Thanks 52 Loaves for helping me heat up my kitchen. All that reading about bread and wheat and steam and crust made me want to get my hands dirty. Luckily it wasn’t too warm a day here in the Bay Area yesterday. I even disregarded my mixer and its dough hook to plunge my two hands into that sticky dough, kneading and kneading, flour all over the counter. The result was satisfying: two loaves of hearth bread (using this King Arthur Flour recipe – short rising time, easy to follow, a great crust and soft interior!) and since the oven was on, my favourite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (I pretend that the oats make it healthy) from one of my most well-thumbed cookbooks, Bill Granger’s bills food (which someone posted here).