2012/05/10

Real Stuff (FFwD: Provencal Olive Fougasse)

Thank goodness. This week's FFwD finally rounds the corner back into the comfort zone.

Yeast and flour.

There was not a sardine, coconut shred or a sweet, little, furry lamb to be found.

Yep, we are back into safe territory.

Whew.



This week, let's talk about real stuff - like bread and the real world.
It's hard to be all "hoity toity" when a hunk of bread is around.

At least I can never manage it.

Bread is kind of like life - no matter how hard you try, a few crumbs are always going to escape and fall onto the tablecloth or hit the floor.


Here is one of life's crumbs...

There's a new dent on my car.

And a matching dent on the garage.

But no one knows how that happened.

No one, who pulled the car out of the garage to wash it and parked it back in the garage in a most cock-eyed manner, knows anything about it.

But I was a cool cat. I didn't yell.

I only raised my eyebrow at no one. A little bit.


At which point, I may have laid it on a "little" thick to no one in particular.

Like how much all of the repairs would cost (dramatic wiping of brow). And how all these repairs might interfere with prom. Suddenly the face belonging to no one started to scrunch up a bit.

I have yet to break no one into confessing. But it will come... I am patient.

In case you were wondering, a little bit of rubbing alcohol and some minor carpentry will take care of both items - it really wasn't a huge deal. I am fighting a battle of principle... No one needs to come clean. Hey, there are times where you have to pull out every weapon in the arsenal. The battle for truth isn't always pretty. Or fair.

That's real stuff, people.

The crumbs of life.


Now, back to the real bread.

Fougasse, is a fancy sounding name for an over-sized, funky, bread-stick like hunk of bread.

Adding olives, rosemary, zest and a few strategic slices may make it seem all "fancy-schmancy" like; but don't be fooled. It's pretty rustic.

It's kind of hard to keep your pinky finger in the air when you are ripping hunks of yeasty goodness with your bare hands.

Just sayin'


The recipe for provencal olive fougasse can be found here - on Serious Eats.

This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. Hop on over to catch a glimpse of everyone else's yeasty treats.

UPDATE: No one  confessed... It only took a week.

37 comments:

  1. Didn't you love this bread? I couldn't keep my hands from ripping the crusty edges off and nibbling;-) I have a dent in my car and it's from the parking lot at the grocery store and I'm so not happy about it! I don't know if it's worse to be violated by strangers or loved ones?

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  2. Perhaps, just perhaps, you're talking about the newest Driver in your house? You gotta get the first one (meaning car meets foreign object) out of the way. No one was hurt. Just need a confession or two, right. About the bread. Yours looks good. There's not anything that can be wrong about fougasse. I'm loving May. On to the tart..........

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    1. The damage really was pretty minor so I am not upset. I just want her to come clean. It is the priciple, man, it is all about the principle.

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  3. I love it too...finally I baked fougasse ! Heard so much from other bloggers and now finally I can take a bite and oh la la..it was GOOD ! Love the stretching and slashing and pull the gap bigger and stretch to leaf form...hahaha all so fun and guess what I woke up at 5am to do this...in time to take it to office for my breakfast....one for Wild Boar and one for myself...ONE whole fougasse for myself ! Yummy !!!

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  4. Thanks for keeping it real each week Cher! Your fougasse looks wonderful!

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  5. I´m still laughing...nice way to start my friday Cher! I too found this bread incredible and hard to stop at one bite. But I like the fabrics underneath it!

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  6. Parents are entitled to every trick in the book! I have confidence that No One will come clean. Your fougasse looks delicious!

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  7. yay! no more sardines. Love your interrogation techniques (and the bread!)

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  8. I'm still waiting for things to "come clean" around here...and some have gone on for years. I'm not a naturally patient person but I have grown to become a patient person...part of the parenting thing. Now the trouble is...only Hubby and I are at home (although the others come home about daily) so everything that gets dinged is my doing and I still have a hard time fessing up to what I do...lots of dumb stuff...I don't even have a dog any more to blame my dumb stuff onto and somehow Hubby catches every problem I create. Well, at least I'm out there creating something even if it is encouraged by this group. Good luck with No One...I know just how she feels...let us know how this all turns out. And it's good to have these yeast and flour projects when life hand out stressers. Your bread is beautiful and your write up is precious.

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  9. Hooray for no sardines this week! ;-) Your bread looks lovely...

