Early in the morning, her father would make the dough, knead it and put the cast-iron pot onto the coals.

Bread-baking day during their summer holidays in the Cederberg is still to this day one of the best memories of her life. It was a whole process, remembers Nelia Richter, assistant editor of Landbou-weekblad. ‘From the exact amount of coals to put on top of the pot to opening the lid with everyone standing around to admire the masterpiece, and then obviously the big tasting.’

In the lockdown period, she, like so many people around the world, sought comfort in baking. She quotes Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky: ‘There is nothing more indisputable than bread.’

A friend of mine in the United States, whose college-student daughter and her boyfriend moved in with her and her husband, sent a WhatsApp message about her family all thoroughly enjoying her bread. ‘I’ll send the

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