Some Stories Shared
We had a great day yesterday with the sourdough class. Sampling lots of different kinds of bread as everyone develops their recipes is something to look forward to. It is so fun to see each bread recipe "tweeked" to fit the house that it is being made in.
Really, what is sourdough bread? Starter, flour, salt, oil and a little sweetner. You can add other things, change the process, shape it to suit you, sour it to suit your families taste and learn to appreciate an art from yesteryear.
Ultimately, we are a community, sharing ideas. Our community is comprised of strangers and friends, old and young, and every spectrum of world views you could ever hope to find. I love it :) The stories, ideas and tips on sourdough bread that have been coming in are helpful, encouraging and all sound so good. This page is listing out some of the stories.
I have lost the wonderful sourdough cinnamon roll recipe Becky sent me, but she is sweet and will probably just send it again. The rolls were a lot better than my first try. Mine had the consistency of... I don't know... a brick? They were OK dipped in coffee. One of Becky's got hidden to have with a cup of coffee at choir practice. So good Becky.
My friend Sherri has sent in not just a recipe, but a history of sourdough starter and some of her memories. It can be found on her blog. She has lots of other ideas from another era. She loves to study how things were done in another age. I think you will enjoy her story. It is refreshing to go visit her "keeping room"
Vanessa made her first batch of sourdough bread, and some butter with it. What is so fun is that she used Bobbi's recipe and pictures as her guide. I still need to try the egg wash.
Melissa is now an old hand at sprouting wheat, making bread and coming up with clever, non-plastic storage ideas. She is also trying the butter. She shared her pictures and knowledge here recently. She is in the middle of the butter adventure.
Finally, Jamie has been sending in a lot of good ideas, pictures and clear directions. She is a wonderful researcher and writer and has been trying so many ideas, writing about them and getting them to me. Hopefully she will just fire up her own blog soon. Gotta do it Jamie! (Why don't you already have one?)
Our church community has been trying hard to change a lot of our old habits. Pot lucks now have a lot of nutrient dense foods there. We are doing a meal tonight for the young couple's group of a very dense soup (chicken, rice, quinoa, veggies and broth), salad and sourdough bread...oh, and latte's made with some really good milk. I will take pictures and post them soon. It should be another fun evening.
Be blessed and healthy. Make wise choices for your family. Is there one change you can make today?