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  10. The bread looks good! We had a kind of similar episode this week, only my kids are younger, so they were a little easier to "break".

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  11. Love your post, Cher! Beautiful fougasse, too. ;)

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  12. I predict there's no chance of anyone coming clean ... until after prom. My teenage self also left a dent in the garage door (although not the car ... but the car may have been cheaper to repair ...), but was not so lucky as the Karate Runner duo, as my Dad was looking out the window when it happened. The bread looks absolutely fantastic ... been meaning to make this one for a while.

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  13. Cher, your photos are wonderful, love the bright red color of the fabric and the delicious looking fougasse studded with all those olives. It is nice that everyone seems to enjoy baking bread. Interesting story too...hope you will all spend a good weekend!

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  14. Your bread looks awesome! I remember as a teen I backed the car up into something and broke the tail light... my dad took the car out right after and when he came home I pointed it out and he thought he did it, or it happened while he was out. I came clean years later though ;)

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  15. Glad you are back on solid ground this week. Didn't you just love this one? I think this will become a regular at my house... Hope no one comes clean before leaving for college :) Have a great weekend!

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  16. Oh, bread is WAY out of my comfort zone. Frankly I'd rather make the sardines. Actually, I'd rather EAT the bread but MAKE the sardines, if that makes any sense.

    And I remember being NO ONE at times in my early life. Trust me when I say that she is sorry.

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  17. I did not learn how to drive until I was 30 years old and failed the first test by
    hitting a car while parking. (no big deal). Tricia passed on her first attempt and I was afraid to let her drive. Everything works out, hang in there. Your fougasse looks great and
    you don't even need sardines to enjoy it. Ha. Ha.

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  19. Cher, Your fougasse is absolutely perfect looking! Enjoyed your story of “no one”…”not me” used to live in my house! Happy Mother’s Day!

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  20. Wow, I wouldn't have the stamina to hold out as long as No One has. It sounds like you have the stamina for it too. :) This bread was a real treat - definitely a keeper!

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  21. Oh my gosh, so funny! Not that it happened but that you can't break No One. :P I'm definitely not looking forward to my boys being teenagers!

    Your bread looks fantastic though! And I hear ya about the "comfort zone". This was smack dab in the middle of mine and I loved every minuted of it!

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  22. Very pretty fougasse, Cher! I am sure no one will fess up soon. :)

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  23. beautiful bread.
    I'm never going to let my children drive!

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  24. Looks great! I remember ramming the car into the side of the garage when I was a kid - was bringing my grandmother back home from the hospital. It was a tale she took to her grave! Apparently, if my mother didn't already know, she probably does now - a little bit of googling will probably turn this up!

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  25. Lucky! I'm jealous that your comfort zone is yeast and bread!

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  26. I backed into my dad's truck the first day I had my license and broke the tail-light on my car. Luckily my parents were quick-thinking and told the insurance company someone hit my car in the parking lot while I was bowling....insurance fraud, I know, I know but seriously we pay them every month for something, right!? I hope everything works out for you guys. On the plus side, your bread looks amazing!

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  27. Oh dear -young drivers can be a little dangerous, even in the driveway. Glad it turned out not to be too serious.

    Your bread always looks wonderful and this one is no exception. I love how unfussy and shareable this bread was.

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  28. Baking bread really is cleansing and therapeutic isn't it? I cannot be around fresh baked bread I will eat it ALL. Man am I glad I don't have kids - my head would explode. A dog and 3 cats is more than enough responsibility for me, lol!

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  29. I hope you get a confession soon...I seem to be the only one in my family that dents my car :/ I wish I had some more of this bread...a winner, wasn't it?

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  30. I discovered fougasse when I was travelling through Nice and OMG IT IS THE MOST AMAZING FOOD EVER!!! They had them loaded up with ham, olives, cheese... *goes to happy fougasse place*

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  31. LOL - so glad that no-one finally came clean. That's fab looking bread you have there.

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  32. I would have crumbled at the first eyebrow-raise! Your bread looks great! I love a rustic loaf of bread. Looking forward to this week's recipe.

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  33. Great story, Cher! I'm glad that no one got left outside the circle of trust. :)
    And your fougasse turned out beautifully. Looks delicious!

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  34. I agree, 'no one needs to come clean' Good luck! Your bread looks delicious! I loved this recipe!

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  35. Congrats on getting your confession! Fun story. I agree, this bread sounded so much more intimidating than it was :-)

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