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WIP and bread

I love the smell of baking bread and at the moment the house is filled with it. Every two days I have to down tools pen and pick up my apron and 2lb loaf tin.

Why? I hear you ask.

Well, I have noticed that I’ve been getting an allergic reaction for no reason. I mean I don’t eat nuts so it must be something else. I checked and had a little experiment, and it’s Palm Oil. I know – Palm Oil is meant to be totally safe for all allergies, but I react with it. It isn’t a life or death thing, but my hands, feet and ankles swell. It’s not pretty.

So I thought – no problem, I’ll just take it out of the diet.

Ha! It’s in bread, biscuits, sweets, cakes, drinks, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner… It’s in everything. Absolutely everything!

I hate to think how much people are eating and what it is doing. I mean it has no nutrition content at all. None. So why use it?

It’s cheap. Very cheap. Sure it kills rainforests and is tasteless with no goodness in it, but it’s cheap. And I’m allergic to it.

So as of the New Year I have had to make my own cake, bread and biscuits. Not only that but because it is in margarine or solid vegetable fat I have to use butter.

Does it make a difference?

Yes, but not in the way you are thinking. I haven’t suddenly put on masses of weight, nor has my hair got greasy, nor have I suddenly got bad skin. Instead I have a piece of cake, a small piece. Because all I want is a small piece. A cake that would have once lasted two days will now go for four days. Biscuits are eaten singly instead of by the handful. It’s strange but I don’t eat as much and I’m not hungry all the time.

I’m not sure if I’m losing weight, only time will tell with that, but I feel better. And my hands and feet are deflating.

The only problem is how much time it takes. I have mastered my first white loaf, but I have to take a day out every two days in order to keep ahead of my own needs. And I know I could pop in more, but I only have room to prove two loaves at a time. And no, I’m not eating a loaf a day, but it is usually one loaf and some rolls. And, oddly, I get help from others in the house eating the fresh bread. Can’t think why…

I don’t mind, but my work has suffered. I know it is only working to a routine. I’ve just got to get used to it.

As for ‘The Gone’ – well, I have hit a flow on the WIP and would like to finish it before I get back to ‘The Gone’. Don’t worry I will finish it by Easter. The posts might be patchy this month though – sorry to my readers.

In the mean time, tomorrow I have got to put a loaf in and write a few thousand words. I can do it. I just got to get used to it all. This New Year has been full of surprises so far. But even the bad ones are good, I love home made digestive biscuits. Did you know they have oats in them?

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