Monday, December 9, 2013

The Art of Loafing Around: Karma and Sweat...

I had the most amazing experience this past weekend.

An experience that would involve...

Story telling, lessons learned in slowing down, creating, savouring, and most importantly...

Loafing around with some good karma and sweat to go alongside.


As SuperFit and I made our way to our bread making workshop...

We didn't quite know what to expect other than...

Learn how to bake bread, and eat it too.

Interestingly enough...

SuperFit and I very seldom eat bread but...

I knew this was something I wanted to attend, learn from, and experience with SuperFit because...

I'd been meaning to ever since I found out about the workshop last year! (In my goal to end the 'I've been meaning to' or 'I've always wanted to' frame of mind, this was the perfect opportunity to just do.)

Did I mention the fact that...

Our Head Baker, John, was THE man who got SuperFit into cycling years and years ago. (John is a 'legend' within our cycling community. Not only well-known for his racing days, but for his involvement in getting people together who share a passion for cycling. And for inspiring young people to get on their bikes and enjoy it too. You can read more about John and The West Quebec Wheelers, as well as the Echelon Project here.)

John and his wife Nadia.
My dad, The Masta, and John in Mallorca, Spain.
John, SuperFit and friends during their group cycling trip to Mallorca.
A group of us at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.

As we settled ourselves into our spots, this is where...

Our baker kits would be found, ready to be used.


Soon enough, and with much anticipation...

This is where I would find myself with ears wide open listening to John's stories about how he got started in...

The art of baking.


After finding out that John once owned two bakeries, starting out by selling his muffins door to door...

It was then that the notion of...

'We all have to start somewhere' was reinforced. (We do, and it's up to us to get started on those very things we want to achieve, no matter what they are.)

As he continued to share his stories...

We listened, while putting together our very few ingredients. (I thought we'd have a pile of ingredients to work with, but sure enough, John kept it simple, raw and true to the core.)

I really loved watching SuperFit creating, in the kitchen.

As we measured, poured, mixed and kneaded...

John would often mention our knead need to add...
  1. Karma,
  2. Sweat; and...
  3. Love into what we were creating in order to...
Produce the best, and most savoury results. (And this ideal not only applies to bread making, but to all aspects of life.)


He went on FUrther to say...

We needed to...
  • Slow our selves down; 
  • Take our time, and
  • Enjoy the process. (Words I have often repeated to myself in my journey to healthy living.)

Putting karma and sweat into our bread making.

Without a doubt....

This again would apply not only to the art of loafing around, but...

In our goals of baking up our very own creations...

In the kitchen and in life.

One step...
At a time.

As we continued to cycle through our time together...

We enjoyed slowing down. Waiting. As well as savouring the in-between moments without rushing the timing of the process.


If anything...

The end result would end up being more than I could have tasted imagined.


No questions asked...

I am very grateFUl for the time spent firing things up over at John's place!

I left with not only hot buns but...

A greater appreciation and understanding of the need to slow down in the kitchen, and...

To add more of that karma and sweat into the meals I make.


Questions FU You...

Have you ever baked your own bread? Or taken a cooking/baking workshop?
What are some lessons you have learned from cooking and/or baking?
Are you a 'slow' cooker/baker? 

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36 comments:

  1. INTERESTING!!!!
    there are kids cooking classes here at whole foods and I wonder if my girl would learn those same kinds of lessons.
    Id love that....

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    1. I'm now trying to make my own bread. I'm practising patience as I'm preparing my own Sourdough Starter. No matter the goals, there are always steps to follow, patience to practice, and lessons to be learned.

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  2. Looks like a great fun filled day - nothing like food made with love!

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  3. Bread is certainly a process and takes a whole lot of patience (and arm strength!) but it is SO worth it in the end!

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    1. Definitely lots of arm strength!

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  4. hehe you know i'm all about loafing around - especially these days :) :)

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  5. baking my own bread is one of my favorite things to do!

