Preparation

The pics you might normally see posted by doughies are:-

  1. Dough shaping on the table
  2. Dough being scored and peeled into the oven
  3. Cooling racks liaden with crackling bread (as above).

They are the photogenic end of a slow food journey. Check out any bakers instagram feed and you will find them there. Just as a farmer harvests produce in the field, a baker harvests bread onto the racks – whereby both admiringly stand back and breath a sigh of satisfaction.
I was thinking this as I slogged away giving the wee bakehouse a deep clean last night. And as I scribbled and recalculated the dough qtys for this weeks bake. As I restocked the flour store and fixed a wobbly tap. 

This is the non-photogenic side of small local food – the hard graft preparation in the background long before the oven door. Just like an athlete, the race (or in our case the bread) is won not at the finishing line but in the hours of off track preparation.

“Most people have the will to win; few have the will to prepare to win.” Bobby Knight

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

Doughies will be at the Lochaber Agricultural Show on Saturday 26th August – come find us in the food and craft tent along with other local producers and see what our preparations have won us to share.

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