Celebrity bread dreams

4 Apr

Last night, I dreamt I was trapped in a loaf of bread and could not get out. Not even Johnny Depp (he was the hero of my dreams) could cut me out of the hard-as-rock loaf of plain white pullman.

I woke up in a cold sweat.

I didn’t need a dream analyst to interpret the dream.  I am fretting about my new adventure with Marty — you’ve read about her here before right? My partner in Kitchen Grimes?

Well, we’ve decided to start a sandwich catering business, small scale of course. Miniscule actually, starting with some of our colleagues at work. Writers and designers: we eat a lot. Anyway, the idea is home made gourmet sandwiches for lunch every Monday. We offer three choices each Monday (customers have to pre-order) and everything — from the bread to the spreads (no store bought Mayo, thank you very much) is home made.

Seeing as how I am an amateur bread maker, I am naturally nervous. What if my loaves fail? What if no one likes my bread? What if the loaf does not rise? What if … what if… what if…

Hence the nightmare.

And that’s how I ended up baking a loaf of bread at 11pm; finishing only at about 3am. I couldn’t leave it to Sunday … remember the list of “what ifs”? I made a black pepper pullman loaf for the Curried Tempeh sandwich: one of two vegetarian options on our first menu. The other is a Grilled Eggplant and Cottage Cheese on Foccacia and the non vegetarian option is a Roast Chicken and Thyme on Wholemeal.

For our first week (hopefully it won’t be our last), Marty is making two sandwiches: the chicken as well as the  eggplant.  We have 23 orders in total and Marty’s got two types of bread to bake and a chicken to roast. We’ve decided to assemble all the sandwiches together on Monday and pack them before delivering them to our colleagues. I hope we do well, because it’s been a real ride so far: the planning, the experimenting on flavours and fillings, the bread making. A ride indeed.

And the name of our sandwich outfit? We’re called Crazy Juliet, a name that harks back to the time when Marty and I first started working together — more than a decade ago. Can’t tell you more, but you can guess 😉

A little about the black pepper pullman. You have the usual suspects as ingredients:   active dry yeast, tepid water,  sugar,  high protein bread flour, unsalted butter,  coarse ground black pepper, salt and  milk. For the full recipe, click on the link below. Now, it’s 4 am and it’s time to sleep. Wonder if Mr Depp will re appear..

Black Pepper Sandwich Loaf


4 Responses to “Celebrity bread dreams”

  1. Marty April 4, 2010 at 07:35 #

    Here’s to our venture! (clink)

  2. Argus Braidus April 4, 2010 at 18:03 #

    All the best to you two!
    I know how it feels the moment one involves money in the equation — pressure, pressure, pressure! Did I mention pressure and stress?!

    This reminds me of the morning I saw Mel off at 5.15am and finished cooking two pots of assam fish curry by 7am for a demo-class-cum-lunch that day, haha.

  3. Melissa April 6, 2010 at 02:44 #

    Love this idea!


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