|5th October, 2005|| The advertisement for Helga's bread said the bread was 'created by fire, then handcrafted by masters'.
Seems backward to me but perhaps they could assist me...
Have you ever noticed in life how sometimes it seems that you are floundering in a fairly tumultuous and unforgiving sea, forever feeling that you are drifting further from the safety of firm land? Certainly, I have this feeling regularly. Occasionally, all too occasionally, I sense a lifebuoy nearby and head off, arms flailing like a demented threshing machine, in search of much needed security. I had one of those moments recently when I saw your advertisement in my wife's magazine.
I refer to the advertisement for your Toasted Soy & Sesame Bread that reads:
Created by fire, then handcrafted by masters.
Now, I am informed by my children that I am out of touch with the real world, that my cave is in need of a technological make-over, that my idea of how things work is severely limited by a mistaken belief that truth and justice will eventually prevail.
That brings me to bread. I thought I understood how it worked. You take some yeast, tickle its budding bits to get it excited, mix with flour, water and a few stray additive codes, roll in seeds of your choice, leave to fester a bit, place in an oven, cook until brown and hollow sounding, slice and, in an ideal world, eat warm with butter.
I would have thought the skill and talent in bread making is in the ingredients, the blending, the proving, the baking. But am I right in that, as the handcrafting comes after the fire bit, it must be in the slicing? Excellent! I need your help.
As I inferred earlier, my children do not think I can cut it so I am naturally interested in anything that elevates slicing to a Master Class level. Please ask your master craftsmen what I need to do to convince the heirs apparent that I can indeed cut it.
Yours rough cut,
J. Cosmo Newbery.
REPLY:,*Sniff!* The joy in this game, odd hobby that it is, is to try to get a good reply. The best reply is the one where you know that you have made someone's day. This afternoon I got a phone call from a lady at Helgas thanking me for my 'most interesting letter'. Oh well...at least she took the time to track me down.