bread heaven...in france...

i am no nigella...

but i am a seriously obsessed with baking bread...border line scary obsessed..

i love to bake at any chance i get...
at my peak mad times...two big gorgeous loaves a day...
i love to rustle up an asian chook with noodles & a venician pasta too...

but i loooove to bake bread...

imagine my delight when we left our little french village over the summer & found this...

a bread festival...festival du pain...

i didn't even need to beg ask hubster firmly, but nicely, to stop the car...HE stopped because he knew it would make my day...

ooohhh & make my day it did...

stone bread ovens...

old bread cloths, floured & thick, bowing in the breeze...

french country bakers & literally mountains of good organic country bread...


i learnt to make bread on the island of Rasaay off the Isle of Skye....Scotland...by a very special friend of mine...a mad london gal...

she would have loved this bread festival...

hell...you could literally {& oddly} hate  flour & still want to bake bread ofter a morning like this...

i DID NOT leave empty handed...
but i did leave justified...VERY justified with my obsession!

...i hold this man & his river cottage totally responsible for my love of bread making...
...he is an organic genius in our house...


  1. Okay, going to
    visit THE MAN
    after I leave
    you with my two
    cents worth : )
    Today it FEELS
    like bread baking
    weather and the
    kids are off to
    school in a few
    hours, so...mmmm..
    I feel some flour
    love coming on!
    Hope you are enjoy-
    ing your first week
    of the term....I
    also have my pencils
    sharpened and am
    feeling that back
    to school energy!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: A bread FESTIVAL???
    How brilliant is that?!

  2. This must have been wonderful to visit, and to smell!!

  3. Nothing beats the smell of bread baking! Thanks for sharing your lovely images. Michelle

  4. I have an old bread cloth such as these ...

    AND I'm baking today ... it's time!

  5. A bread festival? How lucky are you to stumble across that piece of heaven. I can smell the bread from here. Lovely post.

  6. I can almost smell it from here... my secondary school used to be between a bakery and a brewery... in the morning we would be greeted by the smell of bread and in the afternoon, the air would be thick with the smell of hops! I've never baked bread, but the hubby is a dab hand at it! You really captured the essence of France on your trip! Lx

  7. I have baked bread from a starter before, but that's all.
    I can make biscuits from scratch, but haven't in years!!!!
    I do love to eat bread though...too much!
    Are you running?

  8. I'm a bread-a-holic too - how people manage to give up carbs is just beyond me. This looks absolutely freakin' fantastic - you must have been in your element. My mouth is watering just looking at your pics. Yum! K xx

  9. What a lovely post! And there is just nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread <3

  10. I'm all the way up in Norway :)
    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Oh YUM! Give me some fabulous organic butter to go with it and I am in heaven!! You must have been beside yourself with happiness to come across such a festival Melissa! Your photos are AMAZING as always:) Hope you are enjoying your week. Huge hugs my friend ~ Tina xx

  12. Ooooh you had me at bread heaven!!!!

    I am SO with you on this.....to me bread is a food group all of its own, the best one!!

    A bread festival sounds like heaven indeed....I love the photos you took....wonderful.

    I just passed a Jewish bakery full of the most gorgeous fresh bread....just as well there wasn't a lamp-post in front of me cos I would have walked straight into it....I was mesmerised by the beautiful golden colours of the bread glistening in the sunshine......YUM!!

    Thank you so much for agreeing to write to Butch, I do appreciate it - and I know that he and Summer will too....you're an angel :) xoxo

  13. Bread, bread, bread, bread! That is my chant whenever we go out for breakfast! I skip the meat and just order more bread.

    There's nothing better than a fat, crusty boule. These look like heaven!

  14. I can smell that bread from here, and your photos are so evocative. And that man of yours...what a good bloke. Have you heard we finally have a government??

  15. seriously? i think i may have just died and went to bread heaven just looking at your pictures, reading your descriptions. oh, i must coem to france. my husband would just love this, too. he really wants to build one of those big stone ovens in our back yard.
    love this melissa!

  16. Oh, I adore freshly made bread, so I'm smiling from ear to ear after seeing your post. Like Amy above, darling hubby and I have plans to build a brick/stone oven in our back yard too. It is just a matter of time. I'm sure when it happens, people will come knocking on my door, inquiring about the lovely aroma!
    This is my first visit to your lovely blog. I'll be back for sure!

  17. Ooo, I love the smell of freshly baked bread. I should bake it myself more often.

  18. Hi Melissa,
    Oooh, I can only imagine how absolutely divine that bread festival must have been! I wish I had time to make some more often, you're very industrious churning it out so often - totally worth it I've no doubt!
    I wonder if I can work on getting a stone bread oven in our garden - hmmm....
    Hope you're having a great week,
    Melissa xx

  19. oh.sigh.*drool*...sorry...i have never mastered the art of bread baking..sigh..any pointers?? in fact anything with yeast just doesn't seem to work or it could be our 7500' altitude!!
    would *love* to come learn some skills from a mad aussie girl living in northern england!! ;0)
    i'm going to have to hit the step-dad into baking up a batch of homemade goodness!!

  20. Fabulous post and I am a firm believer that the French make the besi bread in the world but I maybe a little biased as I happen to live in France :-)

    A tres bientot,

    Leeann x

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