Monday, January 26, 2009

The Science of Breadmaking

K made yeasted bread rolls with the children on Sunday afternoon while I went shopping with a friend.

When I came home, The Rooster explained the finer points of bread making.

"Do you know what the yeast are doing in the dough, Mommy?"

"No Rooster. What are they doing?" I asked.

"They are eating the sugar!" She told me.

"Oh, really? I didn't know that," I said.

"And do you know how the yeast make the dough rise?" she asked.

"No," I said, "I don't. How do they do it?"


"By farting! They eat the sugar and then they FART and the dough rises."

Confused, I turned to look at K.

He shrugged.
"Something like that," he said.

"And you know what else, Mama?" Rooster said hopping from foot to foot with excitement.

"What? What else, Roo?"

"When we put the rolls in the oven, they're all going to die. The YEAST are ALL going to DIE!"

I can't decide if I should have stayed home.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

No, you definitely did the right thing. And documenting it was the correct next step. Thank you for a "snorting out loud" moment to start my day.

natasha the exile on Mom Street said...

Eh, no one died. Well, except for the yeast.

Don't ever looking a shopping trip with a friend in the mouth! Or something like that....

Sayre said...

I'm sure K was just trying to make sure Roo was okay to eat them. It might have gotten out of hand if Roo decided she wasn't about to eat live yeast farts.

~**Dawn**~ said...

I wandered over here from the Thirty Something Bloggers site. And I am glad that I did because I *really* needed that laugh.

witchypoo said...

Now she knows that there is something whose sole purpose in life is to fart and die. Poetic justice?

John Ross said...

OK, I'll never look at bread the same.

Anne said...

Thanks for the great giggle!

Mary G said...

Monday is suddenly tolerable. Thanks for that; I think I am going on a low carb diet.

JoeinVegas said...

Ah yes, learning the facts of life from dad via bread: we all fart then die.

Janet said...

Today on the Food Network: Baking with the Grim Reaper! ;)

Magpie said...

You know, they kind of have it right.

Mac and Cheese said...

I'm kind of envious of yeast.

Ali said...

i like her explanation. i think i'll use it the next time i bake bread with my kids. ;)

Joe B. said...

Eat, fart, and die.

Bread is kind of existential.

Dysd Housewife said...

The funny thing is..She's right.

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

The job of yeast in a nutshell! So cute, I hope you don't mind if I link to this on my blog.

movin' down the road said...

You could introduce K to "Google" for his information

liliannattel said...

That is hilarious. It reminds me of Babette Cole's picture books.

flutter said...

she was CLEARLY watching Alton Brown.

Miriam said...

Love it! I can picture your daughter telling you that and K... imagination should always be a key factor in father-daughter or son relationship!

Bogart in P Towne said...

Ah, learning.

Now, only be worried if she starts celebrating or getting this excited about the death of anything bigger than an ant.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I got here from WildYeast.
You will one day be so happy to have this story!
Lovely!

Marjoke said...

Can you tell me why we buy thick books about how yeast works when a lovely kid can tell us in two sentences?
I love your child.

Cristie said...

My children are at that tender age which is overly impressed by the human body's ability to release gas from two separate openings simultaneously. Perhaps this knowldege that yeast do it too will inspire in my children a cosmic connection between themselves and the ever important YEASTS OF THE WORLD. Thanks for the hoot!

Miriam said...

Made my day. Is it too late to have K explain yeast to my kids?

breadchick said...

I'm using this explanation during my next bread baking 101 class. Absolutely perfect!

scazon said...

That is seriously the best thing I've read in a long while!

coffeegrounded said...

2Cute! 2Precious!

I miss those lovely 'surprises'; my daughters are now 18 and 24.

Enjoy these times to the fullest.

katiez said...

I'll never look at bread the same way... Now, I'll always have a smile on my face.

Bethany said...

Well that's how I've always described the process to my girlies, but I don't know if I could have kept a straight face if one of them had said it to me first:-) That's delightful!