I don’t know why these rosemary peasant loaves got me thinking about simplicity.
Maybe it’s because there are just a few, simple ingredients that render a delicious, strong mix of flavors. Maybe it’s because they’re called peasant loaves, and whenever I read that word I’m filled with thoughts of big, open, uncluttered pastures, prairie dresses and families working the earth together just to get dinner on the table.
I know that’s pretty “Little House on the Prairie” of me — but I guess what I’m trying to say is, whenever I think of peasants, I think of a rich, full life. A simple life, but a full one. It’s the kind of life I try to live every day.
But it’s so hard to do, isn’t it? With the accumulation of more and more and more stuff over time despite efforts to de-clutter my life, sometimes I wonder if it’s ever possible to follow the mantra “Live simply.”
Though it’s not easy, I still do think it is possible.
What I like about this bread is how simple the ingredients are and how easy it is to make a loaf that is so flavorful. The mix of aromatic rosemary herbs, savory olive oil and crunchy sea salt is one of my favorite flavor combinations. It’s hard to pinpoint which ingredient really makes the loaf shine – they all work together equally, and each bite is filled with a medley of all three flavors.
Even with all those flavors working together, this bread isn’t pungent – but it still gets your attention.
Served warm and fresh out of the oven with olive oil and freshly ground pepper on the side, these loaves are perfect sidecars to a filling – and simple – meal.Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon