Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) from a King Arthur Baking recipe. ๐Ÿž

The next stop in my March Around the World is in Greece as I watch the 2018 film โ€ŽPITY directed by Babis Makridis on MUBI. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท

Fresh sourdough loaf cooling.

Sourdough bread cooling on metal rack.

Today my March Around the World film is from Vietnam with the 2019 film THE TREE HOUSE directed by Truong Minh Quy on MUBI. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ

Made some apple cake for Pi Day.

Apple cake

My next March Around the World film is from France, directed by Nelly Kaplan in 1969 โ€“ A VERY CURIOUS GIRL on The Criterion Channel. ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Continuing to March Around the World by stopping in Ireland to watch the 2020 film โ€ŽTO THE MOON directed by Tadhg O’Sullivan as part of Montrรฉal’s Festival du nouveau cinรฉma’s Nuit Blanche celebration. ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐ŸŒ•

Zojirushi Bread Machine

One of the most useful things I have is my Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus Breadmaker. I’ve had it for more than a year now and I use it a few times a week. I still make sourdough bread and I knead the dough in the bread machine which saves a lot of time.

When I’m pressed for time I can make a loaf of bread in the machine in a few hours without having to do much after everything gets put into the machine. It’s also great for making pasta dough or any other stuff that needs to be kneaded. Using the recipes from King Arthur Baking has made a big difference and I even occasionally make some tomato soup using the “Jam” setting on the bread machine.

It’s large enough to make a full-sized 2 pound loaf of bread. Following the guidance of King Arthur Baking, when I make bread in the machine I take the dough out just before the final rise and remove the paddles, and form the loaf before putting it back into the machine. This reduces the dents in the bread the paddles will cause, and it also makes the bread slip more easily out of the bucket when the bread finishes baking.

Lately, my favourite bread machine bread is the Back-of-the-Bag Oatmeal Bread and my other regular recipe is the Bread Machine Bread - Easy As Can Be recipe. One of the benefits of working from home during the pandemic is that there now is always fresh, homemade bread in the house. It’s great to be able to get up in the morning and put the ingredients into the machine and then have a fresh loaf of bread ready at lunchtime.

Watching โ€ŽDEATH OF A LADIES’ MAN directed by Matt Bissonnette because of Leonard Cohen music, Gabriel Byrne, and a bunch of Quรฉbรฉcois actors. ๐ŸŽฅ

Sipping a delicious Double Orange Ale from Unfiltered and thinking that my last day at the school before everything changed was exactly a year ago.

Watching โ€Žthe sublime and beautiful THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL yet again. ๐ŸŽฅ

Watching โ€Ža film from Japan in my March Around The World with Naomi Kawase’s 2020 film TRUE MOTHERS. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Watching โ€Ža 1953 film from Spain for my next stop in my March Around World โ€“ SEGUNDO Lร“PEZ, URBAN ADVENTURER directed by Ana Mariscal thanks to the Instituto Cervantes. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Film #12 in my March Around the World is from Poland โ€“ the 2019 film โ€ŽCORPUS CHRISTI directed by Jan Komasa on the Criterion Channel. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Watching โ€Žfilm #11 in my March Around the World with a 2020 film from Georgia โ€“ BEGINNING directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili on MUBI. ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช

For those in the US and Canada, Mark Cousinsโ€™ WOMEN MAKE FILM is on The Criterion Channel along with a great selection of films directed by women.

Today in March Around the World I’m watching a film from Armenia from 2006 โ€“ โ€ŽTHE LIGHTHOUSE directed by Mariya Saakyan on MUBI. ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

Watching โ€Ža Hitchcock that I haven’t seen in my March Around the World with his UK film โ€“THE 39 STEPS from 1935 on TCM. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Made some spicy Mafรฉ tempeh for supper along with some pita bread and rice.

Rice and stew in bowl with pita bread on a plate.

Film #8 in my March Around the World is a 2006 film from Chad โ€“ DRY SEASON directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun on The Criterion Channel. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉ

Watching โ€Ža film from Mexico set in Newfoundland as stop #7 in March Around The World with Yulene Olaizola’s 2012 film FOGO on MUBI. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

Watching a film from Morocco as #6 in my March Around the World โ€“ โ€ŽABOUT SOME MEANINGLESS EVENTS from 1974 directed by Mostafa Derkaoui on MUBI. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Blue sky reflected in a cup of coffee.

Window reflected in coffee in mug.

March Around the World film #5 is the Norwegian film โ€ŽTHE WAYWARD GIRL directed by Edith Carlmar from 1959 on MUBI. ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Continuing my March Around the World with the Chinese film โ€Ž24 CITY from 2007 directed by Jia Zhangke ๐ŸŽฅ