Monday, January 10, 2011

Bread....yes, Bread!

Bread is a simple pleasure that most cultures enjoy.

Not only is it functional, but can be beautiful as well!

The Boudin bakery in San Francisco has been baking creative sourdough shapes for years from their original 1849 starter.

You can watch the process from outside of their location near the wharf.

Wicker baskets are dusted with flour and filled with dough to let rise.

Free form shapes of teddy bears, lobsters, alligators and such come down the line for customers to purchase.

These loaves of sourdough stacked together remind me of grains of wheat.

This is the traditional shape with razor cuts that is identified with sourdough.

You can actually eat your "bowl" in this meal!

Even though bread is a basic staple, it can be elevated to an art form.

The fundamental shape has become a fanciful one!

This is the only alligator I would consider eating!

In Venice, bread can take on the shapes of happy faces for people to purchase.

Even their sign is made of bread!

But, the best bread of all is that from a friend....made with their hands and given in love!


Mark D. Ruffner said...

I love these images! I would be tempted to buy an alligator loaf, shellac it, and mount it on the kitchen wall.

Unknown said...

There goes my New Year's rsolution to take it easy on the bread... mais merci anyway.

My Castle in Spain said...

Thank you for this most appetizing post, Theresa ! eat my soup in one of those perfect round bread bowls..I'm sure the soup even tastes better !

Regina at Fauxology said...

SO lovely -- and I'm really, really hungry now... I believe my favorite is the lobster!

Lynne Rutter said...

i like to pick up a loaf in SFO on my way to visit friends: nothing says "thanks for letting me crash at your place for a week" like a yummy sourdough crab!

ceecee said...

Oh my, I can smell that bread from here. So this is the millionth reason why I need to hurry to Venice. Or San Fran. And if a friend made that loaf for are one lucky gal.

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

These are wonderful, indeed. Thanks for the carb. temptation, always was my favorite.

Gina said...

Would love to take a big bite out of that alligator. Have a lovely weekend Theresa and thank you for this most mouth watering post.

Chemin des Muguets said...

I found you via Catherine's blog A Thousand Clapping I knew your blog would be special too! I live not tooo far from SF-I must make a bread run to this shop ASAP.

Theresa Cheek said...

thank you Marjorie! Catherine sets the bar for all of us! Her blog is special to me. Make a bread run for me too!

Vasile Covaciu said...

looks awesome, I bet the taste is magnificent!
Greetings from Transylvania!

Karena said...

Theresa I visited my parents today and as soon as I walked in the door I could smell the freshly baked bread!!

I adore the alligator and would love to visit the bakery!

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