Use your loaf. . . .


If you tell someone to use their loaf, you are telling them in a slightly angry way that they should think more carefully about what they are doing.  In Cockney rhyming slang  ‘loaf’ is short for ‘loaf of bread’ which means head.  My father, after retiring from the Air Force, used to work for The Flour Advisory Bureau distributing material to all the bakers in Scotland. Many clever sayings were used in the advertising, ‘Use your loaf’ was one of them.

Having been in France on my recent holiday, one of the things I am now missing is the wonderful bread.  We got into the habit of collecting fresh bread from the boulangerie and it is now difficult going back to making my own bread.  Much as I enjoy the bread I make in the bread machine it is not the same as the French bread. It probably has something to do with your state of mind, and the country you are in at the time.

Travel gives you the chance to experience different foods and you would think that bread is basically the same the world over but it is not.  I should qualify that by saying the the supermarket white sliced bread is the same the world over.  I call it plastic bread and I will not buy it.

I also enjoyed the bread in Scotland but there it was the floury baps that I enjoyed. I think perhaps childhood memories had something to do with it.  Our family used to put out a tin at the back door and the baker delivered the rolls in the morning.  I don’t think that happens these days! We usually had more than the allocated one roll per person and there was often an argument about who would get a second roll.

The soft baps are delicious but unfortunately some bakers appear to be adding more sugar than I remember, thus making it a sweet roll and that is just not right.  Many small bakeries have gone by the way as the supermarket chains take over, stores such as Costco and Tesco.  Maybe in the future we will go back to artisanal bakeries.  I certainly hope so.

Now I am back home I am going to have a go at making soft baps.  There are several recipes on the internet so I will give this one a try.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. bookgrrl says:

    It is funny how each culture makes a basic staple such as bread so differently! The plastic bread you refer to I once saw labelled in Rome as ‘pane Americano’, and I am not not going to say anything else…

    1. suth2 says:

      Yes! That says it all.

  2. Meg THompson (@queenAdeline) says:

    Both Nadine and Sam are working with bread and pasties now, so we love it when Sam comes back after a night baking,with the odd croissant that’s not quite the right size. We are lucky here in the Byron area as there are many Farmers markets and bakers. I think a good Pumpkin and pepitas loaf is one of my favourites.
    ps. white sliced still makes the best fairy bread!

    1. suth2 says:

      I forgot about fairy bread! It just wouldn’t be the same on any other sort of bread.
      You are lucky having Sam to provide you with the occasional croissant.

  3. Those floury baps are lovely, I like the little bits that tear off the sides….mmmm. Bread is the thing I miss most after a trip to France, too, and according to my mum it’s to do with the flour they use. I don’t think it can be just that though because I’ve tasted bread made in the UK that claims to be made using French flour and it isn’t the same. Maybe it’s a combination of lots of things, but they really do have a first class product there.

    1. suth2 says:

      My favourite way to eat them is with bacon and fried tomato.

  4. Northern Narratives says:

    I am happy that I have the time and energy to bake bread. I would never eat that stuff from a plastic bag 🙂

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