You know what comes to mind when I hear the word "rustic"?
The three-holed outhouse that sat up on my grandmother's plot of land by the lake - where our family used to spend summers during my childhood.
Each summer we would spend several weeks in a tent - later on, in a camper - near the lake and well, using the outhouse was necessary to do the necessary.
As totally inelegant as the whole concept of outhouses can be - my real fear of them came in the once darkness took over. I was absolutely convinced throughout most of my youth that some animal was going to get me a) on my way to the outhouse (bear, skunk) or b) while I was in the outhouse (mice, squirrel, snake).
In the middle of the night, that twenty foot walk to the outhouse felt like a mile.
I am sure I was a great source of irritation to my parents when I woke them up in the middle of the night to come out and hold a light for me so that I wouldn't have to make the trek in total darkness. At one point my parents bought me a very, very large flashlight - I think those late night wakenings may have been a trigger for that gift...
So yeah, that's what is indelibly imprinted on my mind when I hear the word "rustic".
Fortunately, this week's brush with rustic is of a different nature.
It does not portend any tales of dangerous wildlife.
The wildest part of this tale is the presence of potato skins in in a loaf of bread.
No potatoes were peeled in the making of this bread (which is a total bonus in my book).
When someone doubts the virtues of making bread at home, I will often steer them toward a potato bread.
Something special happens when potato is brought into the mix. That starchy little tuber takes a perfectly respectable, but perhaps somewhat crumbly bread and elevates it to a soft tender bite of heaven.
That. Is a type of rustic that I can deal with any day.
Potentially skunk laden outhouses in the middle of the night? Not so much.
This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe for Rustic Potato Loaves can be found on the site of this week's host: Dawn of Simply Sweet.