Rustic Bread with Herbes de Provence (vegan) //

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”

– Julia Child

As we are fast approaching yet another year, I’ve been thinking a lot about time. I tend to be a bit hard on myself when it comes to what I want to accomplish in this lifetime. I have so many passions and dreams, and in a generation of scrolling and comparing, it’s easy to feel like we are somehow falling short. So, I wanted to remind you all of a few amazing women who got their momentum a little later in life. It’s never too late. Be gentle with yourself and the journey.

J.K. Rowling was 32 when she really broke out.

Julia Child didn’t make a real name for herself until 50.

Leslie Jones joined SNL at 47.

Kathy Bates got her big break at 43.

After years of working in the busy media world, Vera Wang decided that she wanted more out of life. At age 40, she started her own line of wedding gowns.

Allow yourself to live in passion today with a sweeter pace. That’s what I love about the process of bread making. It is delicate, slow, simple, and the outcome is so beautiful and worth the wait. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a perfect beginner recipe. Give it a shot and let me know what you think in the comments!

What you need:

2 cups of lukewarm water

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons dried herbs de Provence

1 teaspoon salt

1 active dry yeast packet

1 Tablespoon of olive or canola oil

What to do:

1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of warm water and dry active yeast and let it sit in a warm place for about 5 minutes or until slightly foamy.

2. In a medium bowl, add flour, salt, herbs and sugar. When your yeast is ready, add it to the flour mixture, mixing it in with a fork until sticky, add the rest of your water a very slowly, forming a ball. You might not need all of the water.

3. Add some flour to your hands and gently knead your dough into a smooth elastic ball (don’t overwork).

4. Place your dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Put it in a warm place to rise (about 40 minutes).

5. Place a little more flour on your hands, pat it down and roll it into a ball again.

6. Place your dough on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Shape it into an oval.

7. Lightly brush your oil over the dough and sprinkle with sea salt and a pinch of additional dry herbs.

8. Score the top of the dough with a sharp knife, about 1/2 inch deep, in 2-3 slices.

9. Bake about 30 minutes.

10. Serve with some vegan butter and enjoy!

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