The Big Quarantine – Saturday, March 28, 2020
The Day in Bread: I’ve been thinking pretty steadily about bread since the day I did my confinement stock up. I love bread. Believing I wouldn’t see a decent, artisan loaf of bread for a long while, I breaded-up. I bought a loaf of thin sliced whole wheat bread, some tortillas, and some English muffins. I like store bought bread just fine, by the way, but there is something special about a crusty loaf of bread made the old-fashioned way that really makes me sigh when I eat toast. Did I mention I love bread?
Anyway, I have plenty of bread-stuff, and if necessary, I have the ingredients and know how to make my own bread, or, maybe more important for my comfort-eating, make biscuits. In fact, I could make all the bread. I was set.
During the national pandemic confinement people everywhere baking bread, many for the first time. King Arthur Flour, who have a great website full of tested recipes that you probably want to try right now, is reporting very high call volume, higher than even Thanksgiving. Bread making is really a magic process. Basically three ingredients – flour, water, and yeast – is all it takes. I think it’s magic because in elementary school we used to make hillbilly glue with flour and water. We didn’t know how close we were to bread.
I could write a book on bread and those who know me won’t be surprised I’ve read books about bread.* But let me make two brief points. First, if you’re new to bread making and you failed your first attempt, do it again. You will get the hang of it. The first time I made biscuits they were little flat disks that I imagined were as close to Civil War Era hardtack rations as I cared to get. My biscuits have improved greatly since then.
And second, bread, whether packaged at the store in any of the forms I purchased (and plenty more), baked at home, or baked by a professional baker is among the most basic and most important of the world’s food.
Case and point, I found out the bakery on the next street, Allez Bakery, was considered an essential business during the shutdown. Well, duh! The Villagers must have bread!!
And one more thing from a hopeless fresh bread lover, store fresh loaves cut-side down to extend the freshness.
*Thank you for asking. The bread book that I recommend is White Bread: A Social History of the Store Bought Loaf by Aaron Bobrow-Strain.
The Day in Jigsaw Puzzle Completion: My very, very favorite part of doing a large jigsaw puzzle is the last bit. The satisfaction of getting close to completing the project is almost palpable. Because I live alone, working on a jigsaw puzzle is really a function of how my brain works when I don’t have to cooperate with others. Therefore, the last bit is when I can line up the pieces by shape, the way my brain needs to see it. That’s a pretty satisfying process for me, and allows me to finish quickly. Then, I give myself 24 hours to gaze upon my work every time I walk past the table, like I’ve just accomplished a miracle. Next puzzle starts tomorrow.
I should note, I’m obsessed with the finality of a jigsaw puzzle because I am scarred from my youth. As kids, the family would do jigsaw puzzles. One time we got to the end and it appeared we were missing a piece. Well, just as we started blaming the dog, my Brother left the room and came back with “the missing piece.” Turned out, he wanted to put the last piece in. Things haven’t been the same between us since. LOL!
Today in Conflicting Info: Unlike yesterday I guess I’ll be wearing a mask, not disinfecting groceries, and sucking down ibuprofen. I’m going to need another bag of Doritos!
The Day in Miniatures: I could use some wisdom…couldn’t we all?
Covid 19 Info
If you want to help local bars and restaurant and their workers, please check out the links below:
Pleasantry OTR and Allez Bakery: Buy a meal for a healthcare worker
Restaurant Workers Relief Program: www.leeintiative.org
This organization needs funds and donations to keep feeding furloughed restaurant workers for the Restaurant Workers Relief Program. All donations go right back to the restaurants in your city that are feeding people in need.
We need supplies: diapers, baby food, tampons, toilet paper, canned food, and shelf stable food.
We can only buy in limited amounts so we need you to help us
Please order online at @amazon @target @walmart @instacart @meijerstores or any delivery service, buy supplies through your account and ship it to the local restaurant that is giving in your city.
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CDC – Cases in the United States
Updated March 27, 2020 (Next Update March 30)
These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
- Total cases: 85,356 (Yesterday = 68,440)
- Total deaths: 1,246 (Yesterday = 994)
- Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.