I discovered a fascination for bread making quite serendipitously in 2009 at the age of 53 and have since made 100+ different kinds of bread. I had never before made yeast breads, nor had I canned jams or jellies; in fact, I rarely even cooked, having had the good sense to marry a man who knows his way around a kitchen. The more I learned, the more I realized there was to learn about making good bread. I make it for the breadth of flavor experiences and textures that are not available in any other way. I make it for the health of it. I’d like to say that I make it for the economy of it as well, however I admit to a fascination for kitchen gadgets in near equal measure to that of bread making. It’s quite possible the two may cross each other out.
The name “Ardys ‘n Bread” came about when I was donating 6 months of bread for a fund raising event last year. I was obligated to name the donation, to select an assortment of breads which I would be willing to make for the highest bidder and to assign a value to the breads. I made up a flyer, described each bread, designed labels for them, drafted “keeping” instructions and even an ingredients list. Yes, it’s true–I fantasized that I was marketing my favorite breads for the adoring public, although in the real world, I don’t want to be in the bakery business. (I am not an early riser.) Anyway, my real name is “Ardys” (pro. like “artist” without the “t”) and it was a short mental trip from “artisan” to “Ardys ‘n” For the first time in my life, my odd name is rather clever and useful.
P.S. I also enjoy cooking now, too. Go figure.