I've taken to baking bread on the weekends - a simple loaf made of 100% whole wheat flour. The recipe* comes from the gods of whole grain baking, the King Arthur Flour company.
I love the feel of the dough under my hands, the way I end up measuring time by the number of minutes left for rising, the smell from the oven. And then finally, after a day of waiting expectantly, the luxurious act of spreading butter (or earth balance) on a warm piece of bread. We always cut it before we're supposed to. We never let it cool enough. How could we?
We eat those first warm bites with our eyes closed, sighing in gratitude for the way a little bit of yeast can turn flour and water into this nutty goodness. For days, we eat the bread in unfortunate quantities - slathered in butter, covered with a bit of cheese, or just plain, sneaking off a slice before dinner. And then it's gone and we look forward to the next weekend and another day that ends with a warm loaf from the oven.
* I make a few changes to the recipe for our needs. I use dry soy milk instead of regular dry milk, and I use 1/4 cup orange juice in place of part of the water, which tempers the bitterness of the whole wheat a bit. I sweeten ours with maple syrup.