Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ancient ceremony

What I made for Christmas morning, for my sweet Polish husband; Polish Poppy-Seed Bread, or Makowiec, a yummy rum, poppy-seed, and dried fruit filled bread that emanates a damp concentration of love and spice across your house.

[Breadbaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells...there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.

--M. F. K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

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