The room was deliciously warm and scented from the morning's baking and beery aroma of the rye.
Well, you just can’t predict the things that will press people’s buttons. I have been roundly ticked off by several readers for remarking a few weeks ago that I couldn’t understand why people bothered with bread making machines when it is so pleasurable to do it by hand. Marilyn Laws – my current favourite correspondent – wrote “I went out last week and became one of the statistics for increased sales of bread-makers. Whatever the reasons I had, over many years, for making bread, pleasure never came into it. Better bread, cheaper bread and, at one point when there was a strike, any bread at all were the reasons.”