Bread, it has gone from the most basic source of nourishment to whole grain dieting staple to food shunned and the gluten sensitivity enemy, cause of unwanted weight gain and digestion problems. Bread itself may not be as evil as current culture pronounces it, but that which we buy in plastic bags at the supermarket may be. Not because it is bread. The chemical additives, preservatives and flour from wheat sprayed with pesticides seem to me more of a problem than eating a slice of wholesome homemade bread. I wonder if in 10 years we will look back on all the no gluten recommendations and say, as we now say for fat, gluten isn’t really that bad. Making your own bread sounds hard. Truly, controlling the ingredients and mastering some basic techniques is empowering. Use organic flours, replace water with herbal infused tea and control the chemicals by adding none. I am not saying I don’t buy bread, I do. I also think it important to balance the amount of carbohydrate we eat. I avoid eating too much gluten. But demonizing a food seems to make little sense, especially when modern processing is likely the heart of the problem. This lovely focaccia is an easy bread to bake. Personalize it with any topping you like or keep it plain. The dandelion tea can add extra nutrients and may even help our bodies absorb them. Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think about bread, gluten, and adding herbal tea to baking. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!