I was recently reading an article on herbs as the sage, oregano, and mint plants are starting to flourish in our garden at home and the breads from our kitchen are filling the air with these wild aromatics. It said, "Across many different cultures and time periods, humans have cherished a secret meaning of herbs and plants as we seek to connect with others and the natural world around us...remembering this and including them in our daily lives as points for contemplation is a beautiful way to pay tribute to these ties between plants and humans that have existed for thousands of years."
I didn't know this before but apparently rosemary symbolizes remembrance...their piney, earthy, and rich fragrance makes me think of Thanksgiving at my godparents' house and my favorite slice from Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza downtown. This week, we are adding a semolina bread to the menu laced with fresh rosemary and olive oil. The best part about durum wheat is that it produces a melt-in-your-mouth crumb with a characteristic tender bite...and I think the light yellow hue of it, the flecks of green, and the bright flavor will always remind me of summer from now on too.
Speaking of herbs, Black Sage sourdough will be making an appearance at the market again. I made some eggs-in-a-hole this past weekend with a loaf we had saved from last time, drizzled it with a sriracha cream sauce, and sprinkled it with chives from the garden - it turned out pretty delicious. If you've never made an egg-in-a-hole before, here are some good instructions. Trust me when I say, somehow they are way better than eggs on top of toast.
We will also have Cranberry & Walnut, Jalapeño Cheddar, Baker & Brewer, Seven Seed Whole Wheat, and our Organic Country White loaves on the menu. I've been seeing some great stuff from folks who purchased breads from C&C either at Rockford City Market on Friday or North End City Market on Saturday and then send us pictures to show off what they are doing with the loaf. Thanks so much to those of you who brightened my days like that and I can't wait to see what you'll cook up this weekend!