Rosemary, pepper, lavender skillet bread.
2 cups lukewarm water
2 ¼ tsp yeast
4 1/3 cups flour
1 tbsp herb mix
Herb mix: grind black pepper corns, lavender rosemary and salt in a mortar using equal parts (maybe a smudge less lavender than everything else)
In a bowl, add water and yeast, stir to dissolve and let set for 5 minutes.
Add in 1 cup flour and herb mix, stirring with a wooden spoon.
Continue adding in flour until fully mixed.
Cover and Let proof in a warm spot for an hour.
Coat your cast iron skillet with olive oil and sprinkle flour on the dough and your hands to help minimize stickiness.
Fold “ugly parts” under and place in oiled pan.
Cover and let sit another 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 F
Pour more olive oil on top to make sure the entire top is coated.
Sprinkle salt and extra herbs on top, cut an X and bake for approximately 30 minutes depending on size of pan.
Top will be a nice brown, transfer to a cooling rack, or serve in the skillet after letting it cool down.
Pepper for invigorating energies, rosemary for peace, salt for cleansing, lavender for calming, and yeast for growth.
“A Witch’s Kitchen”
If you didn’t know I was a witch, coming over for dinner would certainly be a surprise.
Pc: me/ @barberwitch
And yes, before you ask, this is in fact my kitchen and no, I wasn’t boiling children
I have the utmost respect for folks that understand the art of cooking with live fire. The Hubs and I have a small fireplace where occasionally we’ll try our hand at some basic cookery, but spending this evening leaning to cook by a real hearth was truly eye opening.
It was mostly women who tended to this important daily task and they must have had some serious guns. Tending the fire, shoveling embers, constantly shifting around the cast iron pots - it’s exhausting and dangerous!
Our class made quite a meal: cornbread, cranberry sauce, root vegetable soup, rotisserie chicken using a reflector oven, and a bunch of other period English recipes (like…handchurned butter: https://vine.co/v/ijx72hHlvaB -and - steamed pudding: https://vine.co/v/ijPxH3bWLA6) that I couldn’t get good photos of (because fire photography is so annoying without the right setup.) This was the quintessential slow-food movement experience and every dish turned out really surprisingly delicious.
One day, I have a fire pit big enough to cook like this. In the meantime, I am just happy I have a small fireplace to do some basic cooking indoors in the event I lose gas or power.