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  6. Hmmm, fresh bread out of the oven?? Bliss! Sounds like such a fun workshop!

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  7. That looks awesome! I used to make my own bread but now we don't eat that much of it, either. But I've never done a workshop like that... so cool!

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    1. It was a really great experience. I'm in the process of making my starter. I want to practice making a few loaves before Christmas :)

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  8. I remember doing a school project on France and making croissants from scratch -- more than 8 hours later and sore arms from the rolling pin. But oooooh - melt-in-your mouth awesomeness -- analogy -- a lot of elbow grease pays off? a lot of butter makes you happy? It's good to be flakey? hmmm

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    1. It was so good. From the outside in :)

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  9. I have never even attempted baking bread like that - I'm afraid I don't have the patience. Sounds like a great experience in many ways for you!!

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    1. It only took about 4 hours from start to finish :) This was the sped up version ;)

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  10. Baking bread is a beautiful thing. I wish I had more time to do it but I am always so satisfied when I do! Love the new blog look :)

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    1. It really is! I loved every minute. And thanks, I needed to freshen things up :)

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  11. Sometimes I wish I had the patience to slow down and do something like this

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  12. How fun! I've been dying to take a cooking class!

    I've never made my own bread, beyond baking banana bread. Think you'll try this at home now?!

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    1. Yep! I'm currently in the process of making my Sourdough Starter. I'll be attempting a loaf this weekend :)

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  13. Looks like a great experience!!!

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  14. OMG, loved this post Kierston & not just for the bread says this bread lover! :) What an amazing experience in all ways!!!! OK, I must ask though, what is that dark loaf cause I love pumpernickel & rye!!! :)

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    1. It really was an incredible experience. I'm in the process of making my own bread at home. I'm learning more and more about patience, in our hurry to get to the finish line! I can't wait to see how it turns out...in my first attempt at it alone lol

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  15. Love this post!! What a fun looking class and I love how you relate it back to life :)

    Now I want to sign up to a breadmaking class!

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  16. How cool! Baking bread is definitely an art that requires you to slow down and enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. i love learning more about baking and cooking. It's therapeutic! and it is ART and when it rome... you gaze at the art, or eat in this case. hehe

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    1. hehe ;)

      It really is an art. Baking is an art I'm not to familiar with, especially when it comes to bread. I'm practising this weekend on becoming a better artist ;)

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  18. Mon petite Chef! So glad you got to experience such a class- and looking OUTSIDE of the food aspect of it- love it!

    I love baking and cooking (how masculine)- as Lindsay said, it really is therapeutic. Sometimes I don't even need the TV in the background or anything!

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    1. You really don't. He had great music on in the background. Perfect for the setting. I'm attempting my own this weekend :)

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  19. That looks like it was so much fun. I love how you can turn a baking lesson into a life lesson. I LOVE fresh baked bread. And bread baked with such love, it must have been amazing.

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  20. I am really learning to SLOW MY ROLL, TAKE DEEP BREATHS and relish the moments in my life these days, everyone must not take things for granted, even if the moments aren't their most favorite!! Once those moments are gone, they're gone forever!

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    1. No we must not take things for granted. We are so fortunate to have what we have. Each experience has lesson or lessons to be learned, no matter what the situations. From being still, to exercising, to loafing around ;)

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  21. I had actually read an article about using bread making as a form of walking mediation. This sounds like such an amazing experience! Admittedly I love bread so this could be dangerous haha

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    1. Try it Krysten! I had a blast. So did SuperFit. I'm determined to make my own bread for the holidays. I'm having a practise run this weekend lol

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  22. So cool, I've always wanted to make artisan breads. And I love the lessons of slowing down, enjoying the process and then the amazing product.

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  23. I've always wanted to bake my own bread. I love this post and the lessons you learned and yes, karma + sweat + love can produce some pretty great results.

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    1. That it can. And always will given those ingredients ;)

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