams that are absolutely wonderful (today I made strawberry jam, it was delicious) and also cakes.
Making fresh-baked bread a staple food has really been a smashing success, and that simple change has me eating better and cheaper than ever before. A couple of caveats you should know about though:
You also have the fact that without preservatives the bread goes bad after a day or two. However, I’ve discovered that this gives me an excuse to get out of the building and spend more time talking and interacting with customers and clients. Anyone will give you feedback for your startup over coffee and a loaf of delicious bread!