Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fresh Baked Bread along the Highway

There's nothing quite like the smell of fresh baked bread. It's homey and domestic, along with oatmeal cookies, rubber duckies, and being tucked into bed as a child. Even if you're gluten free or generally avoid bread, you may still secretly enjoy the aroma. 

Rebecca of Kula makes regular (with gluten) bread using organic flour. She's often hanging out along the highway on Thursdays and Saturdays from 4- 6 pm, although not consistently. It all depends on her schedule. I'd be more exact about where her car is located, but I think there's some weird state law against selling food by the side of the road. People do it all the time, whether it's pasteles (a green banana and spicy pork tamale-like dish) or fresh fish, or smoked venison and pork, and mangoes or lychees when they are in season, but I think one could be busted if the police chose to do so. Jaywalking and drinking alcohol on the beach are also technically illegal but rarely enforced. 

So I want to share what I think is very cool, but not get her in trouble.  Just look for the signs "organic bread" as you're heading uphill in Kula.  She says she's there until the bread runs out. We've heard of bookmobiles; this is a breadmobile.

She had four varieties in her car the day I spotted her:

  • A seeded bread that includes flax and sunflower seeds
  • A sourdough bread that uses a 100 year old starter (Starters are a specially cultivated mixture of flour and yeast that are nurtured to give sourdough breads their distinctive flavor.)
  • A rye and caraway seed bread
  • A rosemary bread

Each loaf is $5. Rebecca's been making bread for at least three years and has set up her road side car stand since April. Again, she's not always there, which is probably good, because of the state law I mentioned above. I may end up yanking this post or being more vague about location if I get feedback that she could get in trouble. I don't have a way to contact her either - she says she's either there or she's not there. How very zen.  She did say it was okay to take photos and blog about her breadmobile. 

We tried the rye and caraway despite DH's aversion to seeds in rye bread. He loves rye bread, and I've made some loaves, but they turned out heavy and thick, like killer bread bricks. But the flavor's good. We have also tried the rye bread from the grocery store - which is sometimes hit or miss, and the rye from Rodeo General Store in Makawao. By the way, if you buy the rye from Rodeo General Store, make sure to double check that it's rye bread with the people in the deli. Sometimes the clerks get it wrong. Despite the seeds, he still liked Rebecca's version better than the other store bought breads. So we'll definitely be back for more rye bread, the kind that doesn't dent the counter. 


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