Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Avocado-Guacamole and Pesto Pine Nut Breads

My Avocado Guacamole bread for this assignment was a big hit. The tomato and avocado made the bread very moist and tasty. I was afraid that the dough would be very sticky, but it was very easy to work with. When I made the 1/2 recipe I still used the whole garlic clove, because, really, can you have too much garlic? I thought the bread was really good with a smear of cream cheese.

The pesto pine nut bread was also one of my favorites, but then again, garlic, basil, well you get the picture. After reading Michelle's blog about making a baguette, that's what I decided to do also. Very nice. Thanks Michelle! I made the dough with walnuts, because they were on hand and I think they were a great substitution for the pine nuts. Yummy, Yummy bruschetta.

Unfortunately MJOL's mother passed last Thursday and we've been a little preoccupied around here. Mom "O", as she like to be called, was a formitable woman, and a typical Irish Catholic matriarch. Her strength was only outshined by her grace. She was commited to her family, church and neighborhood and will be sorely missed. Luckily her passion for those commitments and our city was passed on to her five children. We all take strength knowing that we now have a very special angel guiding our paths.

As I often do in times like this, I turn to baking. It calms my soul and gives me peace. I made 2 loaves of braided bread to share with our family, made with honey from our hives. Mom O was so very proud of the community garden and insisted that we give her 2 bears of honey, one to eat and one to save. That saved honey bear was sent with her on her final journey yesterday.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí

I'm looking forward to our next baking adventure.


Petra said...

What a wonderful tribut to Mom O. I can relate to baking soothing the soul. It always lifts my spirits when I feel the dough and see it rise.
Your bread looks wonderfully shaped. Love the pointed ends.

Michelle said...

So sorry to hear about Mom very sorry.

Gorgeous breads and you are correct about "never enough garlic"!

Femalechef said...

Mom O would have been very proud of your posting here. Brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful bread!!!

Clarice said...

Yes, I am sorry to hear about Mom O. Baking does tend to calm all sorts of emotions.

I'm glad you enjoyed your breads!

Brenda said...

Your breads look great. Sorry to say I have not made the avocado bread yet.

Cristie said...

I turn to baking when I need comfort as well. It usually ends up as you bake you share it with someone else that needs lifting and so it's a circle of giving. Enjoy your memories of Mom O. Your breads look beautiful!

Elwood said...

Thanks to everyone for the supportive comments. It's been a hard week, but today we planted flowers in the garden and placed a garden bench as a memorial. It was a beautiful day and warm for the soul.

Old Pop said...

My deepest sympathy.

Bonnie said...

So sorry for your loss. What a comfort to have friends and family to share joy and sorrow with. Your bread is beautiful.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm so sorry for you loss. I think keeping occupied certainly helps, at least a little. The flowers and garden bench sound like a wonderful memorial.

Your breads turned out great!

Danielle said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Mom "O" must've been a truly wonderful person. We need more people like that as examples and mentors for the coming generations.

Your breads look fantastic

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