Friday Fictioneers – Our Daily Bread

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Fabulous Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


hearty-bread

Image © Kelvin M. Knight. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Kelvin Knight’s permission.


Our Daily Bread

They have work to do but every few minutes one of them comes to the kitchen and looks through the oven window. Watching the bread rise and bake has a meditative, relaxing quality. But, there’s work to do.

60 minutes later they gather around the oven, all six of them. They check the temperature and smile. It’s safe to open the door. The delicious aroma of freshly baked bread greets their hopeful noses; their mouths water.

Alex cuts slices with scientific precision. No one wants peanut butter. They savour the first bite. Fresh bread on the ISS tastes like heaven

(100 words)


I pledgeThis soon won’t be Science Fiction, but it’s not yet realistic fiction. Here’s an article about the progress and process of baking bread in space. The name ‘Alex’ refers to the German astronaut Alexander Gerst who’s been on the ISS a few years ago and will go there again to be commander of the ISS next year. Germans and their love of bread are a separate story. Let’s just say, he’ll love it if it can be done by then. And if you wonder about odours on the ISS, here’s an article that explains how those get filtered out.

And finally, for your entertainment, here’s Chris Hadfield’s space kitchen:

 

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67 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Our Daily Bread

  1. Mm, your story feels so real that now I want fresh bread! Interesting, I never thought about baking bread in space. Thanks for linking to that fun video, too. I’m crazy busy this morning (about to head out to the big conference we’re hosting) but I always have two minutes to watch Chris Hadfield in space!

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      1. The conference is going great! Although I’ve already lost my voice after the first day. That’s how much fun we had at the dinner reception with the live band last night! It was held outside in perfect (whew) California weather, under trees with those bitty white lights in them — it was pretty magical.

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    1. In the past, when I went canoeing frequently, we used to bake bread on a stick, which is so much better than crackers. You put the flour, spices and yeast according to recipe into a large plastic bag. A few hours before you want to bake, you add water and knead the dough in the bag. Then you let it rise in the bag, repeat the kneading as often as necessary. Then we took the dough out of the bag and wrapped it around the sticks for baking over the camp fire. The bag was burnt. This reduces the mess considerably. I suppose that they’ll make it in a similar fashion once the oven is ready and up there. All they then need to do is take the dough out and put it in the oven. Im sure they come up with clever ways to do this. They did manage to brew espresso in space. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Lynn. I just explained to draliman how we used to go canoeing and baked bread on a stick. I had the pre-prepared dry dough-mix in large plastic bags and added water. The kneading, rising etc. was all done in the bag. After it’s risen enough, it usually doesn’t stick that badly any more. I guess they’ll come up with something similar for space. Or maybe it’s integrated in the oven. Thank you.

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  2. Read this and thought of the Sweet bread I baked this morning… I watched it closely, enjoying the smells each time I cracked the door (ever 1/2 hr). An hour 15 cooking, the pic was clean, the sound hollow…I took it out. Ohhh how my mouth was watering while it cooled. Finally, I plunged the knife through, opened it up to the heart…. the center was still raw….AAAAGGGHHH! RUINED! Conclusion: I need to move someplace that has a working stove.

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