I never ask. I also say, anytime you want to get takeaway, a supermarket meal or eat out is fine with me. Cooking is such an onerous task for me but R tends to enjoy it but does tire of thinking of what to cook. I can often come up with a good suggestion.
Saturday he made kedgeree for dinner and for Sunday he had premade minestrone. He said some nice bread would be good with both of those. I can make some, I volunteered.
Now unlike Caro and perhaps others, I do not make bread from scratch. I put a bread mix in the old electric bread maker. How old? Judge by the colour of it. It is certainly not for sitting in a place of pride on a bench top. It may get used half a dozen times a year. I tried once and it makes excellent jam too. I've never had a loaf fail but I thought this one would be.
We tried a different loaf, brand and style, a white Vienna. The instructions said select the French setting on your bread maker. Ah yes, I've seen that setting. A little travel experience indicated an Austrian setting would be better, but I lack the cooking experience to argue.
Overhead lighting shows what is happening via a clear window in the lid. It was rising nicely. Still rising nicely. Oh, rising a bit much. Oh, the loaf is pressing against the lid. Will it push the lid open? At this point I thought it was going to be a failure.
But no, it was a terrific loaf and very light. Next time I may just add five grams of yeast rather than six.