So Far, So Good…
You know those New Year’s Resolutions I made? Well, I’ve kinda made some progress towards actually, you know, keeping them.
Yesterday, Superwife and I, joined occasionally by The Wonderkids, did a lot of garden work. We filled our green waste bin. We mulched, weeded and planted. And, we harvested. Nothing like freshly picked basil tossed in at the last minute to a big pot of spaghetti and black mussels with tomato and garlic. Mmm. Yummy.
Before we did all that, I also popped into our local bakery, (which has been running since the 1800’s,) and bought some live yeast. Today, I used that yeast to kickstart a sourdough starter. Let me say right from the off, I had NO idea what I was doing. Sure, I knew to mix flour and water with a bit of olive oil and salt. I knew to mix, knead, and let rise. That was about it. Every recipe I looked up either online or in actual paper books all seemed to contradict each other, so I decided to wing it.
I wound up with two loaves that looked like this:
Then I baked ’em.
The bread actually tasted pretty good, even though it looked more like damper than actual bread. Both of The Wonderkids tried some. Superwife had a few slices – she even went back for seconds. The flavour was nice and sourdough-ish, but the texture could have been better. I reckon I need to tweak the recipe and lengthen the proving times. Now, I see this as a long-term, teach myself sort of thing. I know there are all manner of recipes out there. I know there are pre-mixed packets of flour to which you just add water.
Another thing I know is that I’m a pretty hopeless student. If someone tries to actually teach me how to bake bread, I’ll probably want to give up. But, I can also be a stubborn bugger. Left to my own devices, I can, on occasion, keep trying till I get something right. It tends to make me a bit of a pain in the arse at times for those poor sods around me who have to out up with my crazy little missions, but sometimes… just sometimes, I manage to come up with something worthwhile.
I’ll let you all know how I go.