TO BAKE IN A KITCHEN FROM JANE AUSTEN’S TIME
RENOVATING AN ANCIENT BREAD STOVE
Once upon a time, at that time of the year when autumn slowly turns into winter, a festival of fragrances and colours would have invited us to the large and warm kitchen that forms the heart of the 168-years-old property.
From that kitchen, the smell of freshly baked bread and other delicacies would have called to the tired workers to come and rest, with a delicious loaf of bread as a reward for their hard work. In the quiet peace they would have prayed, waiting for a sign of their Lord and thanking him for the food they ate.
Beatrice ‘s eyes would have glowed with pleasure while loading birch wood to heat the baker’s oven.
I feel a deep connection to Beatrice, I can easily imagine the satisfaction she would have felt at the end of her workday. Living in his house, I too found my mission: to refurbish this furnace and bring it back it to use in its former state. I want to be able to offer my bread to my family, my guests, and any man, woman or child who would happen to stop by my place - a bread I would have made lovingly according to ancient recipes in that old bread stove.
I thank you all in advance for anything you’ll be able to do. Every donor will receive a loaf of bread, hand-baked from old recipes, using only the best flour, and the best stove - Beatrice’s stove.