Bacheldre Watermill Braided Bread

Braided BreadA HoBBian lunchtime with Arugula Bread

“Having baked hundreds of loaves in the past, you’d think I’d be a confident bread baker by now – but I still feel insecure without instruction.

So, on to the computer I went, looking for that perfect recipe for a nice challah loaf. . . but page after page and I couldn’t find any that seemed quite right (too much of this, not enough of that, unappealing picture, vague descriptions)

So, in the end, I felt it must be the time to bake without a recipe.

Once I started, my hands seemed to remember what to do – which ingredients to combine first, when to add what, how long to wait. The dough kneaded smoothly, and I returned two hours later (after wandering nearby fields and talking to uninterested sheep) to find it had expanded like the throat of a giant bullfrog.

On with the punching, rolling, braiding, shaping, and into the hot oven…. not so bad in the end.

I have learned to trust my hands for the next time!”

Arugula from America
(*Wwoofer at the HoBB, Summer 2010)

* www.wwoof.org

A visit from BookBod

IMAGENAMEHEREA terrific range of imaginative storytelling methods, character voices and accents along with acting, singing and artistic skills make BookBod the ideal visitor for your event.

You can contact BookBod at the HoBB (`Home of BookBod`).

As it is good to know a little background about a visitor before meeting them for the first time, we emailed BookBod a few probing questions and here are the answers:

ANSWERS FROM A STAR:

Your name
BookBod

Company
Freelance

Job
Binder, collator, developer, researcher and presenter of all manner of stories.

Age
As a time guide, my age has overtaken time itself.

Best friends
ClueBod and my horse.

Diet
I love very brightly colourful food and the darkest food – liquorice root sticks, especially when tied into impossible knots before eating.

Travel experience
I have visited many ‘Big Bangs’ but only one recent galaxy closure which was a bit sad but very moving.

Traits
The list is short. I rarely blink and I’m sometimes bothered by my height on Earth.

Pet
Horse

Interests
Information and disinformation, fact, myth and mirth. I like swimming in waters of wide opinions, attitudes and views. My HoBBy is Bookbinding.

Memberships
Whilst here, I joined the British Library, Butterfly Conservation, IPG (International Publishers Guild) and the Milky Way Archive Project.

Favourite Links
Amazon
Bodleian Library, Oxford.
British Film and Strange Sound Library

Favourite Earth Characters
Merlin, Father Time, Dr.Who, Nostradamus and Gina (who found me stables a great parking place for my caravan)

Music while you work
Wind blowing through Autumn trees by the bank side of highland streams in spate.

Favourite drink at Work
Spring water drawn in Summer.

Preferred method of transport
Portable Green Light beams.

Favourite restaurant
Lucciano’s Pasta Bar the end of the Omniverse

Something that should be done
Phone home.

Biggest challenge
Making myself understood in Earth Language.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED IN ANSWERS FROM A STAR, PLEASE CONTACT BOOKBOD

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