Food Fashion and Flow: Rise   

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


This dough has been worked over real good. 
I have slapped it

Punched it down and beat it until it was flat

And then I finished it off with a prison pounding

And then I put it in a dark corner and this dough 
said to me...."F***" you. 

Now watch me rise

Watch me Rise

Life is a lot like that too.There are times I have been beat down and flattened, but something magical happened. Something spirtiual that made me transform under the pressure. 
I rose and you will rise too.

Even after all that pounding and flattening, heat made me rise even more.

Your enemies will think you are done and then you will rise and become so fragrant. They won't even know what hit them. 
You won't even look the same.

I said you won't look the same

Who ever thought that baking bread would have such a powerful metaphor for life. I have been baking bread since I was a little girl and now I bake bread as a mom with my son by my side.  Baking bread is a labor of love.  When you feel flattened by life, think about this metaphor. I bet you will never look at a loaf of bread the same way.

I hope I have inspired you. And now I want to encourage you to try my bread recipe. Ready? Here we go! 

Rosemary  Bread


2 ¼ teaspoon yeast

1 ¼ cup warm water

3 ¼ cups flour

¼ treapoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Melted butter mixed with olive oil  (Approximately 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter

Stir yeast in warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.

In large bowl, beat 1 cup of flour with yeast mixture, adding salt, to make a smooth batter. Beat in 2 1/4 cups of remaining flour and herbs. Dough will be stiff.

Turn onto a floured board, and knead for 10 minutes. Slam the dough down onto the counter at least 6 times!

Form dough into a smooth ball, and place in a greased bowl with a lid or plastic wrap. Cover and allow it to double in size (90 minutes). Punch dough down and form ball again. Cover. Let it double again (60 minutes). Punch down dough. Roll into a flat big ball.

Place on a greased baking sheet or use parchment paper. Cut into the top 4 shallow cuts, forming a big X.

Cover with a cloth and let it rise for 30 minutes.

Brush with melted butter, and olive oil, sprinkle with dried rosemary

Bake at 375F for 30 minutes.

*Using parchment paper allows the bread to just slide off the paper and pan right onto your cutting board. Also, put covered bowl into oven with light on, and it will rise better.

Baking bread is so much fun! My son loves playing with the dough and then enjoying the warm bread fresh from the oven. I hope you have as much fun baking this as we did:-)

And remember, like bread, YOU WILL RISE.



ASingleMothersJourney said...

Wow this is one of the best blog post I ever read. Such a great metaphor! I love it! You've inspired me to make some bread too. I've never tried but I'm willing to.

downtownchicagobarbie said...

This was very inspirational. Have you ever thought about being a motivational speaker. I looked to your blogs for a pick me upper. Thanks for your words of wisdom.

Bonnie said...

That was totally badass and absolutely beautiful at the same time.
P.S. Your dress is making go insane with jealousy.
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Catina said...

Such a fitting post :-) LOVE IT!!!!!!

CEO(angie stone) said...

I agree singlemomthersjourney this is one of the best blog post I've ever read!
You are definitely an inspiration!

Melissa said...

Okay, I think (although I don't cook at all and have been known to burn water) I'm going to have to try this. More for the metaphor than anything else. I need to rise!

Precious said...

Your dress is gorgeous and that bread look sooo good!!!

Enter my current giveaway!

Meagan said...

That bread really is a great metaphor for life-and it looks so good!

Sara said...

nice post! i love your leopard dress and love the metaphor!

Jennifer Vance said...

That was very encouraging.

Anonymous said...

Your bread turned out fantastic!

Anamarija said...

This was a lovely post and I loved how you compared baking to the real life :) very inspirational, u go girl :)!

Cinnamon-donuts said...

Beautiful dress and I am loving your nails PLUS cooking bread!!!!!!!!!!! yuummmm!! clothes, nails and food...BEST COMBINATION~!!!!!!! :D :D :D

Marcela* said...

oh my good....perfect !! i follow you!...M*

Lena said...

Wow! You look so lovely! Cool dress :)

TheMadTwins said...

I never saw cooking bread in that way! It gives me a warm feeling when I read how you cook with your son and that it is a labor of love ^-^

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

Such a beautiful post. x hivenn

Brea Ellis said...

Thanks for the comment on my page about my Via Spiga sandals...I got them a Macy's a few years ago...they are so comfortable to walk in.

About this apron...too cute! Reminds me of Jessie Steele aprons!

Inez of Style Chic 360 said...

I love the metaphor. LOVED this post so much and that bread looks yummy!!!

Inez of Style Chic 360 said...

Oh yeah! is that your apron, if so it's GORGE, if it's a dress, it's still gorge@ LOVE IT!

ATTrio said...

Wow, looks delicious! My sister is a fashion designer and we have a blog

Anywhoo, u should check her out

Impressive skills my dear =)


Sizzle and Zoom said...

Your dress looks like a very cute apron.

Chanel said...

You look HOT! I love that apron. Love your blog too! Now following! XO

La Dama said...

Ay, Ay,baking while wearing leopard
I'm your new fan amor.
thanks for stopping by.

Fashionista said...

Hey girl,
Being Italian bread is a staple!
Great outfit pic too! Just did a blog on animal print couture. Very Haute and Hot!
Bon Apetite!

dimitri said...

Thank you for visiting me.
I really love your blog ! He is so
It's a great post, your dress is beautiful.
See you soon.

Jen S. said...

you are the sexiest cook ever!!!! :)


SheWhoAccessorizesWell said...

Great post. The bread looks delicious! I love the way you told a story with your pictures. I have never made bread, but I may just try it now.
I love the leopard.

Fashion Confessions of a Mommy said...

What a great post. Very creative.

A Heel in Mint said...

Never looked at bread making in that way but it is a great metaphor. You look gorgeous as ever and your bread looks super delicious. Absolutely love this post!

Heel in Mint

Erin said...

What a beautiful metaphor it is too! You are vibrant and infectious-and I love reading your blog! I have just award you the Sunshine Award over on my blog! Have a great Friday!


Erin @

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A beautiful bread and baker! ;-P A lovely post.



Shannon said...

Cooking in STYLE! I love it! The bread looks great, too.

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Such a great metaphor, you're right! And you look GOOD while baking--I don't look like that in my kitchen, that's for sure!

Mariel Torres said...

Oh my! it looks so delicious! and you darling look gorgeous... LOVE the apron ;)

Nothing Lasts Forever said...

Thank's for your sweet comment ! I really love your nails ! And the bread looks so delicious, you made me want to try this, thank's for the recipe ! Keep checking out :

Sharan said...

Oh la la la...animal print + heels + that's hot! Regardless, wonderful message :)

Soccer Mom Style said...

Sounds so yummy. I'll have to bookmark this recipe.

amourette said...

love this post

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Wow you look great! That animal print suits you and don't get me started on the bread...I bet your house smelled AMAZING!!!

LA Lynn's said...

This was BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Such a inspiration... keep'em coming!!!!

Shasie said...

1. Cute Apron
2. AMAZInG Metaphor...I mean seriously nailed it. That's so great that you bake bread. I may have to try sometime

Shasie of Live Life in Style

Lisa C said...

Yes, yes, yes!!! I've been looking for some sexy aprons like this one and I love the way your fist pounded into the dough, sexy ;-)
Thanks for the recipe. My kids and I are always looking for new ones to try.

Anonymous said...

Looks like good and delicious definitely I will try this one. Thanks for sharing restaurant in satya niketan delhi

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