Thank you last week's readers for all of your suggestions and support about my bird problem! I have tried the rubber snake and silver to scare away the birds, and I think it is helping, so thank you!
Lately I have been trying to get in the routine of making homemade bread (even though I can't eat it!) because it is more healthy and less expensive, and I'm sure tastes much better - I am assuming! - than store bought bread. I enjoy the feel of kneading bread - it is one of my favorite things to do, but with all the work that goes into it, I do not want one morsel wasted! So I try to find ways to use up homemade bread that is going stale.
One dish I have discovered to do this with is savory bread pudding. I take about 8 cups worth of bread, dry it out in the oven for about 10 minutes or so, and then beat together 3 eggs and 3 cups of milk. Then I add whatever I have on hand - this time I added thyme from my garden, some bits of bacon, some pieces of onion, and some bits of blue cheese that had been in the fridge for, ahem, a very long time. Here is the result:
I have also been experimenting with sourdough - my first experience was a flop as the bread did not rise at all! I didn't want to just throw away the loaf, so I made french onion soup and used it as a bread bowl.
How do you use up stale or not risen bread?