On Saturday I spent a lovely four hours at the Richmond Sharing Farm with my friend Lisa and 10 other bread-loving folks. Under the masterful guidance of Chef Ian Lai, we made bread dough, focaccia dough and oatmeal dough. We learned all about the science of gluten and yeast and had a lovely little lunch in the park with fresh bread and other ingredients harvested from the farm.
We baked off a baguette and focaccia and brought the rest of our dough home. It was such a hot day that I could smell the dough proofing in my back seat as I drove home! We enjoyed the bread with dinner and then I made the oatmeal bread later in the evening. This focaccia wasn't a huge hit in our house so I used what was left to make croutons!
It was a fun day out and I learned some new things which is always great! It also reminded me how "old" Richmond was really such a small place. In the other 10 people that were there, one of the girls I went to junior high with and she was there with her dad, one of the ladies was someone I used to work with in the community centre circuit back in the late 80's, one was a mother of students who attended Homma when I taught there and another is an old high school friend of Neil's and she was at our wedding! Really? What are the chances...Richmond seems like such a big city now and has changed so much since my childhood here but really, it is such a small